EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY

Anchored by Tracy Sabol, EWTN News Nightly is our daily news and analysis program presenting breaking Catholic News worldwide, top stories, and daily reports from the White House, Capitol Hill, and Rome. Weekdays at 6 & 9 PM EST.
2021-10-20 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Wednesday, October 20, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: President Joe Biden flew to Pennsylvania to keep pushing his massive spending proposals. One thing several lawmakers want desperately is paid family leave. They want 12 weeks, but the president is reportedly offering just 4 weeks. Meanwhile, 3 more House Democrats have announced their retirements this week. Republicans hope this means they can regain control. And a federal grand jury has indicted Catholic Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry on charges he lied to federal investigators about illegal campaign donations from a foreign source. Editor in Chief of Catholic News Agency, Shannon Mullen, shares more on this. The trucking industry is now short a record high 80,000 drivers according to the head of the American Trucking Associations. The lack of drivers is a big factor in the supply chain crunch facing the country. Associate Professor of International Business and Strategic Management at the Catholic University of America, Dr. Anthony Cannizzaro, joins to tell us why both businesses and policymakers still appear to be scrambling over solving the supply chain issues. Finally this evening, the Vatican has released an update to the Pope Francis prayer application, Click to Pray. Project Manager for Click to Pray, Juan Ignacio Castellaro, joins to tell us what is new with the app and why they released it now. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-19 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Tuesday, October 19, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: The University of Pittsburgh is under fire from congressional Republicans, charging that tissue may have been illegally obtained from aborted babies. They want the Justice Department to investigate the charges. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden scheduled no public appearances, but did meet privately with Democratic lawmakers at the White House. He continues to try to salvage his massive and controversial multi-trillion dollar spending proposals. And Southwest Airlines has dropped a plan to force unvaccinated employees that have not yet received a religious or medical exemptions to go on unpaid leave. Senior Editor of the Federalist, Christopher Bedford, shares why the sudden shift in plans and what this means for the federal mandate. On Monday, religious freedom advocates joined together in Washington DC to discuss growing concerns about the Chinese Communist Party's human rights record. Professor of Law at the Catholic University and former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Robert Destro, joins to tell us more about how the Chinese government is finding new ways to restrict religion and how major corporations are complicit. Finally this evening, Pope Francis has begun his scheduled meetings with Catholic bishops from Poland. Spokesman for the Polish Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr. Leszek Gesiak, joins to tell us how the meetings with the Pope are going. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-18 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Monday, October 18, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: At the White House, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden remembered General Colin Powell after the one-time Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff passed away. Meanwhile, the US House and Senate are back this week trying to make progress on the stalled infrastructure packages. And a Real Clear Politics polling average found roughly 52% of Americans disapprove of the president's job performance. President and Co-Founder of Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan, joins to share what he thinks is driving down President Biden's popularity and how his numbers compare to his predecessors. The Chinese military has denounced the US and Canada for sending ships through the Straight of Taiwan, calling it a provocation as tensions build in the South China Seas. Former Spokesperson for the National Security Council under President Donald Trump, John Ullyot, joins to share what these developments mean for the stability in the region and global security as a whole. Finally this evening, the United Kingdom has a new Ambassador to the Holy See. Early last month, Christopher John Trott presented his credentials to the Holy Father. Ambassador Trott joins to tell us how his first few weeks in the job have gone and what it was like meeting Pope Francis. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-15 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Friday, October 15, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: President Biden flew to Connecticut on Friday to persuade Americans in favor of his plan, "Build Back Better." White House Correspondent Owen Jensen reports. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration announced that it will ask the Supreme Court to halt a new Texas law that restricts abortion. Zack Smith, a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, joins to discuss how justices could respond. Looking abroad, the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, a global movement, brings together political and faith leaders from around the world. Albert Veksler, the director of the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, joins to discuss the history of the event and who is involved with it. Bishop Ginés Ramón García Beltrán of the diocese of Getafe will hold Mass and adoration at a basilica near Madrid. José Carlos González-Hurtado, president of EWTN España, joins to discuss what inspired EWTN España to hold the prayer vigil. And Correspondent Mark Irons reports on the story of Will Peterson, who traveled to Rome eight years ago. Peterson, the founder of Modern Catholic Pilgrim, says that there are places worthy of visiting here in the U.S. His group hopes to deepen faith and build community. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-14 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Thursday, October 14, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: President Joe Biden is heading to Europe later this month for the G20 Summit and UN Climate Summit (COP26). While there, the president and first lady will sit down with Pope Francis. Meanwhile, a surge in migration at the US-Mexico border is causing major issues for federal authorities and local officials. Custom and Border Patrol agents say they do not have enough resources to keep up. Republican lawmakers are pointing fingers directly at the Biden administration. Senior Fellow at the National Security Institute and Principal of BGR Group, Lester Munson joins to share what national security concerns there are regarding the current situation at the border. Two embassies to the Vatican held a meeting this morning on how to fight human trafficking. President of the Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation, Sr. Imelda Poole, joins to tell us more about this meeting. Finally this evening, tomorrow we celebrate the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish nun and mystic. President of the Avila Institute, Dan Burke, joins to tell us a little more about the saint and her life. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-13 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Wednesday, October 13, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: President Joe Biden delivered a speech at the White House where he announced an agreement aimed at relieving the clogged supply chain in the midst of the pandemic. Meanwhile, infighting between progressive and moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill has continued. The hard feelings extend to foreign policy, such as funding for the defense of Israel, and its Missile Defense System known as the Iron Dome. Editor of the Federalist, Christopher Bedford, joins to share what he thinks is going on with all the fighting between the Democrats and how this is impacting the Biden administration's ability to implement its agenda. Pope Francis has recognized a miracle obtained through the intercession of Pope John Paul I who will now be declared Blessed. Reports suggest his beatification may take place before Easter. EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief, Andreas Thonhauser, joins to share more about this beatification. Finally this evening, launching tomorrow is a new video series sharing St. Ignatius of Loyola's rules of spiritual discernment, as rules for life at any age. Director of Content for Set Us Ablaze which produced the series, Kristen Fisher, joins to tell us how she hopes the series will help teens and young adults grow spiritually. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-12 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Tuesday, October 12, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: Weeks after the last US troops flew out of Afghanistan and the chaotic US airlift of more than 100,000 people from Kabul, the war torn nation now faces an urgent need of humanitarian aid to feed the hungry. The White House released a statement addressing the issues in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, after Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI to investigate threats to teachers and school board members, many parents across the country believe they are being unfairly targeted for speaking up and defending their right to be involved in their children's education. Senior Counsel and VP for Legal Strategy at Alliance Defending Freedom, Ryan Bangert, joins to share his thoughts on this directive. Pope Francis sent an encouraging message to Catholics in Russia. Rome Correspondent, Colm Flynn, shares what the Pope said to mark a special anniversary for Russian Catholics. And, the International Monetary Fund has downgraded its growth estimate for the US economy. Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Joel Griffith, joins to tell us what this means exactly and how significant it is. Finally this evening, the American Principles Project says its 8 year old organizational channel on the social media site YouTube has been permanently suspended. Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the APP, Jon Schweppe, joins to share whether they have heard anything about why. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-11 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Monday, October 11, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Rome over the weekend for a climate conference, but it's her meeting with Pope Francis that's generating a lot of talk. Washington Editor of the Spectator, Amber Athey, shares her thoughts on Pelosi's trip to Europe. Meanwhile, the Pro-Life Susan B. Anthony List is critical of President Joe Biden’s nominee for US Ambassador to the Holy See, saying Joe Donelly fails to stand up for the unborn and for pro-lifers. And a widely shared Project Veritas video appears to show internal company emails showing Pfizer's hesitancy to share information about the role of fetal cell lines in COVID vaccine development. President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Joseph Meaney, joins to share what we know about this. The Magis Foundation took part in the Youth for Climate event, an online initiative that involved young people from around the world. Stefano Liberti, from the advocacy group of the Magis Foundation, joins to tell us more about the Youth for Climate project. Finally this evening, scholars gathered this weekend at the Museum of the Bible to discuss the Shroud of Turin. Starting next year the museum will hold an exhibit called "Mystery and Faith: the Shroud of Turin." Professor of History at Lousiana State University at Shreveport, Cheryl White, joins to share why the Museum of the Bible is studying the Shroud of Turin. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-08 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Friday, October 8, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, admonishing President Biden for his stance on abortion said, “He [Biden] likes to call himself a devout Catholic. I would urge him to begin to act like one, especially on the life issues.” Meanwhile, the US Senate raised the debt ceiling by $480 billion with the help of 11 Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a speech where he chastised Republicans for almost causing an economic collapse. And Moderna is planning to build a factory in Africa and use it to produce coronavirus vaccines as only 3% of Africans are vaccinated. Former US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, who works to bring coronavirus relief to underprivileged countries, tells us what prompted him to want to help. The Synod of Bishops begins in 2023 in Rome, but the preparations start on Sunday. Pope Francis will begin the 3 year synodal journey with reflection and prayer followed by a Holy Mass. Member of the Commission for Methodology at the Synod of Bishops, Susan Pascoe, joins to tell us more about the start of this synodal process and this weekend's events. Finally this evening, the 5th Annual National Rosary Rally will be held at the US Capitol this weekend. Fr. Richard Heilman of the Diocese of Madison is one of the people that will speak at the rally. He joins to tell us more about the rally and its importance. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-07 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Thursday, October 7, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: A federal judge has suspended the pro-life Texas Heartbeat Law that bans abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected. Host and Managing Editor of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, Catherine Hadro, joins to share her reaction and what this ruling means for the Texas law. Pro-life groups announced they “are confident that the Texas Heartbeat Act will ultimately withstand this legal challenge.” The White House says the law violates women’s rights to “safe and legal abortion.” As the Senate continues to work on the debt ceiling, Congressional Republicans want action on stopping the flow of illegal migrants surging into the country. Republicans say President Biden and the vice president are ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border. And, there are new developments in the trial at the Vatican of Cardinal Angelo Becciu and others accused of mismanagement of funds. The defense acknowledged weakness in its case and said it will do more investigating. The trial will resume on November 17th. Vatican Analyst for EWTN News, Andrea Gagliarducci, brings us up to speed on the trial. Finally this evening, a few weeks ago we had pro-life filmmaker and President of the Vulnerable People Project, Jason Jones, on the show to talk about the work his organization is doing for Afghanistan. The interview helped him get in contact with an American citizen seeking to get out of the country. Jones tells us more on that. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-06 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Wednesday, October 6, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: Even though President Joe Biden is against the decades-old Hyde Amendment, he told a reporter he would sign his priority spending bill, Build Back Better, even if it included the pro-life amendment. At the Capitol, Senators held a vote to raise the debt ceiling. All Democrats voted to raise it and all Republicans opposed it. Senate Democrats are looking for a new way to raise the debt limit without Republican support. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has expressed shame at the scale of child sexual abuse within the Church in France. European Correspondent for the National Catholic Register, Solene Tadie, joins to talk about the report and who commissioned the probe in the first place. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, has denied claims by a former employee that the social media giant puts profits before people. Senior Policy Director at the Conservative Partnership Institute and Senior Tech Columnist for the Federalist, Rachel Bovard, shares her takeaways from the testimony of the former employee and whether facts support Mark Zuckerburg's claims. Finally this evening, a group that defends religious freedom around the world is raising the alarm over the situation for Christians and Shi'a in Nigeria. Chair of USCIRF, Nadine Maenza, joins to talk more about the situation for believers in Nigeria, after a number of religiously motivated atrocities were committed in the span of just a few days. