FB STATS FOR EWTN FOR THE MARCH FOR LIFE WEEK

FB STATS FOR EWTN FOR THE MARCH FOR LIFE WEEK

Overall post reach:                         6,661,371 (Record-breaking: over   6.6 MILLION!)

Weekly Likes:                                   +4,479

Wings sign-ups this week:               359

We posted two live videos of the March since they have a 4-hour maximum time limit: (Numbers will continue to go up this weekend as more people watch!)

Rally & March Live Video:           2.2 million people reached

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Pre-rally Live Video:                      1.6 million people reached

71.5K post clicks

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Post saying Pence would speak:   940.1K people reached

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POPE FRANCIS: ‘TO KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD IS SATANIC’ – POPE ISSUES MOTU PROPRIO HARMONIZING CANON LAW CODES – PAPAL DIPLOMATS DISCUSS ISLAM AND GENDER AT JUBILEE EVENT

I arrived in Birmingham yesterday afternoon, got settled in at the Sheraton hotel, just across from the city’s convention center where this weekend’s EWTN Family Celebration will be held, and thern had dinner with Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, Fr. Steve Imbarrato, Elena Rodriguez and Kathy Ranelli, all of EWTN’s “Defending Life” program. Fun evening, great food and very interesting conversation.

I did a bit of work this morning before going to the network to appear live on “At Home with Jim and Joy.” It was a barrel of fun and the time passed so quickly it was unbelievable. But don’t we always say, “how quickly time passes when you’re having fun!”

I also met a number of “Joan’s Rome” fans in studio and we had some time to speak and will see each other again at the Family Celebration. Met more fans in the hotel as people start to arrive from around the state and country for this annual celebration.

I’m now in the hotel to work on a new edition of “Vatican Insider” that will air this weekend – more on that tomorrow.

I have just one comment to make about visiting the U.S. in summer time or any time the weather is really hot. Why do hotels, stores, restaurants, cafes, convention centers, etc., etc. all have to have the air conditioning at such low levels you could be excused for thinking you just got off a plane in Antarctica!

You cannot visit America when it is summer unless you have packed a shawl, a long-sleeved sweater, a suitcoat or some jacket to put over your summer clothing just to stay reasonably warm inside a building. When the temps and humidity are really high – as they are now in Birmingham, AC is the way to go, but not the excessive low temps – just give us enough to make us feel comfortable.

And you know what? The food gets cold much faster when a restaurant has very cold AC. That is just logical.

And now to three news stories from yesterday and today that I wanted to bring to you – important words and events. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at some of the meetings mentioned in the third story about the Jubilee of Papal Diplomats.

PAPAL TWEETS: September 15: The Church is called to walk with Jesus on the roads of the world, in order to meet the humanity of today.

Yesterday: The Church’s forgiveness must be every bit as broad as that offered by Jesus on the Cross and by Mary at his feet.

POPE FRANCIS: ‘TO KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD IS SATANIC’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday morning celebrated Mass for the French priest of Rouen, Fr. Jacques Hamel, whom he described, is part of the chain of Christian martyrs that runs throughout the history of the Church. (photo news.va)

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Father Hamel was murdered while celebrating Mass in his Parish Church by two men swearing allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in July. Linda Bordoni reports:

To the congregation gathered at Santa Marta, which included Archbishop Dominque Lebrun of Rouen and 80 other pilgrims from the diocese, Pope Francis said that “to kill in the name of God is satanic.”

Reflecting on the many martyrs that are part of the history of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said: “this is a story that repeats itself in the Church, and today there are more Christian martyrs than there were at beginning of Christianity.”

Today, he continued, there are Christians “who are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, have their throats slit because they do not deny Jesus Christ.”

This history, said Francis, continues with our Father Jacques: he is part of this chain of martyrs.

“Father Jacques Hamel was slain as he celebrated the sacrifice of Christ’s crucifixion. A good man, a meek man, a man who always tried to build peace was murdered (…). This is the satanic thread of persecution,” he said.

Pope Francis continued: “What a pleasure it would be if all religious confessions would say: ‘to kill in the name of God is satanic’.”

The Holy Father concluded his homily by holding up Fr. Hamel and his example of courage and said we must pray to him to grant us meekness, brotherhood, peace and the courage to tell the truth: “to kill in the name of God is satanic.”

