Join Susan Conroy on the Coast of Maine for Her New EWTN Series, ‘Coming to Christ’

6_9-12_14_FB_Ad_Coming_ChristSusan Conroy, best known to EWTN viewers for her series involving her friendship with Mother Teresa, visited EWTN this week to talk with “EWTN Live” Host Father Mitch Pacwa and “Life on the Rock” Host Father Mark about her newest series, “Coming to Christ.” (Premieres 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, June 9-13.)

The series is one of the most aesthetically pleasing EWTN has ever filmed since it takes place entirely outdoors on the shores of Maine, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Spending time in Calcutta with Mother Teresa made her appreciate the saint’s sacrifice to leave her home country even more. Conroy says living conditions in Calcutta are “hell on earth” and it took visit to hell for her to appreciate all that Maine has to offer.

“Calcutta changed my life,” Conroy said. “It gave me an attitude of gratitude. Before Calcutta, I never thought to thank God for grass, a tree, flowers. Here in America, we see natural beauty all around — even in our workplace — and we take it for granted. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”

6_4_14_Mich_Blog_Susan_ConroyConroy said her first summer in Calcutta, she breathed in so much heavy pollution and soot that she thought she would develop respiratory problems. “I never thought to thank God for fresh air,” she said. “Back home in Maine, I take a deep breath and I smell fresh air, and the ocean, and pine trees.”

In Calcutta, the water was so polluted that she could see organisms swimming in it. She had to boil it and use water purification tablets – chemicals – to make it safe to drink. “I never thought to thank God for fresh water or a soft pillow.” To the latter point, Conroy said she saw many people sleeping on the streets – laying their heads on hard, filthy cement infested with rats and cockroaches. There were no soft pillows for them.

After taping each episode of her new series “with the Atlantic Ocean in the background and the sun rising up in the background,” Conroy said she and the EWTN crew would all say, “’We couldn’t have done this in the studio.’ Anything manmade doesn’t come close to what God has made.”

Conroy says her mother was very aware of her blessings. In fact, she taught her daughter to say this prayer every day: “Thank you my Lord and my God for all your wonderful blessings that we can feel so greatly.” But it took the Calcutta experience for Conroy to truly take this prayer to heart.

Would you like to develop a greater appreciation for the gifts God has given you? Join Conroy on the set in Maine for her new series, “Coming to Christ.”

“Give me the choice of the most fancy museum on the planet or watching the waves on the shore, feeling the fresh air, feeling the sunshine, and I’ll take what God has created every time,” Conroy added. “This beauty isn’t lost on me. It makes me love God even more!”

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Lessons From Fatima: What We Can Learn from Jacinta Marto

Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, postulator for the cause of canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, meets Pope Francis, who has consecrated his entire pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima.

In Part II of our interview with Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Jacinta and Francisco, Sister shares some of the lessons we can learn from the life of Jacinta Marto, one of the three visionaries to whom Our Lady appeared.

Do I understand that hell is real? Our Lady showed Jacinta a vision of hell, which deeply affected her. Sister Angela said Jacinta wanted to go to heaven, but she could not stand the idea of going there alone. She wanted to know why Our Lady didn’t show hell to everyone because she was sure, then, that everyone would reform and no one would go to hell. Want to know more about this? Sister recommends two books by one of the other visionaries, Sister Lucia. They are “Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words” and “Calls from the Message of Fatima” by the more mature Sister Lucia, who died before she could finish it.

The three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco & Jacinta, to whom Our Lady appeared in Fatima, Portugal, with important messages for the world.

What am I willing to do for God? Is it a big deal to me to refrain from eating meat or between meals on days like Good Friday?

Of the three Fatima visionaries, Sister said Jacinta is the one who physically suffered the most. While both Francisco and Jacinta were victims of the influenza epidemic, Francisco died peacefully at home, having received Communion the prior day, and in the presence of his parents. But Our Lady asked Jacinta if she was willing to stay on earth a bit longer to offer even more for poor sinners. Jacinta said yes.

Says Sister Angela: “Do you see how much Our Lady respects this little girl? She asks, ‘Are you willing to stay?’ And do you see the great generosity and trust of this little girl toward Our Lady?” Jacinta told Lucia, “Our Lady told me I was going to go to two hospitals and that I will die alone. That’s what hurts me the most. Maybe it will be a big hospital, really dark, and I will die alone.”

