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 
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