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-05 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Tuesday, October 5, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: The Biden administration continues pushing for expanded abortion access. The latest example kicks in November 8th, when Title X clinics that serve mainly low income women will be allowed to refer pregnant women for abortions. Meanwhile, a company whistleblower is accusing Facebook and its other platforms of putting profits above child safety. And Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen warned in an essay, that the world could face catastrophic consequences if the region should fall to Chinese control. China has sent a record number of fighter jets into Taiwan's airspace in an apparent act of aggression to assert control over the island nation. Author Gordon Chang joins to talk about how he thinks the situation could escalate and how the Biden administration and the international community should respond. A Synodal Way session of the Catholic Church in Germany came to an abrupt end on Saturday following votes in favor of a text endorsing same-sex blessings and a discussion of whether the priesthood is necessary. The assembly has been extended to 2023. Rudolf Gehrig, Chief Correspondent for CNA Deutsch, catches us up to speed on what the Synodal Way is and what this latest delay means. Finally this evening, the Vatican has signed an agreement to work with a research university in Rome. Professor at Sapienza University, Alessandra Talamo, joins to tell us more about this agreement. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-04 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Monday, October 4, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: The Supreme Court is back to the bench, and this term the justices will consider major cases on issues including abortion, gun rights and religious freedom. Co-founder of SCOTUS Blog, Amy Howe, joins to talk about the cases on the docket. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden went before the cameras to urge lawmakers to raise the debt limit. He warned that even before the default date arrives later this month, Americans could see retirement accounts take a hit, face higher mortgage rates and car payments. And the fighting continues among Democrats over the size and scope of the 2 infrastructure bills in Congress. Progressives and moderates are at odds over the final amount in the larger multi-trillion dollar Human Infrastructure Bill and that's caused a stalemate on the smaller road and bridges infrastructure package. The Vatican is preparing for the World Meeting of Families in the summer of 2022, amid the continuing pandemic. Preparations have been ongoing for more than 3 years. Senior Rome Correspondent of Catholic News Agency, Hannah Brockhaus, joins to tell us more about the World Meeting of Families. Finally this evening, the world celebrates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order known for his love of nature and animals. Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, President of the Franciscan University of Steubenville joins to tell us more about the beloved saint. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-10-01 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Friday, October 1, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: Disagreements within the Democratic party caused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to not bring the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor Thursday night, but she claims the vote will happen tonight. President Joe Biden's “Build Back Better" proposal is now in uncertain territory, though not dead. President Biden took a brief ride to Capitol Hill to meet with the House Democratic Caucus and try to keep it afloat. Meanwhile, the results of the Arizona 2020 election audit show President Biden won, but the investigation may not be over. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the report "raises some serious questions regarding the 2020 election." Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative, Ken Cuccinelli, discusses Attorney General Brnovich's concerns about the report on the audit. And, a new book based on Fratelli Tutti by Pope Francis says the Church's social teaching is deeply rooted in God's love for humanity. One of the authors of the book, Cardinal Michael Czerny, joins to share how the idea for this book came about. Finally this evening, today is the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the young Carmelite nun whose little way to show love for God and neighbor has inspired millions. Rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan, Fr. Joe Horn, joins to tell us more about the life and legacy of this doctor of the Church. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn
2021-09-30 22:00:00 UTC
EWTN News Nightly | Thursday, September 30, 2021
On "EWTN News Nightly" tonight: President Joe Biden’s society-altering Build Back Better proposal, with its eye-popping $3.5 trillion price tag, appears to be stalled. The other one trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure framework is also an uncertainty. While Congress deals with pressing economic issues, the topic of abortion is also sharing center stage on Capitol Hill. 3 Democratic lawmakers shared their abortion experiences before a House panel, but pro-life lawmakers also spoke up to defend the unborn. Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, called Speaker Nancy Pelosi's theology on free will and abortion, faulty. He wrote in the National Catholic Register, "Of course, God has given us free will but explicitly not to be used in this way..." Dr. Kengor talks more about that. And, Americans are split about proposed federal workplace mandates for COVID-19 vaccines and testing. An Associated Press-NORC poll indicates an overall 51% approval. President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Joseph Meaney, joins to share his thoughts on forcing people to get the vaccine. Finally this evening, the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ gathered in Rome last week for an international meeting on "the wisdom of the cross in a pluralistic world." The Superior General of the Passionist Order, Fr. Joachim Rego, joins to tell us about the International Theological Congress. Don't miss out on the latest news and analysis from a Catholic perspective. Get EWTN News Nightly delivered to your email: https://ewtn.com/enn