However, Sister says that Lucia visited Jacinta twice in the hospital and always found her happy because she had the possibility of offering more for the conversion of sinners, for the Holy Father, and for the consolation of the hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Here’s how Jacinta died. A rich family offered to take Jacinta to the best hospital in Portugal. Unfortunately, it was in Lisbon. Jacinta traveled to Lisbon with her mother who left her in a special orphanage. She was completely alone.

The Miracle of the Sun! Witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people and reported on by several newspapers in October 1917, the sun careened toward the earth and the rain drenched earth and the people themselves became completely dry in an instant!

The child endured surgery with no anesthesia. She later told a visiting priest that she was going to die the next day and requested Holy Communion. The priest told her that that her condition was not that serious and that he would bring her Holy Communion tomorrow. She died without receiving her Lord in the Eucharist. She was only nine.

“She died with a wound in her chest like Jesus,” Sister Angela said. “She was very configured with the Passion of Christ. ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ But Our Lady was there. Our Lady promised she would pick her up. And I’m almost sure she offered this suffering for the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Father.”

Do I believe that this is the worst time in the history of the world?

Why does Our Lady show the shepherd children heaven, hell and the things to come? Sister says it’s because, first, He wants us to know that He is still here with us. “You are part of Me, so do not be afraid.” Second, she reminds us that Our Lady said, “If what I say is done, many souls will be saved – so no more going to hell – and there will be peace – so no more war. In the end, there is always the door for hope.”

Sister adds that: “Each time has its own problems. Our time might seem worse than other times, but it is our time. We should not be afraid. We should prepare as in any time: Prayer, personal conversion, penance, love God and love our neighbors. We do not need to do extraordinary things – just live as children of God!”

Pope Francis has consecrated his pontificate and the world to Our Lady of Fatima!

Am I afraid of the future?

Sister says she loves the last sentence in Pope Emeritus Benedict’s second book on Jesus of Nazareth. He recalls that when Jesus ascended into heaven, He raised his hands in the position of blessing over his Apostles. The Pope says: “Those hands are the permanent reason of Christian joy.” The last gesture of Jesus in the skies of Fatima was also a gesture of blessing, Sister said.

“The message of Fatima is mainly a message of hope,” she continues. “In the words of Our Lady’s July 1917 apparition: ‘In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’” It’s the same reassurance that Jesus gives us in the Gospel: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)

If we walk with God, says Sister, “Why be afraid – even if I am the last one!”

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Lessons from Fatima: What We Can Learn From Francisco Marto

Think you know everything there is to know about Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal? I had the privilege of speaking to Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Jacinta and Francisco during her visit to EWTN, and after that conversation I can assure you there is more to the six apparitions than you may have realized.

If you’ve studied these important apparitions at all, you know that Our Lady appeared at

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at www.insideewtn.wordpress.com

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at http://www.insideewtn.wordpress.com

Fatima to ask us, her children, for prayer, (especially the rosary and the First Saturday devotion); acts of reparation (for our own sins and those of the world); and consecration to her Immaculate Heart, (especially the consecration of Russia). Our Lady said all of this is necessary to bring peace to the world.

However, as the postulator for the cause of canonization of two of the three children (the third being the children’s cousin Lucia), Sister Angela has spent countless hours studying the lives of this brother and sister and talking to those who knew them. In our interview, Sister Angela shared stories about the two children which highlight their spirituality. In Part 1 of this interview, we consider Francisco Marto’s holy life and some lessons we might learn from it.

How faithful am I to the graces I have received from God – often through the hands of Our Lady?

Contrary to popular opinion, the fact that someone sees Our Lady does not make them holy. In fact, Sister Angela says there are examples of seers in other apparitions who did not become saints. “What made the children holy was their faithfulness, their reaction, the way they dealt with the graces they were receiving. Each one of us receives graces, but how do we deal with them? The key was their commitment to everything they saw and heard.”

Am I happy with the graces God has granted me – or do I constantly compare myself with others?

The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.

The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.

