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Joe Pearce Talks Hobbit Day and JRR Tolkien's Life
In the month of September, we mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, JRR Tolkien and we celebrated this week both Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week. This week on Register Radio we talk to author and Tolkien expert Joseph Pearce about the legacy of the devoutly Catholic scholar and his masterwork The Lord of the Rings.
Tight Information Flow for the Synod on Synodality
We are now only a few weeks away from the start of the Synod on Synodality in Rome, and Synod officials have announced that the media will have limited access to the Synod’s sessions. This raises the question: Is a Tightly-Controlled Information Flow the Best Way to Go? This week on Register Radio we talk with Russell Shaw one of the great veterans of the Catholic Press about the Synod, secrecy, and the state of Catholic media.
Pope Makes History in Mongolia/ Artificial Intelligence and Catholic Colleges
The Pope of the Peripheries makes history in Mongolia. Catholic News Agency’s Courtney Mares traveled in the papal press corps during first ever papal visit to the north central Asian country. She joins us now with her traveler’s diary notes. Then we look at AI on College Campuses. How are Catholic colleges and universities handling this new moment of artificial intelligence. There’s no one size fits all answer. Register writer Matthew McDonald gives us perspectives from the field.
Dorothy Day, Mongolia and A Message to Journalists on Synod on Synodality/ Parents Push Back Politized School Curricula
Students are back in school or soon will be. And parents of public school students are, in some places, on high alert to safeguard their children from politicized agendas – especially in regards to gender identity in their school curriculum, Senior editor Joan Desmond has been following the latest developments in parental rights in California and across the country, she joins today. But first we turn to news from the Vatican. Roman holidays – that is the traditional August escape from hot and humid Rome – is over and Pope Francis has picked up a busy schedule with a 4 day trip to Mongolia, continued preparations for the synod, the signaling of support for the cause of Dorothy Day and confirmation that sequel to Laudato Si is in the works.
Editors Corner on Abortion Pill ,Maui Fires & Religious Liberty
The Maui fire devastation and a spared Catholic Church, a court ruling reinstating limits on abortion pills, Ohio pro-lifer’s gearing for an aggressive abortion ballot measure in November and Churches destroyed by a mob in Pakistan are some of the stories that Matthew Bunson and Jeanette De Melo talk the latest news in an Editors’ corner. Then EWTN New legal analyst Andrea Picciottt Bayer gives an update on a few religious liberty cases making their way through state courts.
World Youth Day Pilgrims Takeaways/ Barbie Makes You Think
World Youth Day surpassed expectations last week with 1.5 million pilgrims joining Pope Francis for a vigil and then the closing mass Aug 6 in Lisbon. Blogger and WYD pilgrim Kevin McCartney & Father Sean Conroy join us now to talk about their experience. Then we turn to another summer blockbuster – Barbie, which made history as the first film solely directed by a woman to surpass 1 billion in global box office sales. Register writer Meghan Schultz gives her take on the film.
World Youth Day/White House Abortion Policy
Editors Corner with Jeanette DeMelo and Matthew Bunson discussing World Youth Day and Lauretta Brown on the latest White House challenges to abortion policy.
World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 / The Miracle Club and Lourdes
Hundreds of thousands of young people will meet Pope Francis in Portugalfor World Youth Day 2023 . The Holy Father doesn’t want this opportunity to be simply religious tourism… it’s a spiritual pilgrimage. Father Roger Landry joins us now to talk about how WYD people can help us all on our spiritual pilgrimage of life. Then we turn to another well know pilgrimage site Lourdes. The film The Miracle Club highlights the journey of a group of women to Our Lady’s shrine at Lourdes in France. Register senior editor Joan Desmond reviews the film plus offers her own experience of assisting pilgrims to Lourdes.
Sounds of Freedom/ Working Through Grief / Grandparents
Sound of Freedom has now topped box office charts. Register writer Patti Armstrong has followed the movie’s production, its success and its serious subject matter – human trafficking. Then we turn to a subject not easy to speak about but that everyone faces at some point in life—grief. We explore how to grieve the Catholic Way: Seeking Heavenly Help Through Sorrow and Trauma. And then don’t forget Grandparents’ Day July 23.
Supreme Court’s Religion-Related Decisions and Pope’s New Doctrine Head Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez
The Supreme Court ended its term with two religion-related decisions, ruling in favor of religious accommodation and free speech. Andrea Picciotti Bayer explains the Court’s decisions and relevance for any believer and the common good. Then Pope Francis announced last week a new head for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith. Edward Pentin offers reporting and analysis on Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez.
Catholics in the American Revolution & Update on Bishop Strickland
Happy Fourth of July! As we prepare for Independence Day, let’s do some trivia on Catholic connections in the American Revolution. Register writer Joseph Pronechen has the fact about some of the unsung Catholic heroes who made their mark at our nation’s beginnings. But first we look at important Church news US this week – Register editor in chief Shannon Mullen discusses the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas.