On the altar, a simple photograph of Fr. Hamel who was slain by two Islamist fanatics while celebrating Mass in the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26, 2016.

The liturgy was broadcast live by the Vatican Television Station.

POPE ISSUES MOTU PROPRIO HARMONIZING CANON LAW CODES

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter motu proprio on Thursday, in which he brings the basic legal instruments that govern the Latin Church and the Eastern Churches in communion with Rome more closely into accord with one another in several different specific areas regarding the discipline of the sacraments, and ecclesial identity of the faithful.

The Holy Father has introduced material changes only to the Code of Canon Law that governs the Latin Church, in order to bring the Latin code into harmony with the Eastern code, especially as regards the valid celebration of marriages with spouses of mixed Rite, the circumstances under which a spouse may change Rite, how to determine the Rite to which a child belongs properly, and other questions in a similar vein.

A note issued by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts explains that the reason for the reforms is that of responding to the desire to facilitate the pastoral care of all the faithful, especially of those  very great and increasing numbers of Eastern Christians living in predominantly Latin environments.

Vatican Radio then presented the motu proprio in its original Latin.

PAPAL DIPLOMATS DISCUSS ISLAM AND GENDER AT JUBILEE EVENT

(Vatican Radio) Papal diplomats from around the world are in Rome this week for a special Jubilee event that includes both practical refresher seminars and moments of spiritual reflection with the Holy Father.

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Relations with Islam, gender culture and other challenges facing the Church today are on the program, as Philippa Hitchen reports.

The year of mercy may be drawing to a close but Pope Francis is maintaining a packed agenda of Jubilee events. From September 15th to 17th he’s meeting with over a hundred representatives of the Holy See working in locations right across the globe. Of the 108 diplomatic missions in existence today, 103 are headed by archbishops serving as papal nuncios, while the other five posts are permanent observers to international organisations.

The Jubilee event began on Thursday morning with Mass, presided over by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in St Peter’s Basilica, followed by two seminars held in the Synod Hall. The first of these was focused on the Pope, the Church and the world today, led by Professor Piero Coda, president of the Sofia University Institute founded by the Focolari movement just south of Florence. The second session, led by Rev. Robert Ghal from the Pontifical Holy Cross University in Rome is entitled ‘Genesis and the case of gender culture’ and will be followed by dinner with Pope Francis at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican gardens.

On Friday morning participants will have a working session with officials from the Secretariat of State and in the afternoon they’ll attend a third seminar, focused on interreligious dialogue and relations with Islam, led by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. In the evening, they’ll join heads of all the Curial offices and ambassadors accredited to the Holy See for a reception in the Vatican museums.

The final day, Saturday, will include many of the 40 retired apostolic nuncios and will be a time for spiritual communion, starting with Mass concelebrated with Pope Francis in the Santa Marta chapel. That’ll be followed by a reflection from Mgr Pierangelo Sequeri of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Life. The diplomats will then make their way through the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica before meeting together with Pope Francis in the Clementine hall of the apostolic palace.

The event concludes with a lunch in Santa Marta, but the Pope has invited all 163 staff members of the nunciatures and diplomatic missions for their own Jubilee here in the Vatican on November 18th.

 

AN INVITATION FROM JOAN

AN INVITATION FROM JOAN

Join the EWTN family on September 17 and 18 in Birmingham, Alabama, to celebrate the life and legacy of Mother Angelica. I will be at the annual Family Celebration at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center with my colleagues Jim & Joy Pinto, Johnnette Benkovic, Fr. Wade Menezes, Raymond Arroyo and many more!

Holy Mass is always a main feature of these celebrations, and there will be opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation in addition to talks, the “meet and greet” with authors, and sharing a meal or two. Also, lots to buy at EWTN’s Religious Catalogue! You probably have birthdays and anniversaries on your calendar, as well as Thanksgiving and (yes!) Christmas! Have the kids visit The Faith Factory where they can meet Brother Leo, and sing along with the Donut Man and Duncan.

For more info, clock here: http://ewtn.com/familycelebration/

 

PAPAL MEDITATIONS IN ROMAN BASILICAS FOR JUBILEE OF PRIESTS – POPE FRANCIS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM YOUTH IN NEW BOOK – EWTN ACQUIRES CHURCHPOP

PAPAL MEDITATIONS IN ROMAN BASILICAS FOR JUBILEE OF PRIESTS

The Jubilee for Priests began on Wednesday, and concludes tomorrow, June 3, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with Mass presided over by Pope Francis. Tpday, Thursday, the Holy Father gave three meditations for the priests present in Rome for their Jubilee (photos: news.va).

