January 17, 2017

EWTN PRESS RELEASE

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly' to Debut with January Special
New Show, In Partnership with Susan B. Anthony List, Helps Viewers Create a Culture of Life

IRONDALE, Ala., Jan. 17, 2017 
EWTN Global Catholic Network in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, will launch a new half-hour weekly program that will inform and educate viewers about current issues of importance in advancing a culture of life.
"EWTN Pro-Life Weekly" will launch with a January special on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. ET with an encore on a Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. ET. The show will begin airing each week at 11 p.m. ET Fridays, 10 a.m. ET Sundays, and 3 a.m. ET Mondays starting March 3, 2017.

"Despite the fact that there are many signs of hope, our culture continues to chip away at the right to life from conception to natural death," said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. "I believe this is the perfect time to produce a show that takes pro-life reporting and analysis to the next level. 'EWTN Pro-Life Weekly' not only seeks to inform, but also to show viewers how to engage everyone from their friends and neighbors to their elected representatives on the life issues. The show will also focus on those who are already doing great work, such as the Susan B. Anthony List. Our goal is that viewers will be motivated, inspired, and equipped to make a difference."

"Susan B. Anthony List is thrilled to partner with EWTN on this program that will go beyond delivering news," said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "We will call on our audience to take concrete action to enact lifesaving legislation for unborn children and their mothers. SBA List will bring our political insight, legislative analysis, as well as relationships with legislators and members of the media to help create a dynamic, must-watch program. The show will collapse the distance between the White House, Congress, the press, and those at home who care deeply about saving unborn boys and girls, who want to know what more than can do. Viewers will meet the key players, see what they see, and become a part of the grassroots army engaged in high-stakes fights. With a pro-life White House and Congress, our movement is in the strongest position possible to advance historic protections for the unborn."

Catherine Szeltner, who was first introduced to viewers as a correspondent with "EWTN News Nightly," will serve as the host for the program. "We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement," said Szeltner. "What are the expectations here? What's realistic? What's not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises? Each program will feature a call to action segment that is intended to very clearly give people the steps they can take to become engaged in the fight for life. This is the main vision for the show."

"In addition," said Szeltner, "we will be the authoritative resource for the latest pro-life news. We'll explain what's happened each week, especially as it concerns abortion and assisted suicide. We also want to be a platform for dialogue on confusing questions so viewers can walk away feeling more confident about engaging in the discussion. We'll end with a segment on a group or person who is building up the culture of life."

While abortion and assisted suicide are major concerns, Szeltner says the show will take a "holistic, Catholic approach," which means that the show will focus on pro-life issues in all areas and stages of life. 

The debut special will air right before the March for Life and will include a look at expectations for the new Trump Administration, ways to get involved with the pro-life movement, and a powerful interview with a survivor of an abortion attempt.

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.

Susan B. Anthony List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. SBA List's education arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, provides the latest scientific research, statistical data, and public policy analysis on human life issues to activists and legislators across the United States and around the world.

October 26, 2016

EWTN:
 
Donald Trump In His Most Revealing Interview To Date

Raymond Arroyo Interviews Trump About Issues of Interest to People of Faith


Irondale, AL (EWTN) –
At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. “He reveals the reason he switched his position on the life issue, talks about religious liberty, and speaks to women’s concerns about his candidacy. We also spoke about his prayer life, whether he had a favorite saint, and a lot more.”


Said Arroyo: “Honestly, this is the most relaxed I’ve ever seen him on camera. Viewers will be very interested in what he has to say.”
See for yourself at 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

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 265 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.
                                                                                                                                      

