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 - 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.
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.