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In his first meditation this morning in St. John Lateran, Francis said, “God’s name is mercy. If we reflect on this natural feeling of mercy we begin to see how God Himself can be understood in terms of this defining attribute by which Jesus wished to reveal Him to us.”

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In his cathedral church, Pope Francis focused on the parable of the prodigal son. He reflected on the “embarrassed dignity” of the son who returned to his father – he is embarrassed by what he has done, but his father restores him to his dignity. Mercy, the Pope said, helps us to maintain the balance between acknowledging that we are sinners, and recognizing our dignity as children loved by the Father. If we can see ourselves in the place of the son, who was shown mercy by the father, we in turn will be led to be merciful to others.

“Mercy, seen in feminine terms, is the tender love of a mother who, touched by the frailty of her new-born baby, takes the child into her arms and provides everything it needs to live and grow (rehanim). In masculine terms, mercy is the steadfast fidelity of a father who constantly supports, forgives and encourages his children to grow. Mercy is the fruit of a covenant; that is why God is said to remember his covenant of mercy (hesed). At the same time, it is an utterly free act of kindness and goodness (eleos) rising up from the depths of our being and finding outward expression in charity.” (http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-leads-retreat-for-jubilee-of-priests)

ST MARY MAJOR:

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered his second meditation for the retreat for priests at the papal Basilica of St Mary Major. Thursday’s retreat is part of the Jubilee for Priests taking place from 1-3 June.

In his second mediation, Pope Francis reflected on the “vessel of mercy.” “Our sin is like a sieve, or a leaky bucket,” he said, “from which grace quickly drains.” But God keeps forgiving us, and applies mercy to our weakness, creating a clean heart within us. It is precisely our experience of mercy that leads us to be merciful to others.

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This, the Pope said, is seen in the life of saints, such as Peter and Paul, John, Augustine, Francis, and Ignatius. In fact, it is precisely those who have experienced mercy who often are the “best practitioners of mercy.”

But it is the sinless Virgin Mary who is the “simple yet perfect vessel that receives and bestows mercy.” The Holy Father contrasted Mary’s “yes” to grace with the sin of the prodigal son, the subject of his first meditation.

Pope Francis, recalling his visit to Mexico and his prayer before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, reflected on the maternal gaze of the Blessed Virgin.

He concluded his second meditation by leading the priests in the Salve Regina. (http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-second-meditation-for-the-retreat-for

ST. PAUL’S OUTSIDE THE WALLS:

The theme of the Pope’s third meditation at a spiritual retreat held on Thursday at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls was “the good odor of Christ and the light of his mercy.”

At the heart of his reflection were the Works of Mercy, he said that, as priests, “being merciful is not only “a way of life,” but “the way of life,” adding,  “there is no other way of being a priest.”

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Drawing from the passage of the Lord’s encounter with the woman caught in adultery, the Pope explained that when Jesus says “Go and sin no more, “his command has to do with the future, to help her to make a new start and to “walk in love.” Such is the sensitivity of mercy, the Holy Father continued. “ it looks with compassion on the past and offers encouragement for the future.”

Focusing his attention of the Sacrament of Confession Pope Francis noted that “people come to confession  because they are penitent. They come to confession because they want to change.”

During his meditation, the Pope also invited priests to let themselves “be moved by people’s situation, which at times is a mixture of their own doing, human weakness, sin and insuperable conditionings.  He went on to say, “we have to be like Jesus, who was deeply moved by the sight of people and their problems…” http://www.news.va/en/news/st-pauls-outside-the-walls-popes-third-meditation

POPE FRANCIS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM YOUTH IN NEW BOOK

Are you a young person who has a question for Pope Francis?

If so, just visit http://askpopefrancis.scholasoccurrentes.org/pope-francis-en-gb/ and learn how to contact the Holy Father.

The site explains its goal, saying “Pope Francis invites young people from around the world to send him questions through the website www.askpopefrancis.com. They can ask him whatever is in their hearts, be it out of interest, doubt or curiosity. The pontiff will reply to some of them in a book to be published in upcoming months in various languages and countries—in Italy by Mondadori.