July 3, 2016

THE STORM: A TIME OF MERCY, CHOICES AND HOPE

A Book written By Catholic Author James A. Toups ​
As found on Bloomberg, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, 
Boston Globe, Broadway World, World Net Daily, 
International Business Times, World Net Daily, 
State House News, Star Tribune, Sacramento Bee, 
Miami Herald, Denver Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 
Star Telegram, The News and Observer, Contra Costa 
Times, Daily Herald, LA Daily News, Salt Lake City 
Tribune, Lexington Herald Leader., Wall Street Business 
Network, The Deming Headlight of USA Today, and the 
Business Journals/Reviews of 39 major US cities.
The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope is a book of 22 stories of faith, intergenerational 
love, life struggles and storms, from the moment he was born in the Deep South of the United States 
of America, then as a son, husband, father, and grandfather in Louisiana; needed choices, personal 
and familial sacrifices, loss, grief, prayer, hope, peace, and joy, in the life of successful Catholic 
entrepreneur James A. Toups. 
Written by a man unafraid to express his true feelings, who has witnessed poverty and known 
suffering first-hand, and is an evacuee of the deadly Hurricane Katrina, the deep narratives 
found herein provide readers with a rare kind of insight and lived wisdom in how to survive 
and thrive in the face of whatever storms may come one's way, including but not limited 
to the major societal storm that is arising at present in the world and escalating with rapidity 
both in and across nations. The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope will resonate 
with the young and the old alike, male and female, across cultures, by illustrating for readers 
a personal process through which hope can be retained no matter the arising situation or 
condition, without falling into the depths of human despair and more.
To Learn More About the Author: About James A. Toups
- Business thought leader James Toups has penned a 
fast-moving account of growing up in love and Louisiana. 
This coming of age speaks to the trials that all young men will
 remember - and the Biblical solutions. Toups reminds us that 
we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and the 
protection and accountability that is community. The plot is of 
loss and near loss and recovery governed by Faith on this 
side of eternity, in the Hope that is to come. The story of 
hurricanes and avoiding Hell and high water will help and 
encourage any reader of any Faith Tradition 
-Jack Yoest, M.B.A., Clinical Professor of Management, 
The Catholic University of America.
- Toups offers a moving account of love and mercy amid the storms and stresses of life . . . There is 
plenty of light and shadow in this work . . . a book full of sentiment and moral conviction, but not 
sentimental or moralistic. Relevant Biblical quotations are weaved within the narrative, reinforcing 
a sense of personal salvation-history, and the simple words God is Good continually serve as a 
touchstone. Toups shows the importance of loving Christian witness within the family and an 
increasingly anti-Christian society, reciting the poetry of divine providence in ordinary lives. 
Reading this one senses the truth of this book's final words: "God is good, all of the time" 
Christopher Villiers, award-winning British Catholic theologian 
and author of Sonnets From the Spirit. 
"Poignant, moving at times to the point of tears, James Toups has provided a rare book of lived wisdom 
so necessary for the people who feel so lost in today's relativistic age. He has written an inspiring and 
inspired narrative of strong women and strong men unafraid to hold hope, through their faith in God, 
and do whatever it takes to raise their children to become adults with solid principles and virtue ethics, 
despite the successes and intergenerational losses and tragedies in their lives. Commencing with the 
love of women ready to die, if necessary, so that their children can be born and live; through the conflict 
of interracial tensions in the American South, the allure but emptiness of the fast life, the harrowing pain 
of stillbirth, the pure witness of refugees from the former Soviet Union and Vietnam, and living through 
personal, relational, and natural storms, including the deadly hurricane Katrina of which Toups and his 
family were evacuees, the author has beautifully illustrated how hope, held onto by prayer from the 
heart and watered by the grace of faith, manages without fail to effectively resolve any kind of situation, 
interior or exterior, no matter how painful or overwhelming things may be 
- Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, author of Deification of Man in Christianity.

"A truly honest book, which is rare . . . especially recommend the book for adolescent boys on the verge
of manhood. James's open heart and narrative, the likes of which many Christians keep for prayer and
growth, would lead boys into the new world of love, sacrifice, and responsibility"
-Marie Ann Dean, author of The Jeweler's Polish, teacher, poet, 
and Catholic homeschooler.

For Faith and Inspiration, follow James A. Toups on Twitter:
+James Toups Christ's Footsoldier




EWTN Original Movie ‘Kateri’ 
Honored At Vatican Film Festival

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – 
“Kateri,” an EWTN original movie production, was selected from hundreds of films to receive the prestigious Capax Dei award on June 23 at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. Representatives of EWTN were in attendance, including the film’s Director James Kelty, who accepted the award during a banquet held at the Vatican’s Palazzo della Cancelleria. The event, which has enjoyed the support of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, since its start in 2010, was attended by Cardinals, actors and actresses, producers, and composers.

"'Kateri’ was screened earlier in the week at the Vatican’s Palazzo Cesi to great reviews,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “We are honored that one of EWTN’s original films is now included in the roster of previous Capex Dei award winners, such as ‘For Greater Glory,’ and Bishop Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism.’”
Liana Marabini, foundress and president of the Catholic film festival, said “Kateri” was honored for its subject matter (“a saint we love and admire”), its artistic and technical merit, and, most especially, for its ability to inspire others by showcasing courage in all its many forms, something she believes gives “Kateri” great power to evangelize.

