USCCB Action Alert

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The Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS), has asked for comments from the public on how best to accommodate stakeholders who have religious objections to contraceptive and sterilization coverage, while assuring that people with no religious objection to such coverage can still obtain it.

The USCCB is asking us to send comments TODAY to HHS regarding the latest HHS mandate proposal affecting the Little Sisters of the Poor and many others.

Click on the following link for more info and to send your comments: http://lil.ms/1coe/1npuvb

EWTN To Air Complete Live Coverage Of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Canonization

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The EWTN Global Catholic Network invites viewers to tune in Sunday, Sept. 4 to celebrate the canonization of one of the world’s most beloved contemporary saints – Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. EWTN crews will be on-the-ground in Rome providing viewers with the most complete and authoritative coverage available in English, Spanish, and German. In addition, the Network will air related events, as well as numerous specials on Mother’s life and legacy, beginning Friday, Sept. 2. (Please see www.ewtn.com/motherteresa for a complete schedule of films and documentaries and to double check times as they are subject to change.

The “Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta” will air live from Rome at 4 a.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 4, with encores at 11:30 a.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. “EWTN News Nightly” Rome Producer Mary Shovlain and Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo (Host of the “Let Us Love” special on Mother Teresa) will host EWTN’s English language coverage.

Spanish coverage will be hosted by Catholic News Agency/ACI Prensa Executive Director Alejandro Bermúdez and guests. On the German side, Pia Cagianut, who anchored some of the German coverage of the Family Synod, will host, while EWTN Germany’s Robert Rauhut and Martin Rothweiler, EWTN Programming Director Germany, will co-host and provide commentary.

Those who prefer to listen to the canonization can tune into EWTN Global Catholic Radio (English) and EWTN Radio Católica Mundial (Spanish) for live coverage of the canonization.

Other Rome events to be televised include:

“Jubilee for Volunteers and Catechesis on Mother Teresa:” Airs live from Rome at 3:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 3, with an encore at 11:30 a.m. ET.
“Mother Teresa: Good and Faithful Servant:” Mary Shovlain hosts this special one-hour program, filmed in Rome, on the life of Mother Teresa with interviews and commentary. Airs 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 3, with encores at 10 p.m. ET that evening, and 10:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 4.
“Mass of Thanksgiving for St. Teresa of Calcutta:” Airs live at 3:30 a.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 5, with an encore at noon.
Striving to become a better person? Don’t forget to check http://www.ewtn.com/motherteresa to immerse yourself in inspirational programs celebrating what soon-to-be St. Mother Teresa said and did as a follower of Christ. (Find EWTN at http://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.

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Photo Caption: “EWTN News Nightly” Rome Producer Mary Shovlain will host EWTN’s English language coverage of the “Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta” along with Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo (Host of EWTN’s “Let Us Love” special on this beloved nun.) For further information, go to www.ewtn.com/motherteresa. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.Mary Shovlain ENN Rome

Hindus Welcome Chattanooga Tennessee Notre Dame Catholic High School Football Team Adopting Yoga

Hindus have welcomed football team of Notre Dame High School (NDHS), a prestigious Roman Catholic institution in Chattanooga (Tennessee) whose mission “is to share the Catholic faith”, for reportedly adopting yoga practice.

Commending the NDHS for coming forward and providing an opportunity to football players to avail the multiple benefits of yoga, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged sports/athletic teams of all Tennessee high schools to incorporate highly beneficial yoga in the lives of their players/athletes.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out.

Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a recently released “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.

Founded in 1876 and run by Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville; NDHS is spread over twenty acres; 92% of whose 2015 graduates received scholarship offers and over half of whose students participate in at least one of athletic teams. Its school calendar includes daily Mass; it shares “the Catholic faith by Discovering Christ in the daily routine of student life”; and here “the beliefs, values, and traditions of Catholic Christianity underlie academic instruction and religious formation”. Most Reverend Richard F. Stika is the Bishop; Sister Mary Marta Abott is Diocesan Superintendent of Schools; George Valadie is NDHS President; Matt Pobieglo is Director of Athletics; Charles Fant is Head Football Coach; and Margaret White is Yoga Instructor. NDHS football team has reportedly been doing yoga for the last about four years.

EWTN To Air Comprehensive ‘World Youth Day’ Coverage Live From Kraków, 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 speFr. Markakers 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, http://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.

EWTN Original Movie ‘Kateri’ Honored At Vatican Film Festival

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“Kateri, an EWTN original movie production, was selected from hundreds of films to receive teh prestigious Capax Dei award on June 23 at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. “Kateri” Director James Kelty (L) accepted teh award during a banquet held at the Vatican’s Palazo della Cancelleria, along with Rome Bureau Chiev, EWTN News, Alan Holdren

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.

EWTN Acquires ChurchPOP

Online Media Platform Targets Millennials with Shareable Content

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced the acquisition of ChurchPOP, a fun, informative and inspirational online platform of “shareable Christian culture,” which can be found at churchpop.com. In addition to the primary ChurchPOP service, the acquisition also includes ChurchPOP Español and ChurchPOP Português.

“The content available on the ChurchPOP platforms provides a terrific vehicle to engage millennials and others who might not be reached by more traditional religious media,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Throughout our 35-year history, EWTN has always been at the forefront of the new evangelization, using every possible form of media to carry out our mission. The addition of ChurchPOP to the EWTN family will enable us to continue to expand our audiences around the globe.”

“I’m honored to be working with EWTN,” said ChurchPOP founder and Editor-in-Chief Brantly Millegan. “I credit our present success to the great writers who contribute to ChurchPOP and to our readers, who help spread the word about the websites. Thanks to the backing of EWTN, we have big plans for the future of ChurchPOP.”

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 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.

EWTN Statement on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In HHS Mandate Case

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The following is a statement by Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, on the May 16 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Zubik v. Burwell case:

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the decisions of four federal appellate courts on the HHS Mandate is a clear victory for EWTN and all of the plaintiffs who have spent the last several years fighting against the government’s attempt to hijack our employer-sponsored health care plans in order to force us to provide contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. The Supreme Court has now said what we have been saying throughout our challenge of the Mandate, that the government does indeed have less restrictive means to accomplish its goals without forcing religious organizations like EWTN and the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate our strongly held moral beliefs or face crushing fines. The government itself was forced to admit this as part of its case before the Supreme Court. With regard to EWTN’s own case, today’s ruling by the Supreme Court strikes down several of the key decisions upon which the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based its previous ruling against EWTN. While we await further action by the 11th Circuit in the EWTN case, we are even more confident that we will prevail.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; 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.