August 25, 2017

EWTN's 'Called and Chosen - Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno' Showcases Military Chaplain's Heroics On & Off Battlefield

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EWTN Global Catholic Network 
Aug 24, 2017, 12:37 ET


In this scene from EWTN original docudrama “Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno,” the Military Chaplain, played by Actor James Hutson, hears the battlefield confession of a fellow Marine, played by Michael Sedler. Premieres 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 30 on EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. Encores at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 2; and 3 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 4.
In these days when the world is in so much need of real heroes, Father Vincent R. Capodanno stands out as a man of God, who is worthy of emulation. If you want your teenagers to understand what it means to live for more than yourself, and how to set an example without preaching, then gather the family around the television at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 30 for the premiere of “Called and Chosen – Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno.” (Encores at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 2; and 3 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 4.)
This EWTN original docudrama depicts the life of a former Maryknoll missionary in Taiwan, a young man who would eventually die – at the age of 38 — on the killing fields of Vietnam as he was administering the sacraments and pulling others to safety. This extraordinary priest died, not because he cared about the politics of war, but because he cared about the men who were dying on those fields; men who needed God and the sacraments; men who needed what only a Catholic priest who was unafraid to die could give them.

The real Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the Military Chaplain whose life is depicted in EWTN’s new docudrama, “Called and Chosen.”
The film will be preceded by a special “EWTN Live” with Writer/Director James Kelty (“Kateri”); George J. Phillips, Chairman of the Board of the Father Capodanno Guild (who served with the priest and whose testimony is also in the film); and Mary Preece, Vice-Postulator of Cause of Father Vincent R. Capodanno.
“Not only was Father Capodanno a hero, he was one of those people who had charisma while still being a very humble person,” says Kelty. “People just wanted to be around him — everyone who knew him told me that.”
The docudrama begins by depicting the priest’s idyllic early life as the son of Italian-American immigrants in Staten Island, N.Y.  Young Vincent was born into a family of faith in 1929, and was captivated early on by stories of brave missionary priests whose martyrdom was portrayed in the stories and films of his day. Little did anyone know that this little boy would one day join the ranks of these martyrs.

Battle scene from EWTN’s “Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno.”
“Called and Chosen” is most riveting in the last hour of the 90-minute film, which intersperses the testimonies of those Marines with whom Fr. Capodanno served with realistic battle scenes that put viewers into the heart of the action. We see a Military Chaplain who went into battle – even though it wasn’t required of him — armed only with the weapon of his faith.
Writer/Director Kelty is clearly an admirer. “He had a quiet strength, a way of mixing his ministry, the heart of which was to bring Christ to people,  in a way that made people feel that he wasn’t just pushing something on them, that he cared about them. When he was stateside (on leave), he would go to the hospital to visit someone he didn’t even know. He was that kind of person. He just never said no. Some of us, our basket is full. We have to withdraw. But he didn’t seem to do that. He was always there, available to everybody.”

In this war photo from Vietnam, the real Father Vincent Capodanno leads the Marines he served in prayer.
As this film explains, this was a priest who received 120 to 150 letters a day from former Marines who had returned home – letters he always did his best to answer. This was a priest who handed out St. Christopher medals and rosaries – including his own when he ran out – and who asked the recipients to pray for the enemy.
The men who served with Father Capodanno depict a priest who was fearless, who lived and prayed with the troops, who had a tremendous ability to listen, who could somehow tell what a Marine wasn’t saying, who had a sense of humor, and who almost always allowed others to decide when a conversation had ended.
Father Capodanno died exactly where he wanted to be, where he knew God willed him to be. As one Marine who served with him said upon seeing Father’s body: “Every other American I had seen killed had a very terrified look on their face. He was at peace.”

