Church Alive

EWTN's Brian Patrick joins Dr. Matthew Bunson of the National Catholic Register and Fr. Thomas Petri each weekend! They look back on the week just past and the week ahead, in the Church and the world.
Church Alive - 01/18/2020 - Pro-life Progress in 2019
What does it mean to say Jesus is The Lamb of God? Fr. Thomas Petri clarifies this often misunderstood reference to Christ. Prudence Robertson with The Susan B. Anthony List reviews pro-life progress over the past year and looks ahead to key objectives for the pro-life movement in 2020.
Church Alive - 01/04/2020 - Difference between Christmas & Epiphany
Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the difference between Christmas and Epiphany. Dr. Matthew Bunson talks about great saints celebrated this coming week who battled heresies in the early church. The Catholic News Agency’s Ed Condon reviews big stories from 2019 that are sure to spill over into the new year.
Church Alive - 12/27/2019 - The Best of Church Alive 2019
The Best of the Church Alive focuses on the celebration of the Octave of Christmas, Sunday’s Feast of The Holy Family and the January 1st Solemnity of Mary, The Mother of God. The Catholic News Agency’s Ed Condon sorts out financial turmoil within The Holy See and Dr. Miguel Romero discusses efforts to help Catholics with disabilities participate fully in the sacraments.
Church Alive - 12/13/2019 - New Poll from EWTN News
Just ahead of The Nativity of Our Lord, Fr. Thomas Petri reflects on Mary’s freedom to accept God’s call to bear His Son. Christoph Wimmer, Editor in Chief of CNA Deutsch dissects the troubling synodal path initiated by German bishops and the possible implications for the universal church.
Church Alive - 12/07/2019 - Postponement of a Beatification
The Catholic News Agency’s Ed Condon delves into the surprise postponement of the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Fr. Thomas Petri continues his Advent series on the Blessed Mother.
Church Alive - 11/30/2019 - Sister Theresa Altheia Noble
As the new liturgical year begins, we focus on the season of Advent, waiting in joyful anticipation for the coming of The Lord as the baby born in Bethlehem and at His second coming. Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, Daughters of St. Paul, shares her journey from atheism to the religious life and discusses the devotional, Memento Mori: Prayers on the Last Things.
Church Alive - 11/22/2019 - Financial news from the Vatican
Ed Condon, the Catholic News Agency’s Washington DC Editor, sorts through the confusing financial news from the Vatican this past week. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Fr. Thomas Petri reminds us to focus on thanking God even before we pray prayers of petition.
Church Alive - 11/15/2019 - The Alberione Project
The National Catholic Register’s Lauretta Brown has highlights of this week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Fr. Cassidy Stinson and Deacon Anthony Ferguson of the Diocese of Richmond discuss the Alberione Project, training seminarians to preach the Gospel through effective use of media.
Church Alive - 11/08/2019 - Lord of the Living
The Catholic News Agency’s Matt Hadro previews the fall meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore next week. In his spiritual direction, Fr. Petri reminds us that God is “Lord of the Living,” that the great “I Am” is present to us in this present time!
Church Alive - 11/02/2019 - Catholics with disabilities
Canon lawyer Ed Condon breaks down the document produced by the October Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region. Moral Theology Professor Miguel Romero discusses efforts to ensure Catholics with disabilities can fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church.
Church Alive - 10/18/2019 - Badgering God
From Rome, Matthew Bunson and Fr. Raymond de Souza discuss the Synod for the Amazon, including the debate over proposals to ordain married men to the priesthood and evangelizing indigenous peoples. Fr. Thomas Petri offers spiritual direction on “badgering God,” the importance of persistent intercessory prayer.
Church Alive - 10/11/2019 - St. John Henry Newman
The Church Alive originates from Rome this week ahead of the canonizations of Blessed John Henry Newman and four holy women. Fr. Hermann Geissler, director of the John Henry Newman Institute, discusses this great English saint with Matthew Bunson. Charles Cole, Director of the London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir talks with Brian Patrick about the great opportunity and honor of singing at the canonization Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.
Church Alive - 10/05/2019 - Synod on the Amazon Region
Susie Pinto, Executive Producer for EWTN News, previews next week’s Synod on the Amazon Region from Rome. Fr. Thomas Petri is also at the Vatican this week. He reflects on the powerful images in St. Peter’s Basilica that remind us that the Church is much bigger than us and all the challenges she faces.
Church Alive - 09/28/2019 - Dan Burke-Global News from EWTN
Dan Burke, President of EWTN News discusses the global news resources of the world’s largest religious media network. He also talks about faithful Catholic spiritual direction and assisting seminarians on their path to the priesthood.
Church Alive - 09/20/2019 - Germany on Synodal Path?
German bishops clash with The Vatican over their plans for a “Synodal Path” to address hot button issues. Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency Washington, DC Editor, delves into the conflict and its implications for the Universal Church. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the relationship between prudence and “reckless abandon” in our faith lives.