Synod on Synodality Document and Eucharistic Conversion
The #Synod on Synodality concluded its preparatory phase this week with the release of the planning document that will guide the October gathering of synod members. The document lays out what promises to be a wide-ranging discussion on #Pope Francis’ vision of a more inclusive, decentralized and “listening” church. Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl joins us with analysis. Then we hear from a young woman who converted from #Judaism then Protestantism to Catholicism and now is witnessing to others the power of the #Eucharist. Joanna Wischer shares her story. #popefrancis
Origins of LGBTQ+ Ideologies and Father’s Day
Baseball, LGBTQ+ pride, a troupe of men grotesquely dressed in nuns’ habits receiving honors for their so-called charity and other men dress in women’s jerseys receiving top prizes in women’s competition. Then Father’s Day thrown into the middle of this. These are the marks of the month of June. How did we get into this madness and where do we go from here? Two authors and fellows at the Ethics and Public Policy center offer their insights: Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering join us today.
The Hillbilly Thomists ( Encore)
Alyssa Murphy talks with The Hillbilly Thomists, Dominican Friars that are combining Catholic theology with bluegrass music.
GRN's Len Oswald - Fr. Landry On HOPE
Interview with Len Oswald who is retiring from EWTN radio largest affiliate Guadalupe Radio Network after 27 years. Then Register columnist Father Roger Landry talks about HOPE and how it helps those who are sinking into suicide and depression.
Missouri Nun's Body Seems Intact 4 Years After Burial
Hundreds of pilgrims have flocked to a Missouri monastery this week to see the remains of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, a Benedictine sister who died 4 years ago and whose recently exhumed body shows very little signs of decay. EWTN News’ Kelsey Wicks, went to Gower, Missouri last weekend to cover this remarkable story.
Dealing with Infertility
The month of May with its celebration of mothers, can leave some women feeling desolate. Today we talk to women who have experienced the pain of infertility and who have leaned into their suffering through God’s help to yield beautiful witnesses to adoption and spiritual motherhood. We talk to two women who are writers and advocates Leigh Snead and Mary Bruno.
Mothers Day Special
We celebrate Mothers Day this Sunday with warm appreciation for all the women who are mothers – physically or spiritually bearing, nurturing and loving children. On Register Radio, Register managing editor of ncregister.com Alyssa Murphy talks to Lisa Wheeler about entering motherhood through fostering and adoption children. And them we talk about the special role of women in bringing children to Christ with feature writer Lindsey Weishar.
Pope in Hungary Review and the German Tax on Catholicism
One of the top stories at the NCRegister.com last month was about a web platform that seeks to combat porn addictions that took its inspiration from an unlikely source: Blessed Carlo Acutis. Register writer Solene Tadie wrote that story. She joins us now from Rome just days after she followed Pope Francis’s travels to Hungary last weekend. Solene gives us highlights about the unique ways of evangelizing in our culture and the impact of the Holy Father on young and old alike in Hungary. Then we turn to happenings in the Church in another European country. Jonathan Liedl has more on the German situation – and we examine the question: how does the German tax influence German Catholicism?
SCOTUS Cases & Prolife Colleges
Heightened attention is on the Supreme Court again these days over issues of abortion and religious liberty. Today Register columnist Andrea Picciotti-Bayer provides insights into the Supreme Court’s latest cases, including the ruling on the abortion pill and the oral arguments the justices heard related to a former postal worker, who refused to work on Sunday. Then we turn to hearing about a Catholic university that’s stepping up its commitment to life and dignity by offering young, single moms childcare, housing and a compassionate community. Register’s national correspondent Lauretta Brown has the story.
Mother Angelica 100th Birthday
Happy Birthday to Mother Angelica! On April 20, Mother Mary Angelica, the nun who created the world’s largest Catholic media networked, would have turned 100 years old. EWTN Global Catholic Television Network’s founder, who died in 2016, has had a profound impact on Catholics in the United States and around the world. Today on Register Radio, Father Joseph Mary shares stories of Mother Angelica’s great trust and how that continues to impact EWTN’s work. Then the Register’s Digital Managing Editor Alyssa Murphy brings us stories from listeners and readers who have been touched by Mother.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2023
This weekend the Universal Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul dedicated the Second Sunday of Easter to “The Feast of Mercy” in 2000 at the Canonization of the Polish religious sister Saint Faustina Kowalska and since then devotion has grown tremendously. Today on Register Radio, Register writers Matt McDonald and Lauretta Brown talk about the growth of Divine Mercy devotion as well as some ways to partake in this feast day’s greatest offerings.
Pope's Recent Health and a German Synod Update
Prayers for Pope Francis were called for this week when the Holy Father spent a few days in the hospital before one of the busiest times of the liturgical year. On Register Radio today Matthew Bunson and I discuss the Pope’s health and Holy Week. Then we turn our attention to Germany, where a bishop’s resignation and other events seem aimed to deter the heterodox path of the German Synodal Way. Jonathan Liedl, the Register’s senior editor who recently returned from Germany, offers his analysis.
Lent, Fasting, and the Rise of the Occult
How tough a Catholic are you? How would you have done with the Catholic Church’s practice of fasting if you lived 100 years ago? Today we discuss Lent and Fasting – now and then with Register staff writer Matthew McDonald. Then we turn to the troubling trend of interest in the Occult and discuss ways of “putting the devil on the run” with Register contributor Mary Frances Myler.
