Vatican Insider

Direct from the Eternal City, EWTN’s Joan Lewis speaks with Vatican officials and visitors about events affecting the Church and the world.
2021-10-02 - A SAINTLY JUBILEE IN CHICAGO
Oct 2, 2021
Join me this weekend on Vatican Insider for my conversation with my guest of honor, Fr. Ramil Fajardo, rector of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini National Shrine in Chicago. In Part I of our conversation, we talk about the upcoming Mother Cabrini Jubilee Year and focus on the life of Mother Cabrini, America’s first citizen Saint, and the migrants, especially Italian, whom she helped for so many years. As we also talk about today’s migrants and refugees, Fr. Ramil is joined by Fr. Ryan Brady. Next week we will look at how Chicago will celebrate this Cabrini Jubilee!
2021-09-18 - (Best Of) Jesuit Refugee Service
Sep 18, 2021
On this week’s Vatican Insider, Joan Lewis reviews the latest in Vatican news, then interviews Jesuit Fr. Tom Smolich, the international director of JRS, Jesuit Refugee Service. He has riveting stories about the JRS, explaining its history, where it serves, who the Jesuits and their countless volunteers help and how we should get to know and better understand who refugees actually are. Thanks for listening to the Vatican Insider with Joan Lewis on EWTN Radio!
2021-09-11 - (Best Of) Inquiring minds want to know
Sep 11, 2021
Joan Lewis discusses little know facts about the Vatican in this week's episode of Vatican Insider.
2021-09-03 - (Best of) Samuel Gregg - Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization
Sep 3, 2021
After the latest Vatican news, Barbara's guest in the interview segment is Samuel Gregg, research director at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sam talks about the genius of Western civilization with its unique synthesis of reason and faith, and how that synthesis is under attack from the East by radical Islam (faith without reason) and from within the West itself by aggressive secularism (reason without faith). Sam shares how the naïve and increasingly common assumption that reason and faith are incompatible is simply at odds with the facts of history. You will not want to miss this conversation!
2021-08-28 - Dallas Jenkins Neal Harmon The Chosen Pt 2
Aug 28, 2021
This week, however, once again my guests in the interview segment are from the hugely successful crowd-funded TV mini-series on the life of Christ, The Chosen! Two weeks ago I interviewed Jonathan Roumie who portrays Jesus in this multi-year series. This week, in Part II of my conversation with Dallas Jenkins, writer, producer and director of The Chosen and Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios, we hear more great stories, including where they are filming this exceptional series and how they discovered Jerusalem! Like Jonathan Roumie, both are men of great faith and even greater passion for what they are doing.
2021-08-21 - THE CHOSEN, MEN OF FAITH
Aug 21, 2021
It is with great joy that my guests this week on Vatican Insider are again from the hugely successful crowd-funded TV mini- series on the life of Christ, The Chosen! Last weekend I interviewed Jonathan Roumie who portrays Jesus in this multi-year series. This week, in Part I of our conversation, you will hear from Dallas Jenkins, writer, producer and director of The Chosen and Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios, distributor of this TV miniseries on the life of Jesus.
2021-08-14 - Jonathan Roumie
Aug 14, 2021
My extraordinary guest this week in the interview segment is Jonathan Roumie, the actor who plays Jesus Christ in “THE CHOSEN,” the multi-season TV series about the life of Christ that has broken records to become the highest crowd-funded media project of all time. Jonathan and the producers, writers and directors have been in Rome on a summer hiatus and media trip.
2021-08-06 - Catherine Wiley and Marilyn Henry
Aug 6, 2021
Welcome to a new edition of Vatican Insider this weekend, in particular, welcome to Part II of my conversation with two dear friends, a dynamic duo – Catherine Wiley and Marilyn Henry – as we talk more about the first World day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Catherine founded the Catholic Grandparents Association in the UK and Marilyn Henry coordinates CGA in the US. Grandmothers themselves, they tell us the riveting tale of how CGA came about and how visits to the Vatican and a lot of work over 12 years led to this new World Day! We learn how Catherine and Marilyn found out the Pope had instituted this World Day and what it meant for them to be in Rome for the First World Day on July 25, 2021!
