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EWTN - or The Eternal Word Television Network - is a television and radio operation that broadcasts Catholic religious programming, via satellite and shortwave radio. Religion, sometimes used interchangeably with faith, is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the practices and institutions associated with such belief. ... A satellite is an object that orbits another object (known as its primary). ... A Grundig Shortwave receiver Shortwave radio operates between the frequencies of 3,000 kHz and 30 MHz (30,000 kHz) and came to be referred to as such in the early days of radio because the wavelengths associated with this frequency range were shorter than those commonly in use at...

EWTN began in 1981 and transmits 24 hour programming to 104 million homes in 110 countries and 16 territories on cable, satellite, and low power TV. 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cable is two or more wires bound together which may be bare or covered or insulated. ... Low-power broadcasting is the concept of broadcasting at very low power and low cost, to a small community area. ...


In the beginning

The founder of EWTN, Mother Angelica, founded Our Lady of Angels Monastery near Birmingham, Alabama and began developing short written religious teachings. As these short books became more popular, Mother Angelica's fellow nuns looked at technology to enable worldwide distribution. Birmingham is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. ... In general, a nun is a female ascetic who chooses to voluntarily leave the world and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent. ...


Mother Angelica began receiving requests for speaking engagements, which turned into a video series of her talks taped at a local Birmingham television station. Eventually, she built a TV studio on monastery property in Irondale, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. This developed into the worldwide brodcast center that EWTN is today. Video is the technology of processing electronic signals representing moving pictures. ... Irondale is a city located in Jefferson County, Alabama. ...


In 1992, EWTN established the largest privately owned short wave radio station in the Birmingham area. The station broadcasts Catholic programming 24 hours a day in English and Spanish. In 1996, EWTN launched a free satellite-delivered AM/FM radio network to stations worldwide, also in English and Spanish.

In 2004, EWTN announced an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, which allows Sirius to carry EWTN programming. An example of a Sirius satellite receiver. ...


The EWTN News department produces a daily news service for the television and radio network, featuring news sources including Vatican Radio.


Critics of the network say it displays a highly intolerant attitude towards non-Catholics. Critics say EWTN treats Protestants as heretics, saying that Protestants are only concerned with "misguided" personal interpretations of the bible and not with "the fullness of truth" that EWTN claims lays solely within the Catholic Church. EWTN portrays Atheists as either closet Theists to selfish or afraid to embrace religious responsibility, or simply as hedonists. New Age groups are considered to be in touch with Satanic or Demonic sources. Judaism is viewed as an incomplete religion, lacking Christ and the Gospel. Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Heresy, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a theological or religious opinion or doctrine maintained in opposition, or held to be contrary, to the ‘catholic’ or orthodox doctrine of the Christian Church, or, by extension, to that of any church, creed, or religious system, considered as orthodox. ... A Bible handwritten in Latin, on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. ... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ... Theism is the belief in one or more gods or goddesses. ... Hedonism is a word used to describe any way of thinking that gives pleasure a central role. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Satanism is a religious or philosophical movement centered around Satan or another entity identified with Satan, or centered around the forces of nature, particularly human nature, represented by Satan as an archetype. ... The demon Satan In folklore, mythology, and religion, a demon is a supernatural being that is generally described as an evil spirit, but is also depicted to be good in some instances. ... For a discussion of Jews as an ethnicity or ethnic group see the article on Jew. ... Christ, from the Greek in english known as Χριστός, or Khristós, means anointed, and is equivalent to the Hebrew term Messiah. ... In Christianity, Gospels are a genre of Early Christian literature essentially concerning the message and meaning of Jesus. ...

Some of these positions are simply opinion, based on honest religious principles or standpoints, but other positions may be perceived by many as slander and prejudice.

Critics also say that EWTN does this while vehemently accusing groups with opposing viewpoints of being anti-Catholic, ignoring its own anti-Protestant et al sentiment. EWTN contains many programs attempting to debunk religions and groups with opposing viewpoints, such as Lutherans or Pro-Choice activists, while at the same time it invokes, according to critics, the "anti-Catholic" card when anyone criticizes the Catholic Church, i.e. critics claim that EWTN will call Baptists heretics and then will call Baptists anti-Catholic for criticizing Catholicism, hence EWTN will be accusing Baptists of being prejudiced or bigoted against Catholicism and hence anti-Catholic, while EWTN itself will at the same time be holding an anti-Baptist position. The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... Pro-Choice is the preferred self-description of people who believe that a woman should have the freedom to terminate a pregnancy by having an abortion if she does not want to have a baby. ... Baptist churches are part of a Christian movement often regarded as an evangelical, protestant denomination. ...

Catholics who disagree with certain Church doctrines, such as those who advocate the use of birth control and the ordination of women, also feel that the network does not respect their views. However, EWTN maintains that it only broadcasts orthodox Catholic Teaching and has neither the duty or the motive to advocate positions contrary to the doctrines of the Church. Birth control generally refers to any plan or method used to alter or avoid the bodys natural state of fertility, thereby preventing or reducing the probability of pregnancy without abstaining from sexual intercourse; the term is also sometimes used to include abortion and natural family planning. ... Controversy in a number of churches over the ordination of women as priests or ministers. ...


  • Mother Angelica Live
  • Daily Catholic Mass
  • Life on the Rock with Fr. Francis Mary
  • EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa
  • The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi
  • The World Over with Raymond Arroyo - News

The network also airs coverage of Church events worldwide, documentaries, music specials, the Rosary, and other devotional segments. This article discusses the Mass as part of Christian liturgy, in particular the form it has taken in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church. ... Our Lady of Lourdes - Mary appearing at Lourdes with Rosary Beads The Rosary (its name comes from the Latin rosarium, meaning crown of roses), is an important and traditional devotion of the Roman Catholic Church, combining prayer and meditation in sequences of ten Hail Marys, each sequence being called a... Devotional songs are hymns that accompany religious rituals. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
Eternal Word Television Network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1178 words)
EWTN began in 1981 and transmits 24 hour programming to 118 million homes in 127 countries and 16 territories on cable, satellite, and low-power TV.
After Mother was able to purchase satellite space, EWTN signed on in August of 1981 with 4 hours a day of programming, including talk shows, Mother Angelica Live (aired two nights a week), Sunday Mass once a week, and re-runs of older Catholic programs such as Life Is Worth Living with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
EWTN has many programs discussing Protestant beliefs from their perspective, such as The Journey Home in which converts to Catholicism, mostly from other Christian denominations, state their reasons for converting.
EWTN (1768 words)
EWTN has become the television network of New Church, feeding its mass audience programming that combines solid Catholic content with the poison of Modernist innovation: the new liturgy, the new theology, and the new soul of New Church, whose disastrous arrival Pius XII was able to foresee only in the light of Fatima.
The EWTN “Magisterium” presumes to instruct Catholics on how the Faith is to be understood and practiced since the Second Vatican Council, and it routinely anathematizes traditionalists for their refusal to adhere to Post-Conciliar Correctness.
EWTN is a veritable network of apostasy that is using the medium of television to give Modernism a power over Catholics that it has never had before.
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