The Tenth Anniversary of Pope Francis' Pontificate
On today’s show Register columnist Father Raymond J. De Souza examines the highlights and lowlights of Pope Francis’ pontificate and then, along with Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl, we look at one of Francis’ biggest challenges the German Synodal Way.
Life of Bishop David O’Connelll - 1 Year of the Ukraine War
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is mourning the loss of Bishop David O’Connell, who was shot and killed two weeks ago. He has been remembered as shepherd who knew the smell of his sheep and who tirelessly served the community. Senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond who has covered the story joins us on Register Radio. Then Matthew Bunson and Jeannette DeMelo have an editors corner that highlights news of the first anniversary of Ukraine- Russia war, the Vatican’s latest communication on the Traditional Latin Mass, a feature on 6 American Black Catholics Are on the Road to Sainthood and more.
Dr. Scott Hahn and Amy Smith on Lent 2023
Lent 2023 is here and Catholics across the globe turn to prayer, fasting and works of charity in order to more fully unite themselves to Christ. The National Catholic Register provides resources to aid this spiritual journey. Today Doctor Scott Hahn joins us to discuss his new free Bible study, "Holy Is His Name"? Then the Register’s associate editor Amy Smith gives us highlights of other Lenten materials.
Nicaragua: Faith During Persecution
Eight Nicaraguan Priests who were expelled from their country by the Ortega regime celebrated Mass for first time in six months last weekend at a small chapel in Washington DC. The Register’s senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond who has covered this story of faith in the face of persecution joins us on Register Radio along with Register columnist Andrea Picciotti Bayer, who covers religious liberty issue world-wide. #EWTN #Catholic #Radio #Religious #Freedom
A New Editor in Chief - An Israel Pilgrimage
The Register has a new editor in chief. EWTN announced last month that Shannon Mullen will be lead the 95 year old National Catholic Register. Shannon joins us to talk about his dedication to journalism and his mission in Catholic media. Jeanette & Matthew also talk with Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl about his recent trip to Israel – the highlights of pilgrimage but also the ongoing strife in the region. And lastly we take another look at conflicting concepts of synod that continue to cause tension in the church. Listen to the program on EWTN Catholic radio.
Running A Catholic Newspaper ( Encore)
Matthew Bunson interviews Jeanette De Melo, the Register's editor in chief about what it takes to run the National Catholic Register. They discuss the history of this almost 90 plus year old paper and how Jeanette came to work work there.
Human Composting & March for Life 2023
This weekend men and women, young and old from around the country rallied in demonstration of the tragedy of abortion. Their protest marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade which was decided 50 years ago on Jan 22, 1973, despite the fact that Roe has been overturned. Pro-life organizers told the Register’s national reporter Lauretta Brown that the marches are now more important than ever. She joins now to explain why. Then we turn to a different kind of pro-life question: Is Human Composting a moral option? Register columnist John Grondelski joins us to explain the Church’s teaching on proper Christian burial.
Fr. de Souza on Pope Benedict XVI & Cardinal Pell
Father Raymond de Souza has interviewed both Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal George Pell of Australia. This week on Register Radio Fr. De Souza talks with Jeannette DeMelo and Matthew Bunson on the legacy of Pope Benedict and his long friendship with Cardinal Pell.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XI Funeral
Register’ Rome correspondent Edward Pentin and Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl share impressions on Pope Emeritus Benedict XI's funeral and insights into his legacy.
2022 Year in Review
As we closed out 2022, the Register prepared our year in review edition. The Register’s national correspondent Lauretta Brown gives special attention to #pro-life heroes this year marking their long hard work to overturn Roe vs Wade. Then the Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin for a look back at this year’s happenings involving the #Pope and the #Vatican.
The Latest in Vatican News
As pilgrims make their way to Rome for Advent and the Christmas season, important Vatican news continues, including the crisis of the German Synodal Path, the Synod on Synodality, and the on-going trial of Cardinal Angelo Becciu. This week on Register Radio, we are joined by the Register’s Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin with the latest on these stories and more.
The Immaculate Conception 2022
Johnnette shares that the Immaculate Conception is the Catholic dogma that states that Mary was conceived without original sin or its stain. That’s what “immaculate” means: without stain. She asked listeners to share how Mary has changed their life. Anne tells of how putting 'Miraculous medals ' in her son's car helped him to make good decisions. Judy, Madalyn, Barbara all share their stories too .
The Hillbilly Thomists
Alyssa Murphy talks with The Hillbilly Thomists, Dominican Friars that are combining Catholic theology with bluegrass music.
Understanding Mass Readings and New Saints
Scripture scholar John Bergsma help us deepen our understanding of the ‘A’ cycle of readings we hear at Sunday Mass. Then explore the new sainthood causes for 3 American women in an editor’s corner.
