Learn How To Answer Pro-Abortion Advocates in EWTN’s New Mini-Series ‘When They Say, You Say’

Wish you could respond to pro-abortion advocates in a manner that stands a chance of converting them?

Wish no longer! Instead, tune in to “When They Say, You Say” at 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, Oct. 5-9 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. This EWTN original mini-series – with Olivia Turner, director of American Victims of Abortion, part of the Outreach Department of the National Right to Life Committee – is destined to become an EWTN classic – and readers of “Inside EWTN” are the first to learn about it!

Learn how to answer pro-abortion falacious arguments in  EWTN's  new mini-series, "When THey Say, You Say" with Olivia Gans Turner, part of the National Right To Life Committee's Outreach Department.

Learn how to answer fallacious pro-abortion arguments in EWTN’s new mini-series, “When They Say, You Say.” Host Olivia Gans Turner is a member of the National Right To Life Committee’s Outreach Department.

This special program is based on an idea developed by Turner and Mary Balch, NRLC state legislation director. The two women believe that everyone can become a good speaker and advocate for life; that all of us can learn to do this well, regardless of previous experience.

EWTN President Doug Keck first heard Turner speak at the National Right to Life Conference a couple years ago and was blown away by how good she is. Turner is much in demand having spoken in all 50 states and 17 countries as well as at Oxford, Cambridge, the United Nations, the European Union, and more than 52 universities and colleges, including all of the Ivy League. She has also testified at Congressional hearings, filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, and appeared on Nightline, Fox News, National Public Radio, NBC, ABC, and CBS, among others news outlets.

However, as you will learn from this behind-the-scenes interview, her outspokenness was birthed as a result of the pain of her own abortion. She stresses that she was only able to speak effectively about this after experiencing God’s healing grace and mercy.

“I am one of the original women who came up through the movement in the early ‘80s when the first comments about post-abortive syndrome were made,” Turner said. “I was one of a small group of women who created an outreach called ‘Women Exploited By Abortion.’ That did well, but couldn’t be sustained because we all still had so much to learn about the damage done by abortion to our lives.”

In 1985, the National Right to Life Committee gave Turner an opportunity to work out of their offices to develop an official program. Initially, Turner had a hard time finding women who could go on television and radio shows and speak intelligently about their abortion without crying.

It's  important that women considering an abortion see the ultrasound of their baby so they understand it's not just a mass of cells but  a real baby!

It’s important that women considering an abortion see the ultrasound of their baby so they understand it’s not just a mass of cells but a real baby!

“Pro-life people are sometimes very moved by someone who is still emotionally wrung out,” she said. “But that woman has not completed her healing journey. God’s design is not to lock us into this place of pain and sadness. Finding people who were in a place to speak with passion and real sincerity, who could bring people to understand what we know now, but do it in a way that didn’t make you worry about their tears, but hear the actual message [was key.]”

Turner says the pro-abortion movement was not prepared to deal with all the post-abortive women who regretted their abortion.

“[Back then], when an abortion was performed, they believed they silenced two people. Now, they try to discredit our experience [saying], ‘I’m so sorry you had a bad experience, but your experience is not necessarily representative of all women.’ However, I know that my experience is the experience of abortion for the vast majority of women. I can speak on behalf of every women that ever had an abortion because our experiences are so universal.”

Turner says the media has spent decades successfully ignoring these horrific stories. Decades of legalized abortion “means our society is so injured, so wounded, that actually allowing ourselves to hear the truth behind the sad stories means coming to terms with our own social grief. Everybody’s family is somehow grieving a loss. This has absolutely been a culture wreck! The presence of individuals who are able to speak compassionately about this experience will help begin this cultural healing.”

However, Turner also knows that the pro-life movement needs to do more than tell the stories of all the women who have been hurt by abortion – especially the women who are often victimized again when the media ignores their politically incorrect pain.

What is the pro-life movement to do? Turner has an answer. She is currently coordinating her program with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Cleveland and Baltimore. A lay community has evolved out of the initial program.

“They work on the concept that this isn’t about healing from abortion. It’s about teaching the woman to have a spiritual life. We wouldn’t have been in this situation if our spiritual life had been good. We involve spouses. The women work, share and heal as a community. They are not just supporting each other in their grief, but in their walk closer and closer to the Crucified and Risen Jesus. It’s the third day! The cross is behind you! Move on!”