“The project was done in collaboration with Scholas Occurrentes, an international organization of Pontifical right created by Pope Francis that works with youths and education with the aim of promoting social integration and the culture of encounter for peace.

“This will lead to the creation of a veritable ‘social book’ that uses new forms of communication to put people from every corner of the globe in touch with the Holy Father—a great virtual dialogue between Pope Francis and youths achieved thanks to a new technological and publishing platform developed by the startup eFanswer.”

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.”

 

MASS IN VATICAN PARISH COMMEMORATES MOTHER ANGELICA

Today is the 11th anniversary of the death of St. John Paul, a day that no one who was in Rome at the time will ever forget. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to overhear a conversation between St. John Paul and Mother Angelica!

Mass last night at Sant’Anna was just lovely, as I hope you can glean from my photos. I was very blessed to be a lector at that Mass. I have not actually checked but I am sure that video is now or will be soon be posted on Youtube.

As you pray today, include members of the large pilgrimage organized by New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan whose flight to Rome yesterday was cancelled by Delta! I was to have joined them today for a walk together with Cardinal Dolan to St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by entering the Holy Door to receive a plenary indulgence. Afterwards, at 4 pm, he was scheduled to celebrate Mass at the Tomb of St. Peter: Hopefully those events can be rescheduled!  Tonight was to feature dinner and a book-signing event with the pilgrims, many of whom I know!

MASS IN VATICAN PARISH COMMEMORATES MOTHER ANGELICA

At the same time that the funeral for Mother Angelica was being held at the Shrine of the Angels in Hanceville, Alabama, yesterday morning, the Rome EWTN family and friends attended a Mass in the Vatican parish of Sant’Anna that was celebrated by Cardinal George Pell.

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EWTN staff were lectors and readers of prayer intentions during Mass, including intentions read in various languages by the multi-lingual Rome members.

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Cardinal Pell was the principal celebrant and concelebrants for the Mass were: Msgr. Dario Eduardo Vigano, president of the Secretariat for Communications, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., spokesman for the Vatican and director of the Holy See Press Office, and Fr. Jeff Kirby, who is studying for his doctorate in moral theology in Rome

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Present at the Sant’Anna Mass were Ambassadors to the Holy See Ken Hackett of the U,S. Esteban Kriskovich of Paraguay, as well as representatives from Opus Dei, Cor Unum, the Foreign Press Office, FAO, L’Osservatore Romano, Order of the Holy Sepulcher, Catholic-Link, the Pontifical North American College (NAC), the Vatican Post Office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Christian Life Movement, the European Parliament, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and Greg Burke, vice director of the Holy See Press Office.

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Numerous media representatives were present as well.

Following is Cardinal Pell’s homily for Mother Angelica memorial Mass:

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April 1, 2016 –  St. Anne’s Church, Vatican City

Easter Sunday is a good day for dying, a good day for being born into eternal life. Mother Angelica died on last Easter Sunday, and we should be consoled by the time of her passing as we gather to pray for the repose of her soul as she awaits the Resurrection of the body.

Today’s Easter Gospel passage and the reading from Acts both speak of spectacular miracles. In the Gospel the apostles had been fishing all through the night without catching anything. And they did not recognize Jesus as he stood on the bank and invited them to try once more. I suspect the fisherman complied with the request out of politeness rather than conviction. But they took in a great catch of 153 fish, which strained their nets, and Jesus then gave them breakfast. In the passage from Acts we have Peter and John curing the crippled man through the power of Jesus Christ, and so disturbing the high priests and the leaders with their teachings and their miracles. It was after the first Pentecost, and Peter was no longer afraid as he defended his good deed done to a cripple. Mother Angelica would have been proud of him. ‘The man who stands before you was healed,’ he proclaimed, ‘in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. He is the stone rejected by you builders which has become the corner stone. And there is no salvation through anyone else.’ As the cross was proclaimed as a sign of contradiction with such faith and courage, it’s not surprising that by then the early Christian community numbered 5,000 men.

Some parallels quickly come to mind. The spread and effectiveness of Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN, founded in 1981 with an investment of $200 was as unexpected as the apostles’ huge catch of fish. So too we should draw strength from the fact that Peter’s salvation message was exactly the same as Mother Angelica’s, unbroken and substantially unchanged across 2,000 years. This kerygma, the basic Good News, doesn’t need improvement or pruning, and doesn’t need corrections or additions. And part of Mother Angelica’s effectiveness came from her acceptance of this truth.

