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The Eternal Word Television Network ("EWTN") is a U.S.-based broadcasting network that carries Catholic-themed programming. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and a suburb of Birmingham. Alabama (formally the State of Alabama;) is a State located in the southern region of the United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Wireless communication is the transfer of information over a distance without the use of electrical conductors or " Wires quot Shortwave Radio operates between the frequencies of 3000 KHz (3 DirecTV (trademarked as "DIREC' TV' " is a Direct broadcast satellite (DBS service based in El Segundo California, USA, that was founded Not be confused with Indian Service Dish TV DISH Network is a Direct broadcast satellite (DBS service that provides Satellite television Sky Angel US LLC describes itself as a " Christian -owned and operated multi-channel television service specializing in Christian and family-friendly TV and radio programming The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The programs include a Daily Mass from its Birmingham, Alabama Monastery/Studios, talk shows such as EWTN Live and Sunday Night Live, Daily Rosary, Benediction, doctrinal instruction programs, entertainment/variety shows, children's programming, live coverage of world Catholic events such as Bishops' conferences and Papal travels, music shows, youth programming, and so forth. The Mass is the Eucharistic celebration in the Latin liturgical rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Birmingham (ˈbɝmɪŋhæm is the largest City in the US state of Alabama and is the County seat of Jefferson County. A benediction ( Latin: bene, well + dicere, to speak is a short Invocation for divine help Blessing and guidance usually at the History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and EWTN is an independent charitable organization based in Irondale, Alabama, USA. Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and a suburb of Birmingham. It has trustees but does not have shareholders or owners. 
Mother Angelica began receiving requests for speaking engagements, which led to the development of a video series of her talks taped at a local CBS affiliate Birmingham television station WIAT (then known as WBMG). Mother Angelica, PCPA (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo on April 20 1923 is an American Roman Catholic Nun and founder of the Eternal Video is the technology of electronically capturing, Recording, processing storing transmitting and reconstructing a sequence of Still images CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. WIAT is the CBS affiliate in the Birmingham / Tuscaloosa / Anniston Alabama television market Her shows aired on CBN Cable (now ABC Family) as well as TBN. The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is a Christian Television broadcasting network in the United States. ABC Family is an American Cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company The Trinity Broadcasting Network ( TBN) is a Christian television network headquartered in Costa Mesa California with studios in Irving Texas According to Mother Angelica's many retellings of the story, she decided that she wanted her own television station after appearing in Chicago as a guest on a show called Among Friends on WCFC TV Channel 38, saying "I have got to have one!!"
In 1980 she built a TV studio on monastery property in Irondale, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. WCPX is the ION Television Owned and operated station in Chicago. Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and a suburb of Birmingham. Alabama (formally the State of Alabama;) is a State located in the southern region of the United States of America. This developed into the worldwide broadcast center that is currently known as "EWTN" or the "Eternal Word Television Network. "
Mother Angelica purchased satellite space and EWTN signed on in August 1981 with 4 hours a day of programming, including talk shows, Mother Angelica Live (aired two nights a week), Sunday Mass once a week, and re-runs of older Catholic programs such as Life Is Worth Living with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Life is Worth Living was an inspirational American television series which aired on the DuMont Television Network from 1951 to 1955 and then on ABC Servant of God Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American Archbishop The remainder of the time was filled with shows produced by Catholic dioceses across the country. Other programs occupying the schedule included Christian drama shows produced by the Lutheran Church This is Life and Patterns for Living, some Protestant teaching programs that Mother Angelica determined were in agreement with her understanding of Catholic principles, and children's shows such as Joy Junction and The Sunshine Factory. Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the teachings of the sixteenth-century German reformer Martin Luther About a third of programming time consisted of secular content, such as re-runs of The Bill Cosby Show, public domain movies, and cooking and western-themed shows. The Bill Cosby Show is an American Situation comedy that aired for two seasons on NBC from 1969 until 1971 The public domain is a range of abstract materials &ndash commonly referred to as Intellectual property &ndash which are not owned or controlled by anyone
Secular content was gradually dropped from 1986 to 1988, and in 1987 satellite distribution was expanded to a more desirable channel and EWTN went 24 hours a day. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) Satellite television is Television delivered by the means of Communications satellites as compared to conventional Terrestrial television and Cable At this point, the channel began running the rosary daily and added a number of Catholic doctrine teaching shows. Program production gradually increased at the station.
