EWTN’s roundtable discussion series and in depth interviews unapologetically examine and analyze important issues, news, and events from an authentically Catholic perspective. An engaged one-hour discussion about topics that matter to you. Hosted by Montse Alvarado.
The role of the Catholic Church and international governments.
Montse Alvarado sits down with the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Christophe Pierre about his complex work in multiple countries as an ambassador of Pope Francis. Rome Correspondent Colm Flynn shares the Holy Father’s message to ambassadors at the Vatican. Reporter Mark Irons tells us how the Church is helping victims of deadly tornados in the South and how a new app will help your prayer life.
Recap of the top stories of 2021 impacting Catholics
A historic Papal trip to Iraq, restrictions on Traditional Latin Mass, a multi-million dollar financial scandal involving a high-ranking Vatican official and a landmark Supreme Court decision in favor of Catholic Social Services. This episode features the major stories impacting the Catholic Church and the faithful worldwide.
Understanding the SCOTUS Commission report and a sit down with Cardinal George Pell
The main takeaways from the SCOTUS Commission report and the impact it may or may not have on the future of the Supreme Court. Plus, Cardinal George Pell is “On the Record” with how his faith helped him during his imprisonment. We highlight a massive feast for Our Lady of Guadalupe in Illinois and correspondent Colm Flynn takes us walking in St. Nicholas Village in Italy, just in time for Christmas.
Religious liberty and school choice
Supreme Court Justices hear oral argument in Carson v. Makin. At issue is whether a state violates the religion clauses or equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting students participating in student aid from choosing to use their aid to attend a religious school.
SCOTUS Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Oral argument heard in an historic abortion case at the Supreme Court. In Depth analysis of the arguments laid before the court and how justices responded. A dive into democracy concerns in Hong Kong as devout Catholic and media mogul Jimmy Lai marks one year behind bars for his pro-democracy actions. Correspondent Colm Flynn provides insight into the Papal visit to Greece and Cyprus, what it means for Catholics and refugees in these countries. Plus, a new survey on the political leanings of U.S. priests.
A Thanksgiving special highlighting women’s religious
Thousands of women around the world have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ. This episode showcases some of the incredible vocation stories of nuns and sisters and their tireless work reflecting the love of God that we’ve aired throughout the year. Including one new interview with Sister Mary Bendyna, Executive Director of Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).
USCCB’s 2021 Fall General Assembly take-a-ways
The main issues discussed at the assembly and how they impact parishioners in the U.S. Luisa de Poo, the Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Austin; provides insight on the USCCB’s “Walking with Moms in Need” program that aims to build active, pro-life ministries in parishes across the U.S. The episode also features a discussion on embracing the season of Advent, plus a trip to Assisi, Italy to honor St. Francis’ legacy on the World Day of the Poor.
Should clergy be allowed in the execution chamber? The latest from the Supreme Court. Plus Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia goes “On the Record.”
On the Record with Archbishop Nelson Perez 18 months into his new role leading the Philadelphia archdiocese. Discussing adoption and foster care in the U.S., as we celebrate National Adoption month, and opening the doors to vocations for men and women facing debt barriers, important information as the Church in the US asks for prayers for vocations during national vocations week.
Understanding the Synod on Synodality
This episode looks at the importance of dioceses taking part in the Synod on Synodality. Reporter Mark Irons looks at how parishioners are called to work with Church leaders to mold the future of the Church. A panel discussion dives into the impact it will have on the global Church. The broadcast also includes the latest on the Supreme Court hearing on the Texas abortion law.
Importance of interreligious dialogue and a look at the rise in homeschooling
On the 56th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a Vatican II document supporting interreligious dialogue we look at the current relationship of the Catholic Church with other faiths. This episode also looks at the growing number of households that homeschool, particularly among the black and Latino communities.
he history and future of Catholicism in Lebanon and the legacy of St. Junipero Serra.
Learning more about the Maronite Catholic Church, which is in full communion with the Holy See. Host Montse Alvarado speaks with Bishop Gregory Mansour about the history and future of the Church in Lebanon. Plus a panel discussion on the current violence in Beirut, it’s impact on the political and economic stability of the region. This episode also dives into the life of St. Junipero Serra, the first Hispanic saint of the United States, as the Church battles ongoing slander of the saint’s legacy.
The relationship of the Church and Native Americans, plus political and corporate responses to global religious persecution.
New Mexico Bishop James Wall discusses the plans for the USCCB to support Native American ministries in the U.S. and reconcile former injustices against indigenous communities. Reporter Mark Irons provides an overview of the relationship of the Catholic Church with tribal nations and shares his own experience working in these communities. This episode also features a discussion with Nury Turkel, Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Mr. Turkel was born in a re-education camp in China and now works in the U.S. fighting for religious freedom. And synodality kicks off in the U.S.— what this means for the American Church.
Major Trials of the Catholic Church
A breaking news report on the Catholic Church in France reveals that more than 200,000 children suffered abuse over several decades. EWTN News In Depth has expert analysis from the National Catholic Register’s Europe Correspondent Solene Tadie. In Rome, Judges at the Vatican make a surprise decision in a historic finance trial involving a high-ranking cardinal. Host Montse Alvarado speaks with Rome Correspondent Hannah Brockhaus with the latest updates. Plus, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a look at the growth, opportunities and challenges the Church faces within the Hispanic community.
Biblical principles behind financial planning
Host Montse Alvarado speaks with a leading venture capitalist on using principles from the Book of Genesis for Economic Success. Plus, how to invest your money following Catholic guidelines. Experts share how Catholic institutions and lay Catholics can make sound moral and ethical investment choices using Catholic Social Teaching as guide. As the Supreme Court 2021-2022 term starts this week, Adam White, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Co-Director of George Mason University’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State weighs in on upcoming blockbuster cases.
EWTN NEWS IN DEPTH Creating inclusive communities and protecting the rights of the disabled in light of health care rationing due to COVID. What we as Catholics should do to respond.
This episode features multiple interviews with leaders championing aid for the disabled. Steve Gold a Disability Rights Lawyer and Board Member of Liberty Resources, has been at the forefront of Disability Rights cases. He has helped to fight for accessible housing, worked on para-transit cases, physician-assisted suicide prevention, and more. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the Archbishop of Louisville is the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Host Montse Alvarado also speaks one-on-one with Matt Simpson, a Paralympian who just returned from playing goal ball in Tokyo.