The 2022 USCCB Conference Reviewed
The U.S. #bishops met this week to choose new leaders for their conference and discuss key priorities for the Church in the America including life issues after #Dobbs, #Synod on Synodality and #Marriage catechumenate. EWTN News was on the ground reporting from the event. The Register’s Lauretta Brown and Jonathan Liedl join us with their take aways. #USCCB
Midterm Results & USCCB Elections
The 2022 Mid-Term elections did not deliver the anticipated Red Wave that was expected to carry the Republicans back to power in Washington, DC. It did bring some major surprises, however, and left the GOP poised to block President Biden’s agenda for the next two years. What were the biggest takeaways from the midterms? This week on register Radio, we are joined by Lauretta Brown, Register staff writer who has been covering the midterms. And then, we talk with Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl about the upcoming USCCB Fall General Assembly.
The latest on the US Midterms and the Synod on Synodality
As Election Day Approaches, many Catholics have joined EWTN in praying a Marian Novena for Our Nation. At the Register we are praying as well as continuing to cover the important issues at play in the midterms. The Register’s National Correspondent Lauretta Brown joins us from Washington. And then Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl talks about the latest on the Synod on Synodality including what’s in the working document and who will represent the US in the continental phase.
Politics in Church and State: Synod and US Midterms
Pope Francis has decided to extend the Synod on Synodality to October 2024. His announcement on Oct. 16 included his decision to divide the Synod of Bishops into two sessions that will meet in Rome in October 2023 and October 2024. Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin joins us with analysis of this news. Then EWTN Legal Analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer joins us to discuss the new term at the US Supreme Court and cases Catholics should watch. She’ll also highlight how Religious Liberty is in the crosshairs of midterm election campaigns
The 60 Year Anniversary of Vatican II
On Oct. 11, 2022, the Catholic Church recognized the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII. To commemorate the Council and examine the mark it continues to have on the Church these 60 years later, the National Catholic Register published a symposium of voices. Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl helped organize this effort and Theologian Larry Chapp contributed to the special edition. Both join Jeanette DeMelo to discuss Vatican II’s continued relevance in this moment as well as its significance for the future of the Church.
The Results of the EWTN News Opinion Poll
As midterm elections are only one month away, pollsters are taking a pulse on what’s important to voters and gaging how they intend to cast their ballot. EWTN News has commissioned polls of Catholic voters. Here on Register Radio we examine the latest poll data that shows that confidence in President Joe Biden has plummeted and the economy is top on voters’ minds. We’ll also look at the consistent way weekly Mass going Catholics stand out in their views from the general population. Then we turn to something lighter and yet deeper art, culture and eternal perspectives with Register UK Correspondent KV Turley.
Hooked on the Camino - Traveling the Camino de Santiago
“Hooked on the Camino” that’s how one bishop described his 5th pilgrimage on the ancient way of St. James. Recently 3 US Bishops traveled the Camino de Santiago together for two and half weeks. They shared their pilgrimage experience with the National Catholic Register’s Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl.
The German Synodal Path/ Transgender Services Business
Pope Francis went to Kazakhstan this week to visit the small Catholic community there as well as attend a congress for leaders of world religions. AC Wimmer, an editor and journalist for EWTN News joins us on Register Radio to discuss the papal trip as well the latest news of the German synodal path. Then we turn to Register national reporter Lauretta Brown to look at Planned Parenthood’s thriving transgender services business and how a growing number of people are speaking out against the adversely affected by a so-called gender transition.
Queen Elizabeth's Life & A Mother Teresa Film
The late Queen Elizabeth II, as monarch of Great Britain and the head of the Church of England, met five popes in her lifetime. Pope Francis in his statement upon her death Sept. 8 promised prayers for her peaceful repose and praised her for “her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises.” Edward Pentin, the Register’s Rome Correspondent, who hails from England, joins us now to remember the Queen. Then EWTN News’ executive director Matthew Bunson and National Catholic Register’s Jeanette De Melo discuss Mother Teresa and the film “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” marking the 25th anniversary of her death.
INTERVIEW: Notre Dame Coach - Marcus Freeman
School days are back. And so is college football. Ahead of college football season 2022 week 1, the Register’s Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl talked to the Fighting Irish’s new head coach Marcus Freeman about faith, fatherhood and Notre Dame football.
20 New Cardinals & an Extraordinary Consistory
This is a week of consistories at the Vatican – there will be three of them! On August 27 Pope Francis will place a red biretta on the heads of 20 new cardinals in an ordinary consistory. Then he’ll have another consistory to approve the canonization of new saints. And then there’s an extraordinary consistory, for which all the cardinals of the Church were invited to Rome. This extraordinary consistory to discuss the governance changes brought by the Roman Curia’s new constitution, Praedicate evangelium. EWTN News’ executive editor Matthew Bunson is covering these events in Rome. Before his trip Matthew gave us a preview on what to expect during this unusually busy August at the Vatican. Then Andrea Picciotti-Bayer talks Religious Liberty across the globe – with a look at China, Nicaragua and Nigeria.
Sex Trafficking & VISA- also Church in Nicaragua
Over the last month, the leftist regime of President Daniel Ortega has cracked down on the Catholic Church in Nicaragua with several acts of suppressing clergy, Catholic media outlets and public worship. Last week the Vatican expressed the Holy See’s concern for the situation. The Register’s senior editor Joan Desmond brings us the story. Then Register writer Lauretta Brown reports on another crackdown, this time one that can potentially be positive: Visa and P0rnhub are facing a lawsuit that could help curb the powerful porn industry’s role in child abuse and sex trafficking.