Mother Angelica’s public personality was so boisterous that we can be tempted to forget that she was a contemplative Franciscan nun, a Poor Clare from the age of 21. I still feel her religious name is somewhat incongruous, as she was not angelic in any conventional sense. The Little Flower’s parents were both canonized, but Mother Angelica had no such blessing. Born into a poor family in the Rust Belt, Ohio, Rita Rizzo’s father abandoned her when she was five, and she was brought up by her mother, who suffered from depression. She did poorly at school – at the McKinley High School ­– although she was the drum majorette in the school band. Her life story brings a message of encouragement for all those who were or are children from broken homes. Some, perhaps many, from such backgrounds are tempted to be resentful, short of self-confidence, uncertain of their ability to contribute or build a good family. Mother Angelica is one more example of what can be achieved from difficult beginnings. She knew what it was to struggle. She wasn’t a ‘milk and water’ character, but a triumph of God’s grace through, and perhaps despite, her nature. She truly cast fire upon the earth.

God works in unexpected ways, as Mother Angelica promised him that she would found a monastery deep in the Protestant south, at Irondale in Alabama. With four companions she came there in 1962. An unlikely launching pad for an international television network, although probably not quite as unpromising a spot as Bethlehem and Nazareth. Mother began in a small way by recording video tapes of her homilies in the 1970s until she founded EWTN with Deacon Bill Steltemeier. Eventually EWTN pioneered the digital revolution in broadcasting, and many experts visited to examine just what they were doing. There was an enormous development and progression.

Mother Angelica was conservative, direct, and in fact somewhat divisive. She spoke truth to authority, as strong women have ever done to their families, their priests and bishops, and sometimes to the public; just think of Catherine of Siena. She didn’t found another church, and while she spoke bluntly to a number of the Church’s officials, she recognized the office of Pope and bishops and priests.

The Catholic world was very different back when she unleashed her withering attack on those who presented a female Christ figure at the 1993 Denver World Youth Day. There were not, then, as there are now, so many signs of hope; not so many young, orthodox and vital priests and religious. And this para-liturgical abuse provoked her to unleash the pent-up frustrations of many years. It was powerful and eloquent, something of a diatribe, certainly over-the-top in some ways. But thank God she spoke that way. When I read it, I remember thinking ‘yes, she’s right.’ And one Australian activist had written to me just recently, and told me that he changed his life’s direction after hearing it. It wasn’t discreet – in fact it was massively imprudent. But it was great copy for the journalists, and a great witness to the Christ that we follow.

She slowed down the drift toward destruction, turned away many from damaging themselves. We pray for her soul, despite the long years of penance through suffering which occurred after her strokes in 2001. May she be liberated from the effects of her weakness and sins.

Above all we thank God for her message, her courage and her faith. And we pray that the Church in the United States will throw up other giants equally unexpectedly to help strengthen our faith and lead us to Christ. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

George Card. Pell

Prefect

Secretariat for the Economy

REMEMBERING MOTHER ANGELICA – TRIBUTES TO AND MEMORIES OF MOTHER ANGELICA

REMEMBERING MOTHER ANGELICA

By now, everyone reading this column knows that EWTN’s foundress, known worldwide as Mother Angelica, died yesterday, Easter Sunday at the age of 92. If you are going to meet your Maker, Easter Sunday seems like a divinely appointed day to do so!

How fitting she would die at the end of the Easter Triduum, a three-day period that includes the Way of the Cross. Mother had her own years of Calvary, her physical sufferings, the many trials with starting the network, criticism when the fledgling EWTN global Catholic television and radio began to take root, and legions of doubters, at least in the early years.

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But she was single-minded, if she was nothing else! She wanted to teach the Word of God and a fairly new medium (at the time) like television seemed the perfect fit to her in her early years as a nun, a cloistered nun at that. Overcoming the most unlikely and incredible odds, she build the media family we all know today as EWTN global Catholic television.

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Most of you know that one of my very close friends was Cardinal Francis George, the late archbishop of Chicago. He often graced my home with his presence for dinner. One of the first times was in October 2005 when he was vice-president of the USCCB and he and the other officers came for dinner when they were in Rome for meetings with Pope Benedict.