“The film shows the courage [of the missionaries] to introduce a new religion to the natives, the courage to withstand the rigors of the climate for their faith and, above all, Kateri’s courage to oppose her tribe and its traditions for Jesus,” Marabini said. “We need today testimonies of courage related to the Faith. We Westerners have become the champions of faded passions by dint of being politically correct. I think history obliges us to find again the courage of our predecessors; those solitary missionaries who, centuries ago, made a better world, risking their own lives. We must make a better world of ours before it sinks into nothingness. We have to give up the desire to please everybody and to stick to the Truth. Let’s take the example from Kateri.”
“It’s been a fun, thrilling week,” Kelty said. “I had been in Italy before, but this was my first time in Rome and my first time at the Vatican. It was overwhelming!”

Although Kateri was previously honored at the Vatican during her canonization, Kelty was overjoyed at the significance of this event for a saint with whom he has developed such a special affinity. “To think that Kateri – this little Mohawk girl from the wilderness – would have had her name and image displayed in Rome at the Vatican 400 years after her death is pretty amazing.”
Kelty is currently working with EWTN Acquisitions Director John Elson on a new film on Father Vincent Capodanno, whose life was popularized in the book, “The Grunt Padre.”
“I’m going to Vietnam at the end of August,” Kelty said. “We will shoot with Fr. Daniel Mode, author of “The Grunt Padre,” and three of the Marines who were with Father Capodanno the day he died. So life is just coming at me fast and furious but, God willing, we’re going to get this thing done!”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th 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 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN also includes 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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Photo caption: “Kateri,” an EWTN original movie production, was selected from hundreds of films to receive the prestigious Capax Dei award on June 23 at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. "Kateri" Director James Kelty (L) accepted the award during a banquet held at the Vatican’s Palazzo della Cancelleria, along with Rome Bureau Chief, EWTN News, Alan Holdren.
July 1, 2016


 

EWTN to Air Comprehensive 'World Youth Day' Coverage Live From Krakow, Poland
Team Coverage With Fr. Mark, Jason Evert & Chris Stefanick 
Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network’s live coverage of World Youth Day 2016 airs July 26-31 from Kraków, Poland with three of the best-known and most popular youth speakers in the country. 

Expect the unexpected from the Network’s in-country team including Fr. Mark Mary Cristina, MFVA (”Life on the Rock”); internationally acclaimed Author and Speaker Chris Stefanick (“Real Life Catholic,” “The Gospel Unplugged”); and “Chastity Project” and “Totus Tuus Press” Founder and Speaker Jason Evert. The team will be bringing viewers the sights and sounds of Kraków, along with their sure to be entertaining interviews with young people attending WYD, to both EWTN television and radio.

Spanish coverage will be provided on the Network’s U.S. Spanish-language channel EWTN Español and on the Network’s international Spanish-language radio service, EWTN Radio Católica Mundial, and will feature two more powerhouse speakers: Padre Agustino Torres CFR and Silvia Mariella Diaz.

Since its inception by the late Pope John Paul II in 1986, WYD has become the largest gathering of young people in the world. This year’s event, which is hosted by the Roman Catholic Church every three years, is expected to attract more than 2.5 million people.

In addition to EWTN’s television and radio coverage, viewers can tune in via live streaming on EWTN’s website or via EWTN’s free smartphone app. On the web, www.ewtn.com/wyd is the go-to place for all things World Youth Day. The mini-site will include the dates and times of all the events being broadcast, news articles about WYD from EWTN’s news services, transcripts of the Pope’s speeches, “On Demand” replay of events, a special app that will give viewers a 360 degree view of various sites around WYD, and a link to all of the above in Spanish!
Viewers will also be able to find WYD listings on EWTN’s free app under “Program Schedules” and “Video on Demand.”

This year’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” is fitting for the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, which began Dec. 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and which concludes Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
In a message to WYD coordinators, the Pope said: “Kraków, the city of Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina Kowalska, is waiting for us with open arms and hearts. I believe that Divine Providence led us to the decision to celebrate the Youth Jubilee in that city which was home to those two great apostles of mercy in our times. John Paul II realized that this is the time of mercy.”


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th 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 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN also includes 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.