State ballot initiatives on abortion.
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade’s false assertion that abortion is a federally protected “right, ” the question of regulating abortion in America has returned once again to the fifty states. Many legislators and citizens will be faced with decisions on this important topic in the coming months. This week on Register Radio, we are joined by Paul Linton, a Catholic attorney and author of Abortion Under State Constitutions to discuss upcoming state battles on abortion. And then, we talk with Alyssa Murphy the Register's Managing Editor of NCRegister.com with a round-up of the stories you won’t want to miss.
Colm on Flynn- Papal Trip to Canada
Pope Francis was in Canada this week on what he has called a “penitential pilgrimage.” His aim was to address the harms suffered by Indigenous individuals and communities in Canada. The papal trip had three main stops: first Edmonton in the west, then Quebec City in the east, for the Pope to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and, finally, a visit to the remote Baffin Island community of Iqaluit, in the far north. EWTN News was able to travel with the papal press corps during the trip. And the Register provided a special report from Edmonton by Colm Flynn just before the Holy Father touched down in North America. Colm Flynn joins us here with his story.
"Pregnant Persons" and State Abortion Laws
A month after the Supreme Court issued their decision in Dobbs effectively sending the legalization of abortion back to each state to legislate, we take a look at what’s happened in the national abortion policy debate and what states to watch. Lauretta Brown, the Register national correspondent will report. Then Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond discusses another intense topic: pregnant persons… that’s right not pregnant women but generic persons. How has the transgender movement and the pro-abortion movement conflicted over what it means to be a woman.
Catholic Press Association Winners
Every summer the Catholic Press Association gathers together Catholic media personnel for an annual convention and for award recognitions. This year the National Catholic Register took home 22 awards as well as the top accolade of Newspaper of the Year in the national division. Listen in to Register Radio for a rundown of EWTN News’ honors. We’ll also discuss with Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl the Pontifical Academy for Life’s latest document that seems to contradict established Church teaching on contraception and lastly we’ll hear from our newest intern Hannah Cote on her coverage of culture and arts – particularly discussing her reviews of Disney flicks you’ll want to pass on.
Jeanette DeMelo -Running a Catholic Newspaper
Matthew Bunson interviews Jeanette De Melo, the Register's editor in chief about what it takes to run the National Catholic Register. They discuss the history of this almost 90 plus year old paper and how Jeanette came to work work there.
Roe v Wade Overturned by SCOTUS
Catherine Hadro and Lauretta Brown join Register Radio host Jeanette DeMelo to discuss the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe vs Wade
Junes Holy Days and Today's Top Headlines
June brings Summer sun and often vacation fun. For the Church it is packed full of important feasts, from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday to Corpus Christi and many in between. Register columnist John Grondelski helps us raise our hearts and minds to that which matters most union with God as we contemplate June’s holy days. Then Jeannette DeMelo and Matthew Bunson look at today’s headlines in an Editors Corner
Guns and School Shootings
The national response to tragic gun violence in recent weeks, including mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have fallen along predictable party lines. The US bishops and many Catholic voices have responded in ways that addresses both policy issues related to gun access as well as other underlying cultural factors. Register senior editor Jonathan Leidl will report on what he calls the “both/and” Catholic response to this national crisis. But first we turn to a Church leader who more than 20 years ago was part of the first Catholics who responded to the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado. Jim Beckman who was a part of the youth ministry team at St. Francis Cabrini Church shares how a mass shooting in his town changed the way he did ministry forever
Pentecost Sunday & New Cardinals
Happy Birthday Church. Pentecost Sunday is here. And given current events there is a need more than ever to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s constant presence in the Catholic Church. To help us prepare for Pentecost we’ve invite Scripture Scholar John Bergsma back to Register Radio. And then, we catch up with Edward Pentin with insights on the new cardinals.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileoner Letter To Nancy Pelosi
A week ago Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone made the bold pastoral move to notify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi she would not be permitted to receive the Holy Eucharist in the San Francisco archdiocese until she publicly recants her support for abortion. How will this action reverberate beyond Pelosi? Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl brings us the story. Then, in light of this week’s Solemnity of the Ascension, we turn to another question: Were the disciples sad when Christ Ascended into Heaven? On this topic, Register blogger John Clark has some insights to share.
The Arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen
When Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90 year old bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, was arrested and released on bail two weeks ago it sent a clear signal of just how far China will go in trespassing on religious freedom. What’s next for Cardinal Zen and for Catholic and other religious believers in Hong Kong? Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin brings us that story and more, including how European prolifers are hailing the expected Dobbs decision.
Do Boycotts Work? - SCOTUS Leak
Many in the U.S. are still reeling over the leaking of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion revealing the High Court is poised to overturn Roe verse Wade. Protests have erupted. Politicians have dug in entrenched on either side of the abortion policy debate as the Dobbs decision as well as mid-terms approach quickly. The Register’s National correspondent Lauretta Brown joins us today with reports from Washington. And then our Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl helps us wade through the question of boycotts. Should pro-lifers boycott those big companies pouring funds into expanding abortion access? We weigh the situation here.
