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Thursday, August 22, 2013

EWTN Press Release

EWTN This Week: Women’s Roles in the Church & the Battle for Religious Freedom

Plus Helping the Poor in Peru, Feature Film on Pope Paul VI,
& More

Irondale, AL – Their “Summer Tour” isn’t over yet! Join Fr. Mark & Doug Barry, the “Rock Stars” of “Life on the Rock,” as they travel to Franciscan University’s Summer Youth Conference! Squeeze in one last end-of-summer “vacation” with “Life on the Rock.” Airs LIVE at 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 22—only on EWTN!
Do you think you have a call to the religious life, but aren’t sure what your next step should be? Natalie Smith, founder of, tells “EWTN Live” Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa about how her organization’s retreats and materials help those discerning a religious vocation.  Don’t wait to answer your call—watch “EWTN LIVE” at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, August 21—only on EWTN!
Is this generation the cataclysm of Catholicism? Author and future Host of “EWTN News Nightly” Colleen Carroll Campbell begs to differ! Find out why she thinks that there is a hunger for Christ now more than ever when “EWTN Bookmark” Host Doug Keck interviews her about her newest book! Find more about “The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy.” Airs 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, August 25—only on EWTN!
Step up to bat with these Heavy Hitters for the Faith!  Take part in the EWTN Family Celebration “All Star Religious Liberty Roundtable” with EWTN President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw, Becket Fund General Counsel Kyle Duncan, EWTN General Counsel John Manos, and EWTN Chaplain Fr. Joseph. Don’t miss as these All Stars take a swing at the political issues that threaten our most cherished freedom. Airs 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, August 24—only on EWTN!
This Saturday is Ladies’ Night on EWTN! Find out what your favorite EWTN hostesses think is the true vocation of women in this special one-hour “Women of Grace,” recorded live at EWTN’s Family Celebration in Birmingham! Airs 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, August 24—only on EWTN!
Taking “obedience classes” for God’s laws won’t fence you in! Fr. James Mallon and his faithful mutt Monzi demonstrate how surrendering to Christ’s will actually frees us to live healthy spiritual lives. Unleash your faith by tuning in to “Dogmatic Theology” at 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 25—only on EWTN!
Watch as the  story of Pope Paul VI begins: Before he took his place as a successor to Peter, the future Pope Paul VI lived out his daily routine as a humble priest and university professor – little did he know that he would be called upon to become one of the most influential Popes in modern day history! Watch the first part of this feature film, “Pope Paul VI,” at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, August 24—only on EWTN! (Not Available via Livestream or Roku). 
Making a difference despite their differences! In order to give the most care for those in need, the religious and lay communities of Peru work together to provide assistance and education for the poor and disabled who live in their country.  See the fruits of their combined efforts when “Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World” airs 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 22.
Reflect on what it means to be Catholic!  Watch the first episode of Fr. Langsch’s thoughtful new series as he challenges us to hold up a mirror to our own Catholic Formation, and see on what it truly means to be “Made in His Image!” Airs at 6:30 p.m. ET, Friday, August 23—only on EWTN

EWTN President & CEO Michael Warsaw
To Receive Fullness of Truth's
"2013 Defender of the Faith” Award

Irondale, AL – EWTN President & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw will receive the “Defender of the Faith” award from Fullness of Truth Catholic Evangelization Ministries at its annual summer conference on Saturday, August 24 in San Antonio.
“The Fullness of Truth Board selected Michael Warsaw to receive the 2013 Defender of the Faith award for his uncompromising stance in protecting religious freedom,” said Fullness of Truth Executive Director Patrick Ryan. “Specifically, leading EWTN as one of the first organizations to file a lawsuit challenging the US Department of Health and Human Services Contraceptive Services Mandate. In addition, Mr. Warsaw's efforts to promote the beauty of the Catholic faith in the New Evangelization are unparalleled.”

Warsaw, who will give a talk at the Fullness of Truth Conference next week, said: “I am honored to be receiving this award, and I thank Fullness of Truth for recognizing EWTN’s efforts. However, I am saddened that the actions of the U.S. Government made the filing of a lawsuit necessary in the first place. As I stated when we filed our suit on Feb. 9, 2012, EWTN is being forced by the government to make a choice: either we fund coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and violate our conscience or offer our employees and their families no health insurance coverage at all. Neither of those choices is acceptable.”

Over the past 18 months, the fight for religious liberty has continued to escalate. The State of Alabama joined EWTN’s lawsuit as a plaintiff on March 22, 2012. Almost one year to the day later, a federal judge found that the Network did indeed have legal standing to file the lawsuit, but dismissed the case because of the promise of future revisions by the Obama Administration. Since that March 25, 2013 dismissal, the Administration has hardened its stance, which led Warsaw to assert once again that “EWTN remains committed to fighting this senseless mandate.”

Warsaw has also led an outreach to the public on this issue. He wrote a well-received editorial that was published by “The New York Times;” he has given numerous television and print interviews on the subject; he has organized panels on Religious Liberty, including one as recently as August 19, 2013; and he has given a platform to U.S. Bishops and others in their efforts to instruct the faithful about the importance of religious liberty.

Fullness of Truth Catholic Evangelization is a lay Catholic apostolate based in Kingwood, Texas, which is dedicated to facilitating the “New Springtime of Evangelization” through regional family conferences, local parish-based events, an expanding array of multi-media platforms and the Fullness of Truth Book & Gift store.

“The Defender of the Faith Award is given annually to a person who demonstrates an unusually high level of leadership and courageousness in their efforts to preserve religious freedom in the Catholic tradition,” Ryan said. “This person’s actions serve to motivate others in living out their Catholic faith with boldness and conviction.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest Catholic media network in the world.

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