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

April 2, 2017


Everything Must Be Done 
For God's Glory - Not Our Own


"If in accomplishing a good deed
we do not have as our goal God's glory and the real well being of our brothers and sisters, looking rather for a return of personal interest or simply of applause, then we place ourselves outside the gospel vision.

Charity is a theological virtue 
that demands interior conversion to the love of God and neighbor in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on a cross gave his entire self for us."

-Message for Lent 2008
Lent with Pope Benedict XVI 
The Word Among Us Press

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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March 19, 2017

Praying in the Light of Christ

Lenten Reflections with Pope Benedict XVI

"Together with fasting and works of mercy, 
prayer is the backbone of our spiritual life."

"Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to find in this Lenten season prolonged moments of silence, possible in retreat, in order to review your own lives in the light of the loving plan of the heavenly Father."

"Let yourselves be guided in this more intense listening to God by the Virgin Mary, a teacher and a model of prayer. Even in the thick darkness of Christ's passion she did not lose the light of her divine Son but rather treasured it in her heart. For this we call on her as Mother of Trust and Hope!"

-Angelus Address, Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2009
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March 11, 2017

Spiritual Combat

Lent with Pope Benedict XVI



"St. Augustine remarks that those who want to walk in the love of God and his mercy, cannot be content with ridding themselves of grave and mortal sins but: 

"should do the truth, also recognizing sins that are considered less grave . . ., and come to the light by doing worthy actions. Even less grave sins, if they are ignored, proliferate and produce death." 

"Lent reminds us, therefore, that the Christian life is a never-ending combat in which the "weapons" of prayer, fasting and penance are used; 
Fighting against evil, against every form of selfishness and hate, and dying to oneself to live in God is the ascetic journey that every disciple of Jesus is called to make with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance." 

-Excerpt from Pope Benedict's March 2006 Ash Wed Homily

March 5, 2017


Lent With Pope Benedict XVI 

"The Christian's life is a life of Faith,founded on the Word of God and nourished by it. 
In the trials of life and in every temptation the secret of victory lies 
in listening to the word of truth and rejecting with determination falsehood and evil. 

This is the true and central program of the Lenten season: 
To listen to the word of truth; to live, speak and do what is true; 
to refuse falsehood that poisons humanity and is the vehicle of all evils. 

It is therefore urgently necessary in these 40 days to listen anew to the gospel, 
the word of the Lord, the word of truth, so that in every Christian, in every one of us, 
the understanding of the truth given to him, given to us, may be strengthened, 
so that we may live and witness to it."

Excerpt from Ash Wed General Audience, March 2006

February 28, 2017

EWTN Kicks Off Its 2017 Spring Season March 1: Experience Miracles, Motorcycles & Far Away Places

Unexpected! 
Champion Surfer Bear Woznick and a group of friends take a coast-to-coast motorcycle ride 
to spread the Catholic faith in “The Long Ride Home,” coming to EWTN in June. 
The program is part of the Network’s Spring lineup of shows,which begins rolling out March 1.
Photo courtesy of EWTN. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

In 1917, during the fourth year of World War I, Our Lady appeared six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal with prophetic messages and a miracle that stunned the world. In May 2017, the Catholic Church will begin a six-month celebration of the 100th anniversary of those six apparitions, which are widely considered to be the most important series of Marian apparitions in history – and there is no better place to see, celebrate, and learn everything about Fatima than EWTN.
The Network’s coverage of this momentous series of events – live from Fatima, Portugal – will also include EWTN’s six-part original mini-series, “The Miracle of Fatima,” documentaries, films and more. (Get frequently updated information about EWTN’s Fatima programming and a lot more at www.ewtn.com/fatima.)
However, as important as the Fatima celebration is, it’s just one part of the Network’s spectacular Spring season lineup, which begins in March 1 and continues through June.
“We’re very proud to be able to roll out a package of high-quality Catholic programming that covers many new and exciting topics of interest to our EWTN family,” said EWTN President & COO Doug Keck.
In addition to new episodes of all your favorite shows, EWTN’s Spring programs, which premiere the first week in March, will include new series such as:
  • “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly:” In partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, EWTN Host Catherine Szeltner gives viewers the tools they need to defend life from conception to natural death. What can I do to help create a culture of life in my home and in my country? Airs 11 p.m. ET, Fridays beginning March 310 a.m. ET, Sundays; and 3 a.m. ET, Mondays.
  • “Battle Ready:” Doug Barry, former “Life on the Rock” co-host, helps men discover the resources the Church offers to help them lead their families in today’s spiritual battles. What can I do as a husband and father to protect my family against the snares of the devil? Airs 11:30 p.m. ET, Sundays beginning March 5; and 3 a.m. ET, Fridays.
  • New children’s programs include “Hermie and Friends” (10 a.m. ET, Saturdays, beginning March 4) and “Bugtime Adventures” (4:40 p.m. ET, Fridays, beginning March 3).
  • Coming in June: “The Long Ride Home:” Champion Surfer Bear Woznick and a group of friends motorcycle their way from Florida to Texas to meet people, evangelize, and discuss the Faith. What does it mean to be a man living out your faith in today’s world?
  • Coming in June: “Real Life Catholic” Host Chris Stefanick travels the world and gets lessons in gratitude from a cranberry farmer in Wisconsin, discovers Catholic traditions in Cajun country, speaks with young saints in the making in Krakow during World Youth Day, and much more.
Plus, travel to:
  • Ireland with Fr. Nathan Cromley and a group of young people who walk in the footsteps of St. Patrick in “Discovering Patrick: Saint of Ireland.”
  • The Holy Land with EWTN’s Fr. Mark and Fr. Joseph to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Mary, and St. Peter.
  • Philadelphia with Fr. Charles Connor, who discovers “Catholic Beginnings” in the City of Brotherly Love – and more.
For a complete listing of all of EWTN’s television programming and show times, please go to www.ewtn.com/television. Keep up-to-date on EWTN programs and news from a Catholic perspective via EWTN’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline.
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.

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.