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EWTN pro-life programming

Can’t attend the March for Life 2018?  You can still experience it from afar by watching events broadcast on EWTN.  For those who don’t get this channel on cable, you can access a live stream online, at the end of this article.
Below is a list of some of the programs EWTN will be offering in the coming days related to the March for Life:
MARCH FOR LIFE – OPENING MASS of the national prayer vigil
Live Coverage of the Opening Prayer Vigil for the Annual March for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Thursday, 01/18 @ 5:30 PM ET
Live Coverage of the Closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Friday, 01/19 @ 7:30 AM ET
Live and complete coverage of the most important pro-life event of the year: the annual March For Life in Washington DC.
Friday, 01/19 @ 9:00 AM ET
Coverage of this event from downtown Los Angeles, which is a celebration of life in all stages, from conception to natural death.
Saturday, 01/20 @ 6:00 PM ET
Coverage of the Requiem Mass for the unborn at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Saturday, 01/20 @ 8:00 PM ET
Saturday, 01/27 @ 2:30 PM ET
Live coverage of San Francisco's largest pro-life event, including speeches, and special interviews with dynamic pro-life leaders and walk participants.
Every week, Catherine Szeltner and a team of pro-life experts shine the light of truth on abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the culture of death.
Airs every Thursday @ 10:00 PM ET, Sundays @ 10:00 AM ET and Mondays @ 3:00 AM ET. 
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EWTN coverage of the centennial anniversary of Fatima

(EWTN) – As part of EWTN’s coverage of the centennial anniversary of Fatima, the Network will broadcast two special events on Friday, Oct. 13.
At 10 a.m. EWTN will broadcast the 15th annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This annual event spiritually unites the children of the world before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The children will make reparation to console Jesus and pray for their families, their countries and the world.
Father Chris Alar, director of the Association of Marian Helpers of the Immaculate Conception, will preside at the Holy Hour. For more information, go to childrenoftheeucharist.org.
That evening, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl will lead a historic candlelight rosary procession and a prayer of entrustment for individuals and families to Our Lady of Fatima’s Immaculate Heart. EWTN will broadcast the event live from the basilica at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
“Gather your families, wherever you are on the evening of Oct. 13, if possible, tune in to EWTN, light a candle, pray the rosary and the prayer of entrustment, spiritually uniting with Cardinal Wuerl,” said Connie Schneider, director of the two events. “We hope Catholics worldwide will join in from their dioceses, parishes, homes, nursing homes…everywhere!”
A Family Entrustment Pamphlet is available at childrenoftheeucharist.org/product/beautiful-8-page-booklet-includes-consecration-family-youth-children  to help families follow along with the prayers during this special event.
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'Miracle of the Sun'

(EWTN) – Friday, Oct. 13, marks the 100th anniversary of the capstone of the Fatima apparitions: the Miracle of the Sun, where the sun appeared to hurtle towards the earth. Even the secular newspapers of the time reported on the phenomenon – although they never would have credited it to Our Lady of Fatima.
Hear Our Lady’s words and watch a recreation of this miracle in the seventh episode of the EWTN series “The Message of Fatima.” It airs at 8:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13, and 10 a.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 14.
Another way to celebrate the anniversary is to tune in to EWTN’s many Fatima specials. For a complete listing of dozens of Fatima-related movies, documentaries, and news shows, please go to ewtn.com/fatima/programming.asp. Some of these programs will be streamed live on Facebook, facebook.com/ewtnonline, so be sure to “like” our page to watch.
Among the devotional highlights will be:
Our Lady of Fatima: International Rosary and Candlelight Procession: Live from Fatima, Portugal. Airs 4:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 12.
Holy Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima: From the Shrine in Portugal. Airs 5 a.m. ET and noon ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Worldwide Children’s Holy Hour, Candlelight Procession, and Consecration of the United States of America: Live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Airs 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Among the special movies, documentaries and news shows will be:
Vaticano: Examine the event that shaped history; explore the city of Fatima, relive the canonization of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and much more. Airs 11 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 12.
Fatima and the Popes: An historical look at the connection between the Fatima apparitions and the Popes. Airs 10:30 a.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Fatima - A Message of Hope: A documentary examining the prophetic revelations and the great miracle of Fatima, with insights from leading experts and family members of the three shepherd children. Airs 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Queen of Heaven: The Consecration – My Immaculate Heart will Triumph: A look at how Our Lady of Fatima's prophecies about World War II and the rise of the Soviet Union came to pass. Airs 6:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.
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EWTN comes to Mary’s House replica

It was Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption, and Mary Fraser Tarinelli had many details to attend to before the afternoon’s events that included Mass, a guest speaker and music followed by a pot luck supper. 

Director of Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer in Jamaica, privately owned and operated by Tarinelli, one of the first things she did when she arrived at the replica of Mary’s House in Ephesus, Turkey, on the Vermont property was sit for an interview with an Eternal Word Television Network producer.

Michael O’Neill, producer of a series on miracles and saints, sat under a tree facing Tarinelli, behind her the stone replica of the last house the Blessed Mother is believed to have lived in before her assumption into Heaven. 