Fifteen of the actors portraying the young Marines in EWTN’s “Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno” are students from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.
Kelty says the hand of God was on the film from start to finish. He managed to connect with John Paul the Great University in San Diego, Calif., which directed him to five recent graduates who Kelty said did a phenomenal job of lighting and shooting the film.
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. connected Kelty with 15 students who do a superb job of playing Marines in the film. The actor who plays Father Capodanno even looks like the priest he portrays. The young actors were thrilled to meet a number of the Marines when the veterans visited the set during the filming, something Kelty called a great grace. “Hollywood extras wouldn’t have felt it the way these [Catholic student actors] did. The grace came from the vets that knew him and from these young guys who wanted so much to connect with that kind of heroism and courage and faith.”
Viewers will want to listen closely to the opening montage. Kelty was able to obtain two short snippets of Father Capodanno’s voice. In the first snippet, the priest calls upon God to grant absolution of sins. In the second snippet, part of a sermon Father gave to the Marines in Vietnam, you can hear him tell them: “God chooses the moment to call us back.”

The Marines who served with Father Vincent Capodanno said they never saw a priest celebrate Mass with such devotion.
God called Father Capodanno home as he was administering the sacraments and saving the life of a fellow soldier. As Jesus said in John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
This film will not only make you proud to be Catholic, it will make you want to be a better Catholic and, whatever you are facing, it will give you courage. After watching the heroism of this young priest, viewers will want to take to heart the message that Father Capodanno imparted to his men before they went into what would be this priest’s final battle: “Do not be afraid this day, for God is with us.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

August 14, 2017

EWTN’s Best Ever Season Preview



IRONDALE, Ala.Aug. 14, 2017/WeAreTheSaltBlogspot — (EWTN) –
Whatever type of television program you prefer – movies, documentaries, music, talk shows, educational/inspirational/or children’s programs – this fall the Network to watch is EWTN. Learn about the life of the soon-to-be beatified Fr. Stanley Rother, be inspired by the heroic life and death of Military Chaplain Fr. Vincent Capodanno, celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in a dramatization of Our Lady of Fatima’s final apparition in Portugal, enjoy on-location interviews with business owners whose faith guides their business decisions, discover how to be a force for good on the Internet – and much more!

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Photo: "Called and Chosen - Father Vincent R. Capodanno." 

Get a sneak peek, featuring clips from all of EWTN’s new shows, when EWTN President Doug Keck hosts the “EWTN Season Preview.” Airs 4:30 p.m. ETMonday, Aug. 141:30 p.m. ETTuesday, Aug. 1510:30 p.m. ETFriday, Aug. 18; and 6:30 p.m. ETSaturday, Aug. 19.



This Season’s highlights include:
  • “Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno.” This powerful 90-minute EWTN original docu-drama about a military chaplain’s life and heroic death debuts at 10 p.m. ETWednesday, Aug. 30. But be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET for a special “EWTN Live” interview with Director James KeltyMary Preece, Vice-Postulator of Father Capodanno’s Cause for Canonization; and George Phillips of the Capodanno Guild. Encores at 3 p.m. ETSaturday, Sept. 2; and 3 p.m. ETMonday, Sept. 4.
  • “Beatification of Father Stanley Rother:” In the week leading up to this priest’s Sept. 23 beatification, EWTN will air a special documentary about the life of the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified. This Oklahoma-born priest turned Guatemalan missionary was warned not to return to his mission while on a home visit – but this shepherd refused to leave his flock and was martyred. Father Charles Connorhosts the special as well as EWTN’s live coverage of the beatification.
  • “The Message of Fatima”: The conclusion of this popular EWTN original mini-series celebrating the 100 anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima culminates this fall. The final two apparitions will air at 6:30 p.m. ETWednesday, Sept. 13, and 8:30 p.m. ETFriday, Oct. 13, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun! But don’t miss the Nov. 4 episode, which recreates subsequent apparitions to Lucia dos Santos in which Our Lady requested the First Saturdays Devotion. 
  • “MASSterpiece Donut Shop:” This high-end EWTN’s children’s program with “Donut Man” Host Rob Wahl explains the Mass so children – and adults! – can learn to understand and love it. Airs 4:30 p.m. ET, Mondays, beginning Sept. 4, with an encore at 9 a.m. Saturdays, beginning Sept. 9.
  • A Force for Good: Enjoy on location interviews with business owners who rely on their Catholic faith to manage their businesses, their employees, and their lives. This EWTN co-production with The Catholic University of America, hosted by Dr. Jay Richards, debuts weekly beginning 10 p.m. ETFriday, Sept. 8. Encores at 5:30 a.m. ET Mondays, and 1 p.m. ET Tuesdays.
  • “Life on the Rock”: This completely revamped weekly half-hour show, which debuts in October, features the priests of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in different segments that help viewers rock the New Evangelization.
  • “Digital Catholics:” Sister Helena Burns helps young people use their social media prowess to become a force for good on the Internet.
  • “An EWTN Holy Land Experience:” Travel to the Holy Land with Fr. Joseph and Fr. Mark in these special programs that will not only air on EWTN television, but live on EWTN’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline. Join EWTN’s Holy Land Facebook Group for behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and Q&A’s with the hosts!
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“The Message of Fatima”