The Mass which aired weekly became televised daily in 1991 and their production approached nearly half the day. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. At this point most shows from non-Catholic sources were dropped. A more traditional image gradually developed, which remains to this date.
EWTN's own promotional information states that it has become the largest religious media network in the world. It transmits 24-hour programming to more than 123 million homes (146 million homes as of February 2008) in 127 countries and 16 territories on more than 4,800 cable systems (5,200 cable systems as of February 2008), wireless cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users. A cable is one or more Wires or Optical fibers bound together typically in a common protective jacket or sheath Direct broadcast satellite (DBS is a term used to refer to Satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception also referred to more broadly as direct-to-home This article is about artificial satellites For natural satellites also known as moons see Natural satellite. Though the Catholic cable network claims to have an expansive viewership, critics of the network have been skeptical of the reported numbers through the years. According to a 1994 cover story in the National Catholic Reporter “Mother Angelica claims to reach 38 million homes in 49 states, and every Latin American capital 24 hours a day, though EWTN has made no scientific studies to measure who really watches. The National Catholic Reporter (NCR is an independent weekly Newspaper Published since October 1964 by lay and religious of the Roman Catholic Church Mother Angelica, PCPA (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo on April 20 1923 is an American Roman Catholic Nun and founder of the Eternal The station does this with a staff of 124 for about $8. 5 million a year, while raising about $25 million a year in donations. ”
In 1992, EWTN established the largest privately owned shortwave radio station, WEWN, in the Birmingham area. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Shortwave Radio operates between the frequencies of 3000 KHz (3 WEWN is the Shortwave radio outlet of the Eternal Word Television Network, a large Catholic international broadcaster. The station broadcasts Catholic programming 24 hours a day in English and Spanish. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States In 1996, EWTN launched a free satellite-delivered AM/FM radio network to stations worldwide, also in English and Spanish. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light.
In 2004, EWTN announced an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, which allows Sirius to carry EWTN programming. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
In April 2008, EWTN broadcast for six days on XM Radio to cover the papal visit of Pope Benedict XVI. International holidays and other major events April 1 - April Fools' Day April 4 - Qingming Festival (Mainland History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and Pope Benedict XVI ( Latin: Benedictus PP XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger
The EWTN News department produces a daily news service for the television and radio network, featuring news sources including Vatican Radio. Vatican Radio ( Radio Vaticana) is the official Broadcasting service of the Vatican. They also produce a show combining worldwide topics of current interest and politics along with Catholic teaching, entitled The World Over, hosted by Raymond Arroyo. Raymond Arroyo is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News the news division of the Eternal Word Television Network, a Roman Catholic broadcasted network founded
In its early history, EWTN ran a wide variety of Catholic-produced programming from various Catholic sources. This ranged from Catholic charismatic programming such as Father Michael Manning to shows focusing on social reform and justice, such as Christopher Closeup, to doctrinal teaching shows hosted by various priests and bishops. Reform Movement redirects here For specific organizations by that name see Reform Movement (disambiguation A reform movement is a kind
In the early 1990s, as EWTN began producing more of its own shows and broadcasting the Mass daily, the network was able to begin fighting some of the progressive trends within the Church. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 EWTN shows began preaching more explicitly against relativism, as well as rebuking Catholics out of communion with Church in matters of doctrine and morals. This article attempts to confine itself to discussion of relativism in morals and ethics The network also showed concern for the way Mass was being celebrated in many parishes, arguing that many churches no longer celebrated the Mass in a reverent manner. In 1992, the daily Mass broadcast by EWTN began using Latin for some of the common prayers of the liturgy. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. It also reduced the use of contemporary music featuring guitars, drums and piano, and limited the instruments used during the Mass to organ and violin. The Mass also began to feature more use of Gregorian Chant. History Gregorian chant was organized codified and notated mainly in the Frankish lands of western and central Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries with later additions
On Christmas Eve of 1993, Mother Angelica and her order of nuns changed their habit to a more traditional style. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) This was well received by the viewers, as many faithful Catholics have been disappointed in recent decades to see some modern nuns rejecting outward signs of their faith.