I had only been with EWTN about two months at that time, and I was telling him of my transition from working for the Vatican at the Vatican Information Service to being EWTN’s Rome Bureau Chief. He looked at me and said, now there was woman to take note of, and he highlighted how she single-handedly, and with singleness of purpose, achieved what the USCCB could not.

Many great and wonderful things have been said and written about Mother over the years and especially in the last 24 hours, since her passing. Tributes have been paid by people who knew her for years, who worked with her side by side, who prayed with her, who cared for her at bedside these last years of suffering and inability to speak, who sat own with her for hours upon end to write an authoritative biography.

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I do not have their knowledge, nor do I have their years of closeness with this world famous nun, Sister to so many, Mother to countless others. I will leave the more profound, touching tributes to them.

However brief, I was blessed to meet Mother Angelica on several occasions. The most important for me was on August 22, 2005. I had just spent several days at EWTN and had signed the contract to be the network’s Rome Bureau Chief! Doug Keck asked me if I had ever been to the shrine on previous visits to the network, I said I hadn’t so he drove me to Hanceville.

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As we descended into the lower chapel and crypt area, we spotted her seated in a wheel chair, with two Sisters by her side, all three praying at the tomb of her mother. Doug and I waited until she was getting ready to leave and he then introduced me by name and by title, EWTN Rome Bureau Chief.

Although she could not talk, Mother’s eyes lit up and I saw a smile on her face. You see, her lifelong dream had been to establish this global Catholic network – but to set it up in Rome!

EWTN was to be planted in Irondale, Alabama, not Rome, but it flourished in that wonderful soil. It was only 24 years later that her Rome dream became a reality – an office, if not the whole network! The foundation date is August 15, 1981 – we met 21 years and one week after that!

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I knelt so we could look each other in the eyes. She took my hands in hers and with one hand, she blessed me – my eyes, ears, mouth and my hands. It was very moving for me and I have always kept that image in my mind as I represent the network, be it in radio, TV or in writing in my columns. She was telling me that the Lord’s word, His Truth, should be heard by me, spoken by me and then transmitted to others.

Truth was the key word for Mother and is the key word for me, every waking moment.

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People are asking: what will Mother Angelica’s legacy be? There will be many answers to that question. There will be rich, profound, meaningful commentaries, varied and yet valid, for sure.

People will look back at Mother’s ability to both read and reach people, her humor and humanity, her unwavering adherence to the truth, to the Church’s Magisterium when it would have been politically correct to tell people what they want to hear, not what they must hear, her single-mindedness, even her suffering. This – and SO much more, adds up to greatness.

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For me, We are Mother Angelica’s legacy – the EWTN employees, the global family of listeners and viewers, the Catholics and converts, no matter where they are or what language they speak.

She achieved a great dream that is now on five continents in several languages, and we will keep that dream – that reality – alive!

From Rome, with love…..

TRIBUTES TO AND MEMORIES OF MOTHER ANGELICA

Scores of tributes have poured to the network and appeared in emails and social media but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Here are just two. After these tributes are some wonderful links to her life, her sayings, etc. The first one from a 1984 60 Minutes show about Mother – riveting!

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia:   “Mother Angelica succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve.  She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits. Mother Angelica inspired other gifted people to join her in the work without compromising her own leadership and vision. I admired her very much, not just as a talented leader and communicator, but as a friend and great woman religious of generosity, intellect and Catholic faith.”

 The Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama:  “Mother Angelica brought the truth and the love and the life of the Gospel of Jesus to so many people, not only to our Catholic household of faith, but to many thousands of people who are not Catholic, in that beautiful way she had of touching lives, bringing so many people into the Catholic Faith.”

60 MINUTES and Mother Angelica: http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/classic-morley-safer-interviews-mother-angelica-on-60-minutes-in-1984/

In case you did not know Mother Angelica: http://aleteia.org/2016/03/27/mother-angelica-dead-tributes-from-catholics-in-media-pour-in/

Her now-I’ve-got-you-hooked-quotes: https://churchpop.com/2015/07/28/18-mother-angelica-quotes-that-hit-it-right-on-the-nose/

Some of the little known facts about Mother Angelica: https://churchpop.com/2016/03/27/things-you-didnt-know-about-the-life-of-mother-angelica/