The SCOTUS Leak on Roe v Wade
The leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in the Dobbs case – a decision that could bring an end to the abortion regime of Roe v. Wade – has caused a political and media firestorm. What was behind the unprecedented leak, what is actually written in the opinion, and what might lie ahead for the highest court? EWTN legal analyst Andrea Picciotti Bayer gives her insights into this blockbuster news. And then, we discuss with Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith the challenges the Pro-life movement faces in a post-Roe landscape. And we honor the memory of Vicky Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel.
Father Stu Premiere
On this week's show, we welcome Register Editor Alyssa Murphy, who went to the premiere of Father Stu and interviewed various people involved in the production of the film.
Holy Week Insights & Disney's LGBTQ Agenda
Register columnist Msgr. Charles Pope offers some insights into staying the course with the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection during Holy Week. Then Register intern Meaghan Schultz on Disney’s LGBTQ agenda and how some parents are reacting.
Pope Francis Met with Canadian Indigenous Leaders
Pope Francis met with Canadian indigenous leaders and Canadian Catholic bishops this week in steps aimed at bringing reconciliation to those communities due to tensions over the Church’s role in operating assimilation oriented residential-school. Father Raymond DeSouza provides analysis. Then we explore the new exciting venture of EWTN News in the Middle East, a Catholic news agency in Erbil Iraq. Catholic News Agency’s executive director Alejandro Bermudez explains the important mission ACI Mena.
Why a Consecration of Russia & Ukraine?
Pope Francis joined by the bishops of the world consecrated themselves, the Church, humanity and specifically Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. Why was this event so important? What more can be done for peace? Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen offer us a refresher on the Messages of Our Lady of Fatima and how we can follow her direction. Then we have an editors corner to look at Pope Francis’s new constitution of the roman curia, the anniversary sixth anniversary of Mother Angelica’s death and a new Catholic news agency in Mother’s name in Erbil, Iraq.
News of Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Blessed Mother
Pope Francis has announced he will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Blessed Mother on March 25. What’s the significance and historical context of this consecration? Register columnist Father Raymond De Souza has the answer. Plus Father Raymond give insights into the greatest canonization ever when 5 holy companions were canonized 400 years ago on March 12, 1622 – what’s the relevance today? Also, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer another give us some updates on practical matters for Catholics – that is the freedom to practice our faith. The host of Religious Freedom Matters tells how school choice in education relates to our faith and our liberty.
The Difference and Importance of Ukraine Catholics
Last week International Women’s Day was used by some, including President Joe Biden, to push abortion. Women deserve so much more. Here on Register Radio Lauretta Brown, the our National Correspondent provides perspective. Then EWTN News executive editor and I have an editors’ corner where we talk news and topics you won’t want to miss.
Ready for Lent and Pets in Our Lives
Ash Wednesday is March 2nd, only days away. Do you know what you’re giving up? EWTN’s Father John Paul Mary Zeller joins me to help us prepare for Lent. Then we turn to something more mundane. Pets and their place in our lives. Are pets making our lives better or drawing us away from something greater? Register writers Jonathan Liedl and Peter Jesserer Smith share the lessons they’ve learned in reporting on the value of pets.
Wading through the Week's Headlines- Motu Proprios, Sports Bras and Valentines Day
Skimming headlines for this past week Register readers would find Archbishop Georg Ganswein defending the record of Pope Benedict on handling sexual abuse, Pope Francis issuing two new Motu Proprios, 15 Catholic leaders musing on the sacrament of Marriage for Valentine’s Day and Adidas advertising bare naked ladies tops when then intended to promote sports bras. Wading through these stories we are joined by Shannon Mullen, Catholic News Agency’s editor in chief and Meghan Schultz the Register’s latest intern.
Edward Pentin (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) & Johnathan Leidl (Cardinale Hollerich)
The Church in German was the focus of many Catholic news headlines this week as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responded to a report that faulted his handling of sexual abuse cases when he led the Archdiocese of Munich. Register reporter Edward Pentin brings us the story from Rome. Then we turn to another controversy that erupted in a German news interview with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg relator general of the Synod on Synodality that seems to undermine the integrity of Catholic doctrine. Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl brings us analysis of that story.
Catholic Schools Week 2022
Many Catholics across the U.S. are celebrating Catholic schools during this week. And there’s reason to applaud all those connected with our Catholic schools for staying open and persevering through what’s now the third academic year impacted by Covid. Register correspondent Judy Roberts brings us highlights of Catholic schools week. Then we turn to Catholic News Agency’s editor in Chief Shannon Mullen for an editors corner discussing news and stories you won’t want to miss.
Catholics in France and Pro-Life News
The Church in France has long been called the eldest daughter of the Church, but today there are challenges and crises for French Catholics in all directions. But there are also signs of hope and promise. This week on Register Radio we talk to Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl about his recent trip to France. And then, as the nation marks the anniversary of Roe versus Wade and the Pro-Life movement marches in Washington, DC and around the country, we are joined by Lauretta Brown with an update on Pro-Life News as we all look ahead to the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson.
EWTN Prolife Weekly's Prudence Robertson
EWTN Prolife Weekly has a new host. This week on Register Radio we welcome Prudence Robertson, a former spokesperson for Susan B. Anthony List. Then we have an editors corner on those who we lost in 2021.