Turner also recommends Project Rachel – and she says she had a great conversation with a priest about the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and reconciliation to the Communion of Saints.

“Nothing is more valuable than getting back to the Eucharist,” she said. “I knew enough to know that that was where my child was – at the Communion of Saints. But I couldn’t go there unless I could be cleaned [through the Sacrament of Reconciliation]. That’s the journey!”

Turned is especially gratified that EWTN’s mini-series, “When They Say, You Say”, is coming out at this time.

“I know we were some of the first in this country to experience the desire of many in the Church and society to extend a true, compassionate hand of loving mercy, despite the awful things we had done,” said Turner, who has both given and received such mercy. “It has been amazing to live in that grace.”

In the upcoming Year of Mercy, Turner hopes viewers of her series – especially those still suffering from their abortions – will have their lives changed, as she did, by that saving grace and mercy, which are, as always, an undeserved gift from our loving God and from His Church.

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When You’re About to Lose It: A Practical Idea for Parents

Lisa Popcak and her husband Greg shared practical ideas of how to transform family life Sept. 23 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Lisa Popcak and her husband, Dr. Greg Popcak, shared practical ideas of how to transform family life Sept. 23 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Lisa Popcak was having one of those days. She was fearful she was just going to lose it with her children. As a desperate measure, she winged up a prayer to the Blessed Mother. Help me!

As she told this story, Popcak, who was delivering a speech with her husband Dr. Greg Popcak at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, had everyone’s attention.

This harried mom was suddenly given an inspiration. She immediately stopped what she was trying to do and asked her children to join her on the sofa.

I heard this speech as I was passing through a conference room so I am paraphrasing the following, but it is the gist of what Lisa Popcak said, and it is too good not to share!

“Kids, Mom is about to lose it and you don’t deserve that. I don’t want to lose it so I am asking you to please, please pray for Mommy right now.”

The children solemnly placed their little hands on their mother’s arm, knee, and shoulder and began to pray.

“Jesus, please help Mommy not to lose it — and please help us to be good children so she doesn’t get mad at us.” And on it went.

Lisa’s eyes filled with tears as she told this story. Her anger, she said, had been turned into a moment of grace.

Good Catholics know that “to them that love God ALL things work together unto good.” Romans 8:28. But here we have a practical example of how to apply that knowledge.

May Jesus and Our Lady help us, their children, to always remember to turn to them whenever we are about to lose it with our own children or with one another!

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May Your Light Shine Before All: What Families Can Learn From the Heroic Witness of a 9/11 Family

Cardinal  Robert Sarah  gives a talk about "heroic witness" Sept. 23 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Cardinal Robert Sarah gives a keynote address about “heroic witness” Sept. 23 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Imagine being the mother of 10 children – ages 1 to 15 – and losing your firefighter husband during the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. What good, you might ask, could possibly come from that?

During his September 23 keynote address at the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, answered that question with a touching and memorable story about the “heroic witness” of one “very Catholic” family who brought “light to the greatest darkness.”

Here we share that story and what the Cardinal said we might learn from this in an address titled “The Light of the Family in a Dark World.”

The morning of 9/11, Jean Palombo, the mother of this large family, woke up worried that she might be pregnant yet again. “It can’t be happening so soon,” she thought. “I’ll go crazy.”

When she confided her worry to her husband Frank, he said, “Don’t worry about that – but what will we call him?”

“I started to laugh,” Jean said. “He always knew how to make me laugh.”

Jean’s laughter was temporarily quelled that day when her brave firefighter husband lost his life along with almost 3,000 other victims of the worst terror attack ever perpetrated on U.S. soil.

In an interview about two months after the tragedy, the Cardinal said this woman talked about her life’s journey to date. As a young woman, Jean said she had left the Church and decided she did not want any children.

However, after experiencing a missionary outreach, something changed. Jean witnessed Christ in a couple expecting their fourth child. After experiencing God’s love through this couple, Jean changed in a radical way, going on to have 10 children.

Of her husband’s death, the woman said, “I miss him terribly and I cry a lot, but I know he will continue to bless us in heaven. I think God works for the good of those who love Him. The children often console me with a word.” (Thank God for those children!)

When asked what she thought of the terrorists, she said, “I can only say, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they have done.’”

During the interview, the Cardinal said that Jean acknowledged her fear, but said she was clinging to the Church and trying to do God’s Will.

