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31st Season of Defending Life Premieres March 8 on EWTN

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Date: March 1, 2017

Contact: Leslie Palma

NEW YORK – The 31st season of EWTN’s Defending Life will premiere March 8 with 13 new episodes.

The longest-running, farthest-reaching television show about abortion, Defending Life was created by Priests for Life in 1994 at the direct request of EWTN founder Mother Angelica to Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Returning as co-hosts this season will be Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate at Priests for Life. Father Pavone is the creative director.

Episodes will focus on healing for fathers following the loss of a child to abortion; sibling survivors of abortion; the early days of the pro-life movement and the sacredness of every human life. Viewers will meet Dr. Beverly McMillan, a former abortionist turned pro-life activist; Sister Margaret Mary Christina, who was born at 24 weeks, and Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, among others.

Priests for Life senior advisor Jerry Horn, who has been in the pro-life trenches since 1983, will talk about his experiences through 34 years of activism. Viewers also will get to meet Ann Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who has a claim to the title of “Godmother of the pro-life movement.”

“I’m excited to be able to introduce our audience to a sibling survivor of abortion and to a woman who is Silent No More about her abortion experience,” Mrs. Morana said.

Father Imbarrato said an episode that focuses on the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (MEV), a Priests for Life ministry he oversees, should be especially interesting to lay people.

“Often people ask me how they can get more involved with pro-life, and I always point them to the MEV program,” he said. “It provides a deep immersion into the spirituality of the movement as taught by St. Pope John Paul.”

Father Pavone said the news season of Defending Life will continue its mission of educating and activating pro-lifers, while winning more converts to the cause.

“One episode will focus on all the ways people can get involved in the work of Priests for Life,” he noted. “We always need people willing to help us protect children, and their mothers and fathers, from the horror of abortion.”

Defending Life airs Wednesdays at 3 a.m. ET and Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET, and also can be streamed online at by clicking on the “television” tab. Find out more on www.DefendingLife.TV.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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Priests for Life’s Father Imbarrato celebrates pre-Election Day Masses at EWTN

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


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Contact: Leslie Palma

NEW YORK – In these crucial last days leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8, EWTN has invited Priests for Life full-time Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato to celebrate its televised morning Mass. The mass is broadcast worldwide on television, radio and internet (, in English and Spanish. In the United States alone, the television broadcast reaches some 95 million homes.

Father Imbarrato’s full schedule for these Masses is as follows:

Monday, October 24; Tuesday, October 25; Wednesday, October 26; Thursday, October 27; Monday, October 31; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; Sunday, November 6; Monday, November 7; and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

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Mother Angelica, Dies at 92

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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A bright light has left us by the passing of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday. Mother Angelica founded the internationally-broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Mother Angelica, in her younger years, was a frequent visitor and guest on Jim and Tammy Bakker’s PTL show. As a charismatic Catholic, Mother Angelica, a woman of great faith, shared her faith with millions of people, both Catholics and non-Catholics.

My mother Mrs. Naomi King, widow of my Father Rev. AD King, and I were blessed to visit the EWTN studio in Hanceville, AL where we gave our pro-life testimony on Priests for Life’s show Defending Life with Fr. Frank Pavone and Janet Morana.

Mother Angelica was a great friend of Priests for Life and will be greatly missed.

May she eternally rest in peace.

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Renewed Priests for Life Pro-Life Training Announced

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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Date: September 9, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma

Presentations include Archdiocese of Chicago, EWTN, and the Vatican

This week and next, Priests for Life is announcing new efforts in the pro-life education of the clergy and laity. Building on the work of the last two decades, Priests for Life will present renewed initiatives to train people how to live out their commitment to protecting human life. “The pro-life effort is not simply a cause, a movement, or a political position,” explained Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “All that has its place. But pro-life is, at its core, a spirituality. The Gospels and the teachings of the Church not only teach us why we are pro-life; they teach us how to live it. There are specific virtues we need, and these virtues shape pro-life activity and strategy.”

Priests for Life just produced new programs for EWTN which reflect this spirituality, and this week Fr. Frank will present it, at the invitation of the Vatican, to a conference of jurists sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Then, at the end of the week, Fr. Frank will again present this approach in Chicago.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office, with the blessing of His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., has invited Fr. Frank to lead a special leadership retreat for Parish Respect Life Coordinators to help them spiritually and mentally prepare for Respect Life Month and another great year of pro-life parish ministry.

“Several years ago, I went to a pro-life retreat that was led by Fr. Frank, and since then, I have wanted to provide this type of experience to all of our Parish Respect Life Coordinators” said Margie Breen, Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“I first came to know of Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life from Father’s appearances on several different EWTN shows. First, it was Father asking people to view the horrible abortion pictures on his Priests for Life website that got me involved in the pro-life movement. Second, I credit Father for my full time pro-life ministry. It was during one of his EWTN homilies that he asked people to leave their current full time work and find ways to work full time in the pro-life movement. I stepped out in faith, and God opened the doors to my current ministry as Respect Life Office Director. The road hasn’t been easy, but it never is when you are working to fight one of the worst injustices of our time. I am grateful to Father Frank and Priests for Life for their important ministry!,” Margie concluded.

Fr. Frank explained, “This retreat will be designed to impart the pro-life spirituality on which we have trained activists around the world for years. It is a spirituality based on the teaching, life and example of three pro-life icons whom I was privileged to know personally and who shaped profoundly my own vocation to pro-life activism: Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Cardinal John O’Connor, who ordained me to the priesthood and gave me permission to devote myself fulltime to the defense of the unborn.”

Fr. Frank added, “From its inception, Priests for Life has had a close and fruitful relationship with the Archdiocese of Chicago. When Cardinal O’Connor released me to be the first full-time director of the organization, Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago permitted Fr. Jim Heyd to be the Associate Director. Cardinal George later permitted Fr. Heyd to work with us full-time. On many occasions over the years, the Archdiocese and its parishes have welcomed Priests for Life. Now, with the exemplary work of Margie Breen, and under the inspiring leadership of Cardinal George, the Archdiocese continues to advance the pro-life cause, and I am honored to assist in that effort.”

To hear some of Fr. Frank’s training seminars in pro-life spirituality, Stay tuned to for more announcements about these efforts.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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