“Francisco never heard Our Lady,” Sister Angela said. “He saw, but he couldn’t listen. That never bothered him. In this world, we are called to be ‘the best.’ If not, we think, ‘I’m not worthwhile. I’m trash.’ He was so humble that he accepted his apparently less privileged role in the history of Fatima. He was loved by God, so who cares that he couldn’t listen! He never felt humiliated. He never felt he was less than his cousin (Lucia) and his sister (Jacinta). He never asked God, ‘Why her and not me?’ One of our mistakes is comparing ourselves with others. That is pride. For me, among the three, the one who understood God the most, who had the deeper knowledge of the mystery of God, was Francisco Marto.”

Sister noted another problem with that “Gotta Be #1” mentality: “What about the millions and millions of people who are not Number One? Are they condemned to be unhappy? God calls us all to be happy. The Good News is a Gospel of Joy. That’s the great message of Easter!”

When things I don’t like happen in my life, do I demand that God explain Himself to me?

The Mother of Francisco told Sister Angela that, in the beginning, Francisco couldn’t see Our Lady. When Lucia realized this, she asked Our Lady why Francisco couldn’t see her. “Our Lady did not say why,” Sister said. “But she said to Lucia, ‘Tell him to pray the rosary and he will see me.’ Francisco obeyed with simplicity. After the sixth or seventh Hail Mary, he started to see Our Lady. Many of our whys will not get an answer, but if we surrender ourselves [like Francisco], everything will be alright.”

Sister Angela notes that this story also tells us the immense importance Our Lady attaches to the rosary.

Do I do my best to console the heart of God – do I even understand what that means?

Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Sister Angela said that Francisco was horrified when he realized how much our sins sadden the heart of God. What most defined this little boy’s spirituality was his insistence on the fact that we must all do our best to console the heart of God. Sister said Francisco’s father frequently heard him crying in the middle of the night. He would go to his son’s bedside and ask why he was crying. The child, who first saw Our Lady at age 8 and died at age 10, would say, “I’m thinking about God who is so sad. If only I could make him happy.” Sometimes, says Sister Angela, he did not sleep the whole night. He simply prayed.

Do I believe that only people with big important jobs have the ability to change the world?

In October 1996, Sister said that then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict) gave an interview to a Portuguese radio station where he said (and she was paraphrasing): “It’s one of the most frequent mistakes, even among Catholics, to think that only big political or economic events have an effect on the history of the world. Here, in Fatima, we think about prayer, conversion, and penance. It seems they are nothing, but they are the true efficacious things that can change the history of the world!”

 Next blog: Lessons From Fatima Seer Jacinta’s Life

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What It’s Like To Attend a Hollywood Premiere

The press gets ready to greet the stars of "Moms' Night Out" on the red carpet in front of TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood! The film opens Friday, May 9 -- just in time for Mothers' Day!

The press gets ready to greet the stars of “Moms’ Night Out” on the red carpet in front of TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood! Those pieces of paper on the ground are the names of the media outlets. Journalists stand behind the fence and the name of their outlet. The film opens Friday, May 9 — just in time for Mothers’ Day — and is described as a Valentine for mothers everywhere!

When Hollywood wants to get the word out about a new film, the studio invites journalists on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to see the premiere! In the case of “Moms’ Night Out,” a Valentine to Moms everywhere, EWTN sent me, their Director of Communications.

I’ve been a journalist for 20 years, but this was my first time on the red carpet. What a fantastic experience! Here’s how it went. I was asked on Friday if I wanted to go to the premiere. I was told I would leave on Tuesday morning, go to the premiere, interview the stars on Wednesday morning, and come home Wednesday night! Whew!

That weekend, in between working on an intense social media campaign for the canonization of two Popes, I printed out tons of biographical information on the stars to read on the plane ride from Birmingham to Dallas to Los Angeles. When I got to Dallas, I discovered that I would be interviewing the stars on the red carpet as well as the next day at the hotel. Now, it was REALLY getting interesting!

A star from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, which is right across the street from TCL Chinese Theater. Patricia Heaton from Moms' Night Out, which premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater, received her star there in May 2012.

A star from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, which is right across the street from TCL Chinese Theater. Patricia Heaton, star of Moms’ Night Out, which premiered May 9, received her star there in May 2012.