Said the Cardinal: “Five years ago, Jean, already a young widow with 10 children, was diagnosed with cancer. She died two years ago. Her eight sons carried her coffin into the Basilica of the Sacred Heart where there were 200 people and 30 priests.”

At the funeral, a neighbor was struck by the demeanor of the woman’s youngest daughter, Maggie, who was now 15. Why, she asked her, are you so peaceful?

The daughter said, “Because my Mom is in heaven. I know she has complete joy. What more could I want for her?”

The daughter, who was only a teenager, was not thinking about herself, but about her mother. God, however, was also thinking of Maggie.

“Maggie’s many brothers and sisters are taking care of her today,” said the Cardinal. “Thank God for large families!”

This family’s eldest son is now 29. In the coming year the Cardinal revealed, to the delight of the crowd at the World Meeting of Families, that this young man will become a priest.

Said Cardinal Sarah: “Evil does not have the last word! God brings good from evil. This is how God has worked from the beginning of creation. God is not overcoming evil with evil; he overcomes evil with good.

“A young married husband and wife in the U.S. were granted the grace to love selflessly to the end; first, by repenting, then by receiving and believing in the Good News. The Faith with which they lived instills hope in us that we too can bring the light of the Gospel to the world.”

May all of us learn to repent, to believe, and to follow God’s will for us so that we too may follow the Cardinal’s call to be “heroic witnesses” who bring light and hope to a darkened world.

God bless you Family!

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Watch ‘You’re Amazing’ on EWTN – And Join the Amazing Nation Today!

“Inside EWTN” has invited Justin Fatica, star of “You’re Amazing”, to join us as a guest blogger. Below is Justin’s first blog, which will follow the theme of each week’s show!

Episode 1 Reflection – Prayer!

Catholic Evangelist Justin Fatica wows a crowd!

Catholic Evangelist Justin Fatica wows a crowd!

It’s show time!  You’re Amazing – the new TV show featuring Hard as Nails – is here.  (Check out www.youtube.com/ewtn for an advanced look at episode 1 or tune into EWTN television at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 3!) Over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be blogging about one of the themes covered in each week’s episode.

In episode 1, the theme I want to highlight is prayer! And prayer is all about building a relationship.  A relationship with the God of the universe and our Father in heaven. I still am in awe of the fact that He cares so much about me — and you — and that He wants to spend time with us.

He wants to hear about our dreams, complaints, worries, fears, and successes.  He also wants us to ask Him for help when we — or people we care about, or don’t care about — need it.

Through prayer, the strength and grace we need to make it through each day are available to us!

Justin Fatica gets a blessing before addressing teens in a packed auditorium.

Justin Fatica gets a blessing before addressing teens in a packed auditorium.

I can’t go a day without spending quality, quiet time with God.  Just listening and talking to Him.

At Hard as Nails, our relationship with God is the most important thing to us.  Jesus is our Lord and model.  Jesus needed to pray!  Jesus constantly went off to quiet places to spend time with His Father in prayer. (See Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12.)

We also pray together as a team.  Jesus said, “If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20).

The Hard as Nails team prayer is this: “Lord Jesus, I give you my life, through pain, through suffering and through joy.”  We have a sign with this prayer at the entrance to our office, and each Hard as Nails team member touches this sign and prays this prayer when they come in for work.

Justin Fatica helps teens find answers to their toughest challenges.

Justin Fatica helps teens find answers to their toughest challenges.

There are so many different ways to pray.  In the back of my book, “Win it All”, that you can get at amazingnation.org, there is a prayer that was inspired by a lesson that Fr. Larry Richards gave to me. Do you have 5 minutes to spend with God?  Try this. Spend one minute on each of the following five things.  1) Tell God what you’re sorry for.  2) Tell God what you’re thankful for.  3) Ask God for help – for you or others.  4)  Tell God all of your troubles and worries and then leave them in His hands. 5) Listen to God in silence.

My prayer is that each of you would spend time in prayer with God each day.  You will become alive by building a relationship with your Father in heaven whose love for you is endless!  He will give you the power you need to make a difference!

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‘You’re Amazing With Justin Fatica’ – EWTN’s Newest Series for Youth and Families – To Premiere On YouTube

 

Catholic Evangelist Justin Fatica wows a crowd!

Catholic Evangelist Justin Fatica wows a crowd!