EWTN has programs discussing Non-Catholic beliefs from its own Catholic perspective, such as The Journey Home in which converts to Catholicism, usually from other Christian denominations, indicate their former beliefs, state their reasons for converting, and discuss the spiritual journey that they travelled to reach the Catholic Church (hence the program's title). As a Christian Ecclesiastical term Catholic —from the Greek adjective, meaning "general" or "universal"—is described List of Christian denominations (or Denominations self-identified as Christian) ordered by historical and doctrinal relationships Guests are usually former Protestant pastors and ministers and occasionally include laypeople who are converts to the Catholic faith.
Shows such as Sunday Night Live with Fr. Benedict Groeschel also host religious discussions which include participation from callers of many different faiths (i. e Catholics as well other Christian denominations, usually Protestants, and includes other religions such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus as stated by individual callers on the show). Protestantism refers to the forms of Christian faith and practice that originated in the 16th century Protestant Reformation. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion A Hindu ( Devanagari: हिन्दू is an adherent of the philosophies and scriptures of Hinduism, a set of religious, Philosophical
EWTN has been the target of criticism for its socially, politically and theologically conservative tendencies, and has engaged in controversy with persons, organizations and ideas on the other side of the spectrum.
In her live show on EWTN, Mother Angelica criticized a mimed stations of the cross featuring a woman playing Jesus which was viewed by Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, in 1993. World Youth Day is a youth-oriented Roman Catholic Church event The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a theological liberal, responded in an editorial to Mother Angelica’s criticisms about the pageant and other post-Vatican II issues in the Catholic Church, saying: "It was one of the most disgraceful, un-Christian, offensive, and divisive diatribes I have ever heard. Rembert George Weakland, OSB (born April 2, 1927) is a Roman Catholic Archbishop. The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, was the twentieth century Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church. " Mother Angelica’s answer to the Archbishop: "He didn't think a woman playing Jesus was offensive," Mother said of Weakland's criticism. "He can go put his head in the back toilet as far as I am concerned. "
In 1997, on her live show on EWTN, Mother Angelica publicly criticized Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles for his pastoral letter on the Eucharist entitled "Gather Faithfully Together: A Guide for Sunday Mass". Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony (born February 27, 1936) is an American Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. A Pastoral letter, often called simply a pastoral, is an Open letter addressed by a Bishop to the Clergy or Laity of his Diocese Eucharist in the Catholic Church refers to both the celebration of the Mass that is the Eucharistic Liturgy, and the consecrated bread and wine which  Upset by the perceived lack of emphasis on transubstantiation, she said, "I’m afraid my obedience in that diocese would be absolutely zero. See also Eucharist (Catholic Church On the related belief that Christ is present in the Eucharist in body blood soul and divinity see Real Presence. And I hope everybody else’s in that diocese is zero".  She later issued a conditional and reluctant apology. 
In 1999, Bishop David Foley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama issued a decree prohibiting priests in his diocese from celebrating Mass in the pre-Vatican II ad orientem position (literally "to the east", with people and priest facing in the same direction) under most circumstances. David Edward Foley (born 3 February 1930 was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on May 26 1956 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama is a Particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church that encompasses the northern  Though the decree never specifically mentioned EWTN, both supporters and critics of EWTN agreed that it was directed at Mother Angelica's Catholic television network, applying the prohibition to "any Mass that is or will be televised for broadcast or videotaped for public dissemination. " Bishop Foley stated that the practice of having the priest's back to the people "amounts to making a political statement and is dividing the people. " Some critics felt that pressure was put on Bishop Foley by anti-Mother Angelica critics, including Cardinal Mahony. The network complied with Bishop Foley's order despite the fact that the practice is permitted by liturgical law. 
A partial listing of EWTN programs:
The network also airs coverage of Church events worldwide, documentaries, music specials, the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other devotional segments. The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses" is a popular traditional Roman Catholic devotion. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion based on the visions of Polish Nun and Canonized