After a very hot 45-minute taxi ride to the Hotel Roosevelt, which is situated across from the TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I quickly changed into my premiere dress and ran across the street to the theater. There were gates set up around the perimeter of the theater to keep people out, but fortunately the security guards believed me when I said I was with the press. Once inside the gates, I walked over to a line of tables situated on the far side of the entrance. There, I was given my credentials for the event.

After that, I walked across the red carpet (which really is a red carpet affixed firmly to the ground), to the other side of the entrance to the theater. The press was stationed behind a line of gates that are about waist high. In front of the gates, on the ground, is the name of each outlet; in my case, EWTN. I introduced myself to a young man with a big camera, and another man with a microphone, who turned out to be “my” professional cameraman and “my” sound person. Each outlet got their own technical people or shared them with another outlet. During the event, my cameraman stood on a chair behind me and filmed all my interviews. Not every cameraman did this so I felt truly blessed!

When the stars started arriving, their “handlers” strolled down the red carpet ahead of them holding up pieces of cardboard with the star’s name, role, or function. For example, I got to interview the composers who scored the film. If an outlet was interested in interviewing the person, they indicated that to the handler. As the stars walked down the carpet, they stopped and interviewed with interested outlets.

Michael Leone and Shiloh Nelson, already veterans of the red carpet, are the two youngest cast members of “Moms’ Night Out.”

Of course, the biggest stars came last – and at the last minute – so they stopped only a few times or, in some cases, not at all! But no one was worried. We knew we’d have a chance to interview the bigger stars the next day at the hotel!

During the actual premiere of the movie, lots of the actors’ friends and family are in attendance – and some of these friends are pretty big stars in their own right. These people cheer when the movie begins and when “their” star makes their first appearance in the film. They also clap and cheer when the movie ends! The atmosphere is very upbeat and joyous – at least it was at this film!

The day after the premiere, I dressed early and took the hotel elevator downstairs where I joined the other journalists at a big buffet breakfast and what is known as a press junket. Before I started my interviews, I spoke to a number of people from Carmel Communications in Atlanta, which was one of the two firms doing publicity for this movie.  Especially helpful to me was Vice President Lisa Wheeler. She gave me some great background information on the film and its stars and made sure I got all my interviews in before I had to leave for the airport early that afternoon.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Filmmaker Andy Erwin, directed "Moms' Night Out," along with his brother Jon. They are out to change the conversation in Hollywood: films can not only make money, but espouse wholesome virtues. What a concept!

Birmingham, Ala.-based Filmmaker Andy Erwin directed “Moms’ Night Out,” along with his brother Jon. They are out to change the conversation in Hollywood! The brothers say that films can not only make money, but support good values! What a concept!

During a press junket, the stars are seated in rooms that are next door to each other. There are usually two or three stars in each room. Several journalists at a time wait just outside the room to do their interviews. My first interviews were with Sarah Drew and Sean Austin. Waiting in front of me was a reporter from a movie magazine. Behind me was a journalist from CNN.

When I entered the room, I found the two stars seated on director’s chairs with lots of lights and cameras surrounding them. I shook their hands and introduced myself. I was seated in a director’s chair across from them. I was told beforehand that I would have four minutes total to do my interview(s). I stated my name and outlet for the cameras and I was on!  There was no time to warm anyone up. I had to ask my best questions first – and I had to make them count because you can only ask one or two questions per person in that time frame.

As the interview progressed, a producer in each room let me know how many minutes I had left. Fortunately, producers don’t interrupt the stars when they are talking — so I always got a complete answer even when my time was up!

One of the beautiful dresses that adorned the red carpet during the premiere of "Moms' Night Out!"

One of the beautiful dresses that adorned the women on the red carpet during the premiere of “Moms’ Night Out!”

The stars always smile; they always act friendly; they are all prepared. During the premiere, my cameraman told me how boring it is to film a press junket because so many journalists ask the same questions. (The stars, however, answer each question as if it were the first time they heard it.) I’ve always hated group journalism, which is why I studied the background of the stars before meeting with them. I was determined to ask good questions.