He was the consummate bad boy, always doing his best to get into as much trouble as he possibly could. Junior year was the worst. While he had always made life miserable for his poor teachers, he especially loved disrupting the morality classes taught by Fr. Larry Richards, now host of EWTN’s “Be a Man.” Unfortunately, his disruptions in class weren’t the half of it. He also caused trouble outside of the classroom. At age 17, he had a life-changing moment, when he thought he got a girl pregnant.

“On the outside, I looked like a jerk,” he said. “Inside, I felt bad. I wanted to change.”

How does the worst kid in school end up giving his heart to Christ and starting an apostolate  devoted to helping young people like himself discover how to deal with the hard issues that often are the root cause of such behavior? Discover how Justin now uses his deep understanding of youth to bring them to Christ in EWTN’s new series, “You’re Amazing With Justin Fatica.” Go on the road as Fatica journeys to venues across the country touching lives.

Justin Fatica prays with a teen.

Justin Fatica prays with a teen.

EWTN will air a 90-minute live show with Fatica and Producer Jeremy Rivera at 7 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 27 that can only be seen online at www.youtube.com/ewtn and www.ewtn.com/amazing. Viewers are invited to send questions to Fatica at amazing@ewtn.com. The preview will be followed by Episode 1 of the new series at 8:30 p.m. ET on these same online sites.

The show will then settle into its regular time slot at 10 p.m. ET, Thursdays, beginning Sept. 3, on EWTN television.

What finally changed this former bad boy’s heart? As Justin was grappling with his shame over having premarital sex and the fear of getting a girl pregnant (it turned out the girl did not become pregnant), Fr. Larry Richards was having his own battle with the Lord.

Says Justin: “When he tells his side of the story, Father always says he was doing his holy hour when God told him to ask me to attend a Eucharistic retreat he was leading. He says he took a newspaper into adoration. Every time God told him to ask me to attend the retreat, he’d start reading the newspaper. Finally, he said to God, ‘I can’t spend 40 minutes with him, let alone a whole weekend!’”

Justin Fatica helps teens find answers to their toughest challenges.

Justin Fatica helps teens find answers to their toughest challenges.

Fortunately, Fr. Richards eventually gave in and did as the Lord commanded. That changed the course of Fatica’s life and led to lifelong friendship with his former nemesis. It was during that retreat that Fatica confessed all of his sins for the first time. (“In the past, priests would say, ‘Is that everything?’ But there were always a few sins I wasn’t ready to confess.”) In addition to making his first good confession, this retreat marked the first time that the young boy really prayed.

“I was at adoration one night. A few people were sleeping, but others were really engaged in worshiping. For the first time ever, I prayed from my heart. I looked at Jesus and said, ‘I’ll give you everything.’ My dad always said, don’t say it if you’re not going to do it..’ So I knew what this commitment meant.”

Fatica went back to high school a changed teen. Instead of working against Fr. Larry, he began to help him. He started attending daily Mass and bringing as many of his peers with him as possible. Some days, he packed the chapel. He and Father Larry also started a Wednesday night prayer group. Fatica would ask attendees: “What do you thank God for? What do you want to pray for?” The group would then go out for pizza afterwards.

Justin Fatica gets a blessing before addressing teens in a packed auditorium.

Justin Fatica gets a blessing before addressing teens in a packed auditorium.

After graduation, Fatica went on to get both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from New Jersey’s Seton Hall University. He also started a ministry with a few friends called the 12 Apostles Program, which not only helped young people understand how to have a relationship with Jesus, but how to explain their faith to others.

At age 22, Fatica launched the apostolate he leads today: “’Hard as Nails’ is all about living for Christ,” he says.

Fatica’s messages, which you will hear in his new EWTN series, are empowering:

Fatica wants his audience to know that “being broken isn’t some type of disease. We all need healing daily from Christ. I know I need it every day, not just once when I was a 17-year-old kid and first experienced the healing power of Jesus.” He wants people to know that bringing the Gospel to others isn’t complicated; that there is an urgency to this mission of saving souls; and that all of us have the authority we need to evangelize. “The authority is not in MY message, but in Christ’s message and the Church’s message. I hope they’ll see that there is power in being a witness.”

"You're Amazing With Justin Fatica" premieres 8:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 27 online at www.youtube.com/ewtn. It will be preceded by a 90 minute pre-show, also online.