There’s much more in store for viewers this fall! For a complete listing of programs, go to www.ewtn.com and search under the “Television” tab. Note: Times and dates are subject to change so please check for updates at http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/weekly-schedules.asp)

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.
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April 12, 2017

Pope Francis Appoints EWTN CEO to Vatican Post

Michael P. Warsaw Named Consultor to Communications Secretariat


Irondale, AL, April 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 
Pope Francis has appointed EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw as a Consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. The appointment was announced at the Vatican on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. As a consultor, Warsaw will have a role in advising the Pope and the Holy See on matters related to media and communications. The appointment comes as part a broad restructuring of the media operations of the Vatican.

“I am extremely humbled and honored by the Holy Father’s appointment,” said Warsaw.  “This is a tremendous recognition of the role which EWTN plays in the life of the Church throughout the world.  I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence and look forward to serving the universal Church in this post.”

Warsaw joined EWTN in 1991 and has held senior management positions in the areas of television production, satellite operations and technical services. He became President of EWTN in 2000 and assumed the post of chief executive officer in 2009. Warsaw was named chairman of the board of EWTN in 2013. In that capacity he oversees the Network’s strategic direction and mission around the world.  With the Network’s 2011 acquisition of the National Catholic Register, Mr. Warsaw assumed the role of publisher of that newspaper.

Prior to joining EWTN, Mr. Warsaw was employed by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.   He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the Catholic Distance University.
The Secretariat for Communications was established by Pope Francis in an apostolic decree on June 25, 2015.  Among its responsibilities, it has the task of carrying out the restructuring, reorganization and consolidation of the various communications outlets of the Holy See including the Vatican Television Center, the Vatican Publishing House, L’Osservatore Romano newspaper, Vatican Radio, the Holy See Press Office, Photographic Service and the Vatican Internet Service.  The office is headed by Monsignor Dario Vigano, who serves as Prefect.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

April 9, 2017

Lent with Pope Benedict XVI


Clean Hands and a Pure Heart


"He who has clean hands and a pure heart" can stand in the holy place" 
Psalm 24:24

Clean hands are hands that are not used for acts of violence. They are hands that are not soiled with corruption, with bribery. A pure heart - when is the heart pure?

A heart is pure when it does not pretend and it is not stained with lies and hypocrisy, a heart that remains transparent like spring water because it is alien to duplicity. A heart is pure when it does not estrange itself with the drunkenness of pleasure, a heart in which love is true and not only a momentary passion.

Clean hands and a pure heart: If we walk with Jesus, we ascend and find the purification that truly brings us to the height to which man is destined - friendship with God himself."

Pope Benedict XVI
Exerpt From Homily, Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord, April 1, 2007

March 26, 2017

Daring To Say Yes To God

Lent With Pope Benedict XVI

"He who loves his life loses it, 
and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." 
John 12:25

"In other words, the one who wants to have his life for himself - living only for himself - is actually the one who loses his life. 

Life becomes boring and empty. 
Only by self abandonment does our life become broad and great.

An upright life always involves sacrifice, renunciation. 
To hold out the promise of a life without this constant re-giving of self is to mislead. There is no such thing as a successful life without sacrifice."

-Homily, April 5, 2009
Excerpt from "Lent with Pope Benedict XVI Meditations for Every Day"
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