Did I succeed? Judge for yourself. A portion of the interview with Sean Astin and Sarah Drew is scheduled to air 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 8 on “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo. Other segments are now appearing – and will continue to be posted over the next few days – on EWTN’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline, Twitter page, http://www.twitter.com/ewtn, and YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/ewtn. We hope you enjoy both the red carpet interviews as well as the sit-down interviews with this wonderful cast as well as the directors and the producer!

God bless Family!

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‘Moms’ Night Out’ – A Film Worth Your Time & Support!

It’s not often that a person can say they went to Hollywood and came away with their faith uplifted, but that’s exactly what happened during the premiere of “Moms’ Night Out.” The movie, which opens in theaters May 9, is described by the directors as a Valentine to their wives, and is a fun and funny celebration of marriage and motherhood. The film stars Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings, “The Goonies”), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Country Star Trace Adkins, Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory), and more!

"Moms' Night Out" poster graces the red carpet during the April 29 premiere in Los Angeles. The film opens nationwide Friday, May 9.

“Moms’ Night Out” poster graces the red carpet during the April 29 premiere in Los Angeles. The film, described as a Valentine for Moms, opens nationwide Friday, May 9.

The cast is a who’s who of Christian Hollywood! A few examples: Patricia Heaton, a Catholic, is one of the most pro-life voices in Hollywood; Andrea Logan, who plays one of the Moms, and who brought the concept of the film to the producer, had a difficult childhood and was hitting bottom when she cried out to God and He (of course!) heard her (she gladly shares her beautiful testimony); Abbie Cobb, another of the Moms, wrote a book on how to keep your faith in Hollywood; Sarah Drew, a pastor’s daughter, is openly Christian – and the list goes on.

But the biggest Christian influences on the movie were Producer Kevin Downes, who made the decision to bring the film to life and who has a small role in the film; and Directors Jon and Andrew Erwin. The Birmingham, Ala.-based brothers, who said they were blessed to get their first choice of actors for every role, have been involved in writing and/or directing several big Christian movies in the last several years including “October Baby,” “Courageous,” and “Fireproof.” The brothers, who are big fans of EWTN, openly admit that they are trying to change the conversation in Hollywood.

This is a big film that will be of interest to a wide audience even though the husbands in this film actually support their wives and the film openly supports marriage and fidelity.

This devotional, by Hollywood comedienne Kerri Pomarolli is funny and inspiring. Available in stores (including Walmart) and  bookstores nationwide!

This devotional, by Hollywood comedienne Kerri Pomarolli, is funny and inspiring. Available in stores (including Walmart) and bookstores nationwide!

You’ll want to see this movie because it’s funny and fun – and, oh yeah, you’ll be thrilled to support the values it espouses! When Sarah Drew’s character tells her husband she always wanted to be a wife and mother so she can’t understand why she’s not happy, he doesn’t run off and have an affair and the marriage doesn’t fall apart. Instead, he encourages her to take some time for herself beginning with a Moms’ night out with her friends. One Mom who saw the film actually got tears in her eyes when talking about how well the film captures her own struggles as a mother.

You’ll love seeing Patricia Heaton, who plays a pastor’s wife, get accidentally zapped by a cop with a stun gun and “outed” for attending Woodstock in her youth; the “guy at the desk” in a tattoo parlor making eyes at one of the wives, and getting slapped down; Trace Adkins, who plays a biker, delivering some of the wisest lines in the film, and so much more.

Don’t miss this film! See it on Mother’s Day weekend, when it will make the biggest difference with the Hollywood crowd!

Next blog: What it’s like to attend the premiere of a Hollywood movie – and to interview its stars!

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Noah – Get the REAL story!

As the controversy over the film “Noah” erupted this week, two of EWTN’s most popular hosts were asked to weigh in on the movie.

Raymond Arroyo, host of "World Over Live" On EWTN, recently discussed "Noah" with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor."

Raymond Arroyo, host of “World Over Live” on EWTN, recently discussed “Noah” with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” Catch the show at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays. Find EWTN at http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Father Mitch Pacwa, popular host of “EWTN Live” and other series as well as a Biblical scholar, was interviewed by Stuart Varney of “Varney & Company” on the Fox Business Network. You can watch the entire interview here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/varney-co/index.html#/v/3414804417001

My favorite quote from that interview: “The only things it [the movie] has in common with the story of Noah in Genesis is the name of Noah, his three sons, there’s a boat, animals and a flood. Other than that, there’s very little in common!”