“You’re Amazing With Justin Fatica” premieres 8:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 27 online at http://www.youtube.com/ewtn. It will be preceded by a 90 minute pre-show, also online.

Fatica especially likes to tell people whose lives are a mess: “Make your mess your message! A lot of people think their mess is the worst thing that ever happened to them, but it can be transformed into a powerful message to change the world. Jesus’ death was a tragedy but that led to the resurrection.”

Because of Jesus Christ, this man is now amazing – and Fatica’s hope and prayer is that we will all come to know how amazing we are in Christ. Don’t miss his powerful series, “You’re Amazing With Justin Fatica” both online and in its regular spot on EWTN television at 10 p.m. ET, Thursdays beginning Sept. 3 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.)

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EWTN Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Christian Genocide in Iraq

As details of genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutu leaked out of Rwanda, the secular media and Hollywood jumped on story and dozens of films were made, including the award-winning “Hotel Rwanda.” But who is making a film documenting the “religious cleansing” of hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East? Who is courageous enough to brave the possibility of being beheaded, burned alive or crucified, to bring the world the voices of those Christians whom Muslim extremists have been hunting off the face of the earth?

Investigative Reporter and Filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan to bring the world details of life for persecuted Christians who fled ISIS in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Watch "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile" at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Investigative Reporter and Filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan to bring the world a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Christians who fled ISIS in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Watch “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile” at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Enter intrepid Italian filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti who traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan, site of U.S. bombing against ISIS, in late 2014 to film an EWTN Original Documentary, “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile.” The extraordinary program airs 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1. If you want to know what is happening with Christians in the Middle East, you absolutely must watch this film.

“[Muslim extremists] are not just displacing, but uprooting the existence of Christianity in the Middle East,” said Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada. The Bishop’s appearance on “EWTN Live,” at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1, will precede the documentary.  “They want to exterminate Christians, and nobody is saying anything – not the U.N., organizations, universities.”

Iraqi Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada will guest on "EWTN Live" with Host Father Mitch Pacwa at 8 p.m. ET, April 1 on EWTN. He has much to say about  his fellow countrymen who have been uprooted from their homes because of their Christian faith and now live in refugee camps in Erbil, Kurdistan.

Iraqi Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada will guest on “EWTN Live” with Host Father Mitch Pacwa at 8 p.m. ET, April 1 on EWTN. He has much to say about his fellow countrymen who have been uprooted from their homes because of their Christian faith and now live in refugee camps in Erbil, Kurdistan.

In the EWTN documentary “Voices of the Persecuted,” you will have the opportunity to see and hear about the plight of the quarter million Christians in Nineveh who miraculously escaped the invading ISIS terrorists on the night of August 6, 2014, with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Bishop Habash believes that the slaughter has left no more than 300,000 to 350,000 Christians in the entire Middle East. As Valgiusti discovered, most of them are, like her friends, living in terrible conditions in Erbil.

“There are no jobs for them,” the Bishop said. “They don’t speak the language. There are no visas for the Christians. Many organizations provide food only. But thousands of kids are without school. There are no universities. There are many engineers with nothing to do. Their morality, conscience, their belief, their hope, their joy – everything is dying inside. It’s good to have food, but [they ask], ‘Why am I here?’”

Hear from Christian children like these who are now living in the refugee camps in Erbil.  Watch "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile" at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Hear from Christian children like these – Syriac Catholics and Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean Catholics and Assyrian Christians – who are now living in refugee camps in Erbil. Watch “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile” at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Filmmaker Valguisti was shocked to discover a family she had befriended in Nineveh — a couple with good jobs, a nice home, and five children aged 15 to 21 – packed into a schoolroom with 40 other people. She tried to have a somewhat normal conversation with her friends, but quickly realized that she was shaking. “They said to me, “Can you help us get out?’ She pauses, and then says in an anguished voice, “I don’t know how. How do I help them?”

It’s the same question every Christian is asking themselves. Bishop Habash has answers, but they come with a chilling warning and demonstrate both the challenge and the necessity of the world – especially fellow Christians – doing more than just donating money for food.

“Today, I am very clear with you: we have the same destiny. Don’t cry for me, cry for yourself. Pray for the conversion, the evangelization of this wonderful country of America. And not just America, but France and other countries. If you help us work for justice, you will have peace. When there is peace, everybody will enjoy the peace.”