2021-07-24 - SPECIAL EDITION ON PAPAL MOTU TRADITIONIS CUSTODES
Jul 24, 2021
Because of the repercussions heard around the world since the July 16th release by the Vatican of Pope Francis’ Motu proprio TRADITIONIS CUSTODES On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970, I am dedicating the interview segment of Vatican Insider to a Special about this papal document. I will try to examine the whys and wherefores of TRADITIONIS CUSTODES – which is Latin for Guardians of Tradition – and look at its reception.
2021-07-17 - OUTGOING ROME BUREAU CHIEF TELLS HIS STORY
Jul 17, 2021
My guest this week on Vatican Insider is a dear friend and my successor as EWTN’s Rome bureau chief, Alan Holdren. Part I of our conversation, which took place in my office, the very first EWTN Rome headquarters, airs this weekend and you’ll hear Alan tell us how he came to be with EWTN, his Rome years and the highlights of his tenure – papal trips, a conclave, canonizations and the biggest highlight of all, raising a beautiful family.
2021-07-10 - Vatican Insider 071021 - A NEW PRIEST AND HIS CALL TO SERVE (PART II)
Jul 10, 2021
Welcome back to Part II of my conversation with Fr. Ryan Brady, a good friend and newly ordained priest for the archdiocese of Chicago. I was at Holy Name Cathedral for his ordination on that beautiful day, May 15, 2021. Ryan tells us his story – how he felt called to be a priest, the difference that having a vocation call later in life can make a difference, the importance of the family in a vocation, and some of the experiences and ministries that are part and parcel of training for the priesthood.
2021-07-03 - Vatican Insider - 07/03/2021 - Fr Ryan Brady On The Priesthood Pt. 2
Jul 3, 2021
A new priest, Fr. Ryan Brady, and his call to serve(PART II). In addition, Pope Francis receives the Prime Minister of Iraq. #Jesus #Catholicism #Catholicculture
2021-06-26 - Vatican Insider - 06/26/2021 - A NEW PRIEST AND HIS CALL TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Jun 26, 2021
My guest this week is Fr. Ryan Brady, a good friend and newly ordained priest for the archdiocese of Chicago. I was at Holy Name Cathedral for his ordination on that beautiful day, May 15, 2021. Ryan will tell us about his call to be a priest, the difference that having a vocation call later in life can make, the importance of the family in a vocation, and some of the experiences and ministries that are part and parcel of training for the priesthood, such as spending months as a hospital chaplain.
2021-06-19 - Vatican Insider - 06/19/2021 - Fr. Matt Berrios - Pont Oriental Institute
Jun 19, 2021
My guest this week in the interview is Paulist Fr. Matt Berrios. The Paulist Fathers have been in Rome 99 years, administering to the Catholic American community and other English-language Catholic residents or visitors. We now have two Paulist priests at St. Patrick’s – Fathers Steve Petroff, the rector and Joe Ciccone, vice rector – but a third Paulist is here, Fr. Matt. Ordained at the Paulist-run church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York City on May 20, 2017, Fr. Matt served there as associate pastor until July 2020 when he moved to Rome to pursue advanced studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
2021-06-12 - Vatican Insider - 06/12/2021 - Teresa Tomeo
Jun 12, 2021
My special guest this week in the interview segment of Vatican Insider is the indomitable, ever knowledgeable and enthusiastic Teresa Tomeo. I’ve turned the tables on her. I’m her guest on Catholic Connection on EWTN and Ave Maria radio on Wednesdays but now she is in Rome and is my guest for Vatican Insider. For years we’ve wanted to do her show and mine live and together and this week we had the chance to do both. So don’t miss a minute of our fun conversation.
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