Review of 2021's Prolife and International Highlights
As we look at 2021 in the rearview mirror one image continues to stand out: the powerful perseverance of the prolife movement. With the Mississippi 15 week abortion ban before the Supreme Court and the Texas heartbeat law facing opposition from the federal government, we saw what the pro-life movement is made of. And the story isn’t over – 2022 will continue to see the shift in the abortion policy landscape. Lauretta Brown joins us with a perspective on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Then we have an editors corner reflecting on international and other national highlights of 2021 as we continue our year in review coverage.
2021 Year in Review for Vatican and Legal
Happy New Year. At the start 2022, take a moment to review the last year as we say good bye to 2021. The Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin joins us for a year in review of the Vatican and EWTN News’ legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer gives us the highlight on the Religious Freedom front.
Having the Best Christmas - Past Present and Future
Are you set to have the Best Christmas Ever? Even better do you hope to give a gift that helps someone else have the Best Christmas Ever? Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith brings us a heartwarming story of how one parish in Minnesota generously helped a family and a community do just that. And we also look to Charles Dicken’s the Christmas Carol to learn the importance of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Register Columnist John Grondelski guides us through this lesson.
Mental Health in Holidays- Discrimination on Religious Schools
Advent is more than half past and the frenzy of the holiday season is in high gear. How do we stay focused on the reason for Christmas? Msgr. Charles Pope brings us St. Paul’s 5 part plan for mental health. Then we turn back to the Supreme Court where oral argument was heard this week on the question: Can local governments discriminate based on religion in school choice programs? EWTN News’ legal analyst Andrea Picciotti Bayer has the story.
Resetting Abortion Laws - Children's Books for Christmas
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 1 for Dobbs vs. Jackson which could decide reset U.S. national abortion laws. Many pro-lifers were hopeful after the hearing. Law professor Teresa Collette weighs in. Then we turn to this season in which we prepare for Christmas and true reason for our Joy… There are small ways to keep our families focused on Jesus during the Holidays. Author Anthony DeStafano has been giving us helpful resources by way of beautiful children's’ books for many years. He gives us highlight today.
Interview with Helen Alvare
Interview with Helen Alvare on the Supreme Court Challenge to ‘Roe v. Wade
Dismantling Religious Liberty & Bishops Fall Assembly
In an EXCLUSIVE STORY the Register reported this week that the Health and Human Services Department is planning new rules to mandate health care providers to comply with abortion and gender-transition agendas, dismantling religious liberty exemptions. Register staff writer Peter Smith has the scoop. And what are the take-aways from the US bishops fall assembly? Register National correspondent Lauretta Brown reports from Baltimore.
Catholic Education & The Four Last Things
Education emerged as a key factor in Virginia’s Gubernatorial election, where concerned parents pushed back against curriculum content and school policies on COVID-19. Some say these parents are part of a broader movement for change in the educational landscape. Are we witnessing a reawakening among parents to their rights and responsibilities for the education of their children? This issue we’ll find out. Patrick Reilly, founder and president of the Cardinal Newman society is no stranger to the role parents should play in education or in keeping school curricula on target. He joins us today on Register Radio. Then in this month of November we pray for the dead and we also reflect on where we are headed when our souls depart. Will we become saints or lost souls? The Church invites us to make Heaven, Hell, Death, Judgment a part of our November reflections. We talk to Register columnist John Grondelski about the Four Last Things.
Real Life Catholic Chris Stefanick
An interview with "Real Life Catholic" Chris Stefanick.
All Saints and All Souls
This week’s Register Radio shines a light on All Saints Day when Catholic News Agency’s Hannah Brockhaus tells the story of some of the Church’s newest saints and blesseds. Then we turn to All Souls and remembering the dead – even those we didn’t know when we highlight the San Francisco archdiocese’s Requiem Mass for the Homeless with composer Frank LaRocca of the Benedict XVI Institute.
Baptism without a Godfather - Internet Scams
Imagine baptism without a godfather. Well that’s the reality in one Sicilian archdiocese that has banned the appointment of godfathers for the next three years. Register contributor Patti Armstrong gives us reasons godparents exist and explains how the Marlon Brando model of the Godfather gets it very wrong. Then Register staff writer Peter J. Smith shares about the trouble some parishes are having with internet scams and what can be done to avoid them.
Classical education & Chesterton schools
Classical #education has gained interest in recent years even amid the coronavirus pandemic. #Chesterton schools is one network of classical education academies that has served Catholic high school students in numerous cities throughout the country. What the appeal of this classical model of education in general and Chesterton schools in particular? Register contributor Paul Saenz has the story. Then Matthew Bunson and Jeanette De Melo have an editors’ corner covering the New York City @Napa Institute gathering, the miracle for the beatification for John Paul I, and the opening of the #Synod on Synodality.
Women’s Health Protection Act & Vatican News
The Biden Administration promised a “whole government” response to the pro-life Texas heartbeat law and last week we saw Congress act on that when House Democrats passed the Women’s Health Protection Act. How are pro-life advocates responding to this federal push for so-called abortion rights? Catherine Hadro, host and managing editor of EWTN’s Pro-life Weekly, weighs in. Then Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin reports on the latest Vatican news including the trial related to Cardinal Angelo Beccu.