“The idea is to tell stories of saints and those on their way to sainthood,” O’Neill said of the series.

He and a crew of about a dozen — mostly from New York and Chicago — were in Vermont to film a segment about French Daughter of Charity Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey who lived from 1837 to 1915. She was the foundress of the House of Mary — in Turkish, Meryem Ana Evi — located in Ephesus. As a religious, she cared for orphans in France, then in 1896, she volunteered to serve in the French naval hospital in Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey. 

She had read and been moved by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s account of the life of Mary and St. John and, while in Turkey, got two skeptical Vincentian priests to search for the home based on Blessed Emmerich’s visions of the home. When it was miraculously found, Sister de Mandat-Grancey used her family’s resources to purchase and restore the property. 

The archbishop of Smyrna declared the ruins the remains of a house inhabited by the Blessed Mother. 

The sister promoted and cared for Meryem Ana Evi, a shrine for Christians and Muslims who venerate Mary as the mother of Jesus.

The EWTN crew could not go to Turkey to film about Sister de Mandat-Grancey, so they came to Vermont Aug. 14-15 to film at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, located on the site of what had once been a horse farm operated by Tarinelli and her late husband, Don.

The half-hour segment is expected to air on EWTN sometime in the fall.

“This is a story of a far-off place, but we get to visit it in a special way by coming to Vermont,” O’Neill said. “Visually this is so engaging. A lot of stories of saints don’t have fascinating places like this that you can visit.”

Sister de Mandat-Grancey is currently a servant of God; this is the first step toward canonization.

About a dozen local people appear in the EWTN film along with Tarinelli’s donkey and a neighbor’s horse.

One of the “actors” in the film is Father Albert “Skip” Baltz of South Burlington, a retired priest of the Diocese of Burlington and friend of Tarinelli. Wearing a cassock and berretta consistent with the sister’s times and a long fake beard, he portrayed one of two priests that accompanied Sister de Mandat-Grancey to Ephesus. 

The focus of the film is her journey to Mary’s House in Turkey for the first time. 

“Our people don’t have to go to Turkey; they can come right here to see Mary’s House,” he said. “That’s what Sister Marie was all about: Mary’s House.”

Many people make a pilgrimage to significant Marian sites like and Lourdes and Fatima, but they need not go to Turkey to see her house: “It’s all here. It’s all exactly” the way the house is in Ephesus, he said.

“When you sit in the chapel, you’re overwhelmed. Mary lived in a house like this in Ephesus,” Father Baltz said. “But this is in Vermont.”

He has, however, visited Ephesus twice on a pilgrimage in the past half dozen years.

“Now EWTN is exposing this spiritual treasure [in the Diocese of Burlington] to the world,” he said.

Father Baltz celebrated the Assumption Mass at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer in an outdoor tent next to the replica. His homily focused on the question, “Does our ‘yes’ mimic Mary’s ‘yes’?”

“Everything asked of her, her answer was ‘yes,’” he said.

Francis Laurence attended the Assumption celebration from Shrewsbury, Mass. “It is very special to come here and feel a closeness to Our Lady,” he said.

Mary Cormier from Hollis, N.H., has a strong devotion to Our Lady of Ephesus. “She will never come out of my mind or out of my heart,” she said. “She gave me a living experience of her role as mother of the Church and the understanding of who she is in the Church.”

For another attendee, Marianne Marino of Derry, N.H., it is significant to visit the replica of the house where Mary spent her final earthly years “contemplating her life, her ministry and her Son and what He brought to the world.” 

The stone replica was dedicated in 2006; Archbishop Giuseppe G. Bernardini, OFM Cap., archbishop emeritus of Izmir, blessed the replica and the altar inside.

It had been his idea to have the duplicate of Mary’s House built at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, founded by his friends, the Tarinellis, at their Fawn Ledge Farm.

He was bishop of the diocese in Turkey in which Mary’s House is located, and he wanted to spread devotion to Our Lady of Ephesus, to whom Mary Tarinelli has a great devotion. Her mother, the late Elizabeth Fraser, had said the Blessed Mother appeared to her in 1959 while she was attending Mass at the original Mary’s House in Ephesus. Years later, she described Mary to an artist who painted a portrait based on her description. That portrait was displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., where an oratory in her honor was dedicated in 2004.

The replica is an 800-square-foot stone and brick building in the shape of an L with four rooms, one a chapel.

The original house has significance to Christians and Muslims who hold Mary in high regard. Archbishop Bernardini said at the time of the replica’s dedication that at least half of the visitors to Mary’s House in Turkey are Muslim.

“It’s beautiful when Muslims come” to Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer and the replica, nestled among the trees, wooden fences and stone walls along a dirt road, Tarinelli said. “I believe it is Mary who is going to bring her children together.”

She continued, “We are trying to replicate what is going on in Ephesus: Anyone is welcome to come and pray.”

For more information, go to ourladyofephesushouseofprayer.org.

Article written by Cori Fugere Urban, Vermont Catholic content editor.
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