Some say the movie is entertaining; you just need to be aware that it has little or nothing to do with the Bible. However, as “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo pointed out in his interview with Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the Biblical connection is a problem since movie makers are using it to market the film. That caused O’Reilly to joke that instead of naming the movie “Noah,” the filmmakers might have done better to call their story “Sidney.” (See Arroyo’s complete interview here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3427228775001/controversy-over-the-film-noah/#sp=show-clips),

From emails and social media comments, we know that audiences did expect to see a movie that had some connection with the real story. In a quote that may be more entertaining than the movie, Arroyo told O’Reilly, “They went to see ‘Gladiator’ in an ark. What they got was ‘Black Swan’s’ daddy in ‘Waterworld.’”

Biblical Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., host of "EWTN Live" and other series, greets fans at an EWTN Family Celebration. He recently gave his take on the film "Noah" to Stuart Varney of "Varney & Co." on the Fox Business Network. In the background, "World Over Live" Host Raymond Arroyo autographs his best-selling biography of Mother Angelica.

Biblical Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., host of “EWTN Live” seen at 8 p.m. ET Wednesdays on EWTN, greets fans at an EWTN Family Celebration. He recently gave his take on the film “Noah” to Stuart Varney of “Varney & Co.” on the Fox Business Network. In the background, “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo autographs his best-selling biography of Mother Angelica. Find EWTN at http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

The details are wrong too. As Father Mitch told Varney, he was amused by the fact that the movie focuses on the evils of industrialization when that was definitely not a problem in Noah’s time. According to Father Mitch, those who lived during the time of Noah (from roughly 10,000 BC to 5,000 BC) didn’t even know how to make pottery, much less smelt iron!

Whatever your take on “Noah,” there is one way all of us could make this movie a big win for Christianity. Let’s all go to our social media sites and tell our friends and family that the film has inspired us to pick up our Bibles and read the real story of Noah – out loud — to our children and grandchildren. As those of us who read the Bible know, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” (Roman 8:28).

God bless Family!

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Saving Africa – Why EWTN Programming Matters

Did you know that the U.S. Government is pressuring African nations to accept same-sex marriages, abortion, contraception and more?

George Wirnkar, EWTN's Regional Manager in Africa.

George Wirnkar, EWTN’s Regional Manager in Africa.

“Countries which have stood up [against these practices] have been [labeled] as undemocratic and disrespectful of human rights,” said George Wirnkar, EWTN’s Regional Manager in Africa, who was at EWTN’s headquarters in Irondale this week. “Western media is insinuating that countries which depend on the U.S. Government for financial aid also have to listen to the U.S. Government when it speaks about aspects of ‘good governance’ and democracy. They are insinuating that there will be suspension of aid or denial of aid to countries that refuse to comply with U.S. Government requirements for ‘a more open society.’ There is clearly a concerted effort to break down the family, to make it something that has no form as God intended it.”

Amazingly, Wirnkar said most African dialects don’t even have a word for abortion – that’s how foreign the concept is to the African way of living and thinking.

“It’s a question of culture,” Wirnkar said. “Most African traditions don’t even conceive of a man and a man getting married – irrespective of religious influences – or of two people living together before they are married. It’s considered a desecration of the earth – it could bring a curse on the people – and so is abortion.”

Unfortunately, Wirnkar said TV and radio stations are bringing in more and more secular programming from the West, which introduces social permissiveness to people, eroding morals and family values.

Fr. Maruice Emelus, host of "The Church in Africa," with some of his fans during the 2013 EWTN Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

Fr. Maruice Emelu, host of “The Church in Africa” on EWTN with some fans of his wildly popular series during the 2013 EWTN Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

“We need to find ways of building Catholic TV and radio,” Wirnkar said. “If we don’t fill the airwaves with value-based programs, they are going to fill it with junk and that is exactly what is happening.”

This makes EWTN’s mission more important than ever. As Wirnkar said, “EWTN has been airing programs that have been supporting the same values, the same teachings, and the same Church for 35 years.”

With your help, your Network, EWTN, will continue in its mission to share “the Splendor of Truth” – in Africa, America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, the Caribbean, and everywhere in between!

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