Father Emil Kapaun and Guardian Angels
Father Emil Kapaun, the Korean War military chaplain, prisoner of war, and Medal of Honor recipient has finally returned home to Kansas, where his remains were laid to rest Sept. 29. Today Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen shares the story of Fr. Kapaun’s heroism, his journey home, and the impact of his life on so many across the nation. Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels. On this special day we’ll learn more about the mission of angels with Msgr. Charles Pope.
Catholic University of America’s President - John Garvey
Catholic University of America’s president has announced he is stepping down at the end of the school year. John Garvey’s time at the university has widely been recognized as a period of strengthening Catholic identity and shoring up the academic offerings in the Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition. His work has paid off: student retention has increased and fundraising goals have been topped at record levels. President John Garvey joins us today to tell his story about not only about building up a university but about falling in love with Catholic U.
King of Classic Horror and Catholic Faith & Culture
Culture is key in forming hearts and minds. And Catholics well formed in both their profession and their faith certainly can impact culture for the good. We can all agree we need more of that today. One writer who is always keen on highlighting the intersection of faith and Culture is the National Catholic Register’s UK correspondent K.V. Turley and he has just released his first novel. He joins us here on Register Radio. And then, we talk with Joan Desmond about the so called woke revolution taking place even in some Catholics schools, in modern medicine, and again in culture.
A Skateboarding Priest at Eucharistic Congress 2021
Pope Francis will travel to Budapest Hungary this weekend for the closing of the International Eucharistic Congress. The Register and EWTN has been covering the Congress live and Franciscan Missionary of the Word Father John Paul Mary joins me Budapest. Then we turn to Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse from the Ruth Institute about a troubling, LGBTQ+ agenda driven back-to-school video issued by the Biden Administration.
The Situation in Afghanistan
As the Taliban gained power throughout Afghanistan in the last several weeks concerns have been raised across the globe over the humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis is among the religious leaders, who have spoken up for the Afghani people, seeking to defend human rights and religious freedom under the country’s new Taliban rule. Register contributor Andrea Picciotti Bayer has written about the tragedy in Afghanistan at NCRegister.com and she, as well as Just war expert and former naval officer Msgr. Stuart Swetland, who has been a source for Register reports on the situation in Afghanistan, joins us today here on Register Radio.
Doctor Joseph Meaney
Amid a wave of new COVID-19 vaccine mandates being rolled out by businesses and institutions, Catholics who morally object to the vaccines are finding themselves at odds with those who think the ethical obligation to protect public health should trump conscious rights. On Register Radio, Joseph Meaney of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, offers guidance for Catholics to wade through the issues in play and make properly informed decisions for their own health and the good of society.
EWTN at 40 Years with Michael Warsaw
40 Years ago this week, Mother Angelica took a leap of faith and started the Eternal Word Television Network. Today, EWTN is the world’s largest religious media organization, with content in multiple languages on multiple platforms including television, radio, the internet, books and even a newspaper. To celebrate this 40th anniversary we are joined here on Register Radio by Michael Warsaw, EWTN’s CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Following the Footsteps of St. Dominic-/ Converse Satan Shoes
This week Dominicans are honoring the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic in Italy, and the arrival in 1221 of the Dominican Order in Great Britain. To mark the occasion, four British Dominican friars are following the footsteps of their predecessors on a walking pilgrimage in England. Here on Register Radio we’ll accompany Father Toby Lees and Brother Bede Mullens for part of their journey. Also this week, Catholics are ditching their Converse Shoes over the company’s embrace of Satanic Symbols, Register writer Virginia Aabram has the story.
New editor-in-chief of CNA - Shannon Mullen
A new era has begun at the Catholic News Agency even as the news cycle continues to bring challenging stories both inside the Church and around the world. This week on Register Radio, we get to know Shannon Mullen, the new editor-in-chief of the Catholic News Agency. And then, we are joined by the Register’s Washington Correspondent Lauretta Brown to catch up on the latest pro-life news from the nation’s capital.
Msgr Charles Pope and Limiting the Latin Mass
Historically changes to worship have always cause intense reaction. Reaction to Pope Francis’ decree Traditionis Custodes limiting the use of the traditional Latin mass is no different. Msgr Charles Pope helps us sift through the concern and frustrations many Catholics have we expressed. Then in an editor’s corner Matthew Bunson executive editor for EWTN News and Jeanette De Melo discuss a the Napa Institute conference and a round up of Catholic news .
Art History in America and the Current Sexual Revolution
Art, music, literature -- in a word beauty -- has in the life and history of Catholicism been a great evangelizing force. For a lesson in this we often turn to the lasting masterpieces and legacy of Christendom in Europe. But what about on our own shores: Is there an imprint on the U.S. from American painters, poets, and the like who were Catholic? On Register Radio, we explore American artists and Catholicism in the US with Robert Royal, founder and Editor in Chief of the Catholic Thing. Then we look at the ways the sexual revolution has impacted the professions, particularly education, psychology and medicine with Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute.