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 - 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.
Church Alive - 09/13/2019 - Papal Africa Trip Review
National Catholic Register Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin, who traveled with Pope Francis to Africa, retraces the pope’s steps through Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri urges Catholics to follow the ancient tradition of having Masses said for loved ones who have died.
Church Alive - 09/06/2019 - Papal Trip to Africa 2019
Hannah Brockhaus, Senior Vatican Correspondent for EWTN’S Catholic News Agency discusses this week’s papal trip to Africa and the naming of 13 new cardinals from all corners of the world. Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the cost of discipleship as it relates to this Sunday’s Gospel.
Church Alive - 08/30/2019 - Aquinas 101
The Catholic News Agency’s Christine Rouselle discusses the controversy in the Archdiocese of Seattle where a terminally ill man was given a public blessing after Mass before taking his own life. Dominican Fr. Gregory Pine explores The Thomistic Institute’s new video offering “Aquinas 101.”
Church Alive - 08/23/2019 - Ramifications of Abuse Scandal
Dr. Chad Pecknold, a professor of theology at The Catholic University of America, discusses the clergy sex abuse scandal and its ramifications for The Church. He delves into an Australian court’s decision to uphold its conviction of Cardinal George Pell and offers commentary on this coming week’s memorials of St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica.
Church Alive - 08/16/2019 - ProLife Legal Challenges
Kate Scanlon, EWTN Pro Life Weekly Producer, discusses legal challenges that are keeping state-level prolife legislation on hold. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri warns against adding anything to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that may detract from its primary purpose of preparing the faithful to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.
Church Alive - 08/09/2019 - Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson discusses The Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention theme of unity in these divisive times. Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori addresses political rhetoric and Catholic solutions to problems in his city. John Castillo reflects on the heroism of his late son Kendrick who gave his life to save the lives of fellow students.
Church Alive - 08/02/2019 - democratic debates-A Pro-life analysis
Pro-life analysis of this week’s democratic debates in Detroit is provided by Catherine Hadro, host of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. The team discusses this week’s Feast of The Transfiguration and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the importance of getting right with family members whom we’ve done wrong.
Church Alive - 07/26/2019 - Help for refugee families
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas discusses his border Diocese’s efforts to help refugee families in the midst of a fierce political battle over immigration and asylum reform. Christine Rouselle of the Catholic News Agency profiles the new bishop appointed to lead Catholics in West Virginia’s only diocese and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri guides us toward persistence in prayer.
Church Alive - 07/19/2019 - Crystal Cathedral - Moon Landing
Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, talks about the dramatic transformation of the Southern California iconic Crystal Cathedral into a truly Catholic house of worship. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri discusses the power of blessings and holy water and the team remembers the historic moon landing 50 years ago.
Church Alive - 07/13/2019 - Legislation as the Seal of Confession
Dominican Fr. Pius Pietrzyk Canon Lawyer, Civil Lawyer and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA discusses proposed California legislation attempting to force priests to break the seal of Confession and why it’s been shelved. We also focus on the devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Simon Stock and Franciscan Bishop Saint Bonaventure.
Church Alive - 07/05/2019 - Who Are The Nones?
The Catholic News Agency’s Matt Hadro joins The Church Alive team to discuss evangelization efforts directed toward “Nones,” people who claim no religious affiliation. Fr. Thomas Petri explores the devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus during the month of July and we remember St. Benedict of Nursia, revered as the founder of western monasticism.