Bishop Habash calls politics an “illusion” and says he and others are afraid of politicians and “political America.” However, they have great confidence in the American people. That’s why Bishop Habash says he is pushing U.S. bishops to speak to everyday Americans in the pews, who are always ready to donate to those less fortunate.

Italian Filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti traveled to Erbil, Kurdistan to film an  EWTN Original Documentary on the plight of persecuted Christians. View the heartbreaking results    of "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile" at 10 p.m. ET, April 1, on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Italian Filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti traveled to Erbil, Kurdistan to film an EWTN Original Documentary on the plight of persecuted Christians. View the heartbreaking results of “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile” at 10 p.m. ET, April 1, on EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

But he takes things a step further: “Companies,” he notes, “go to the edge of the world to bring someone in to make a difference in their production. Why do our churches not go in [to Erbil and the Middle East] to save these Christians for their [witness to the] faith and their heritage?”

Like the Early Christians, Nineveh’s Christians have given up their homes, their jobs, their clothes, their schools, and often, most horribly, their children, their spouses, and their own lives. Yet, remarkably, like Christians in the lions’ den, they have not apostatized.

“We will never deny our faith,” the Bishop said. “Our pride is to be Christians. Many could have converted to Islam very easily. But we are truly ready to even sacrifice our lives.”

What, wonders the Bishop, are the rest of us willing to sacrifice?

Note: For information on helping with the relief efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, please visit: www.caritas.org and Aid to the Church in Need, http://www.churchinneed.org. To purchase your copy of “Voices of the Persecuted” to show to your friends, family, and Church groups, please go to http://bit.ly/1HsDCmS.

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Talk a Walk Through Little-Known Catholic London With EWTN’s Joanna Bogle

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h44m47s122You probably learned the song “London Bridge is falling down” as a child. But did you know that the phrase “my fair lady” may refer to the Blessed Mother, to whom the victory for the battle between the very pagan Vikings and the Christians on and under London Bridge was attributed?

Did you know that Catherine of Aragon, a staunch Catholic, stayed in a tiny house on the banks of the Thames when she first came to London to marry the King, and that some 150 years later, the famous Architect Christopher Wren, who redesigned most of London’s churches after the Great Fire in 1666, would live in that same house?

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h41m17s79Did you know that there is a famous shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham in a tiny English village or the faith-filled reasons that many English martyrs were beheaded outside the Tower of London?

“That’s the kind of thing I want to tell people,” said Joanna Bogle, host of “Walking Through Time: Catholic London,” a new five-part series on EWTN. (Airs 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, Nov. 17 through Nov. 21 on EWTN.) “I realized that a lot of people visit London, but they don’t stitch the history together. It’s a magnificent history. Catholics in particular need to know that this is Church history, Christian history. Everyone will tell people about Big Ben, but they won’t tell them about this!”

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h42m51s251vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h43m44s11Bogle invites you to walk with her along the banks of the Thames as she relates Christian highlights of some 2,000 years of history, and visits sites from Chelsea to Kingston and from London Bridge through Westminster.

You’ll learn the stories of Saxons and Vikings, kings and heroes, saints and martyrs. You’ll also meet the people Joanna encounters along her journey, join in prayer in the churches, and soak up a lot of rich English history.

For example, did you know that “Westminster Cathedral is our Catholic cathedral. Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was crowned, is our great national shrine, and, of course, is Anglican. There is a good friendship between the two, with joint services on special occasions, and that’s as it should be.”

Bogle is especially enthusiastic about the great film work of the series director, Tadeusz Smiarowski, who she met in Poland while filming a walk through John Paul II’s early history for EWTN. “Tadeusz captured the mood of London: the huge crowds, the bustle of modern life, the huge mix of races and languages, and he combined it with 2,000 years of history, which can get lost. He did the hustle bustle, but he did it with sensitivity. It’s a rich mix really.”

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h46m38s216Bogle says she would love it if American schools and youth groups would consider using this series as a teaching tool. “If they find my voice funny, [Bogle’s accent is decidedly British!], that’s all part of it! This is shaping the world you and I inherited. Why do they speak English in India? Teenagers don’t know. They might know about the exploitation of children, but they don’t know about great sacrifices made to intervene. They know about slavery, but they don’t know about William Wilberforce who eliminated slavery from the oceans of the world and liberated their ancestors.”

So take a walk through London with Joanna Bogle – you won’t be disappointed!

 

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