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Pope Francis to Visit the US in September

Pope_FrancisOur Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced today– Nov. 17, 2014:

“I wish to confirm, God willing, that in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the 8th World Meeting of Families.”

Dates: Sept. 22-27, 2015

Link to Website: World Meeting of Families;

And the World Family of Radio Maria will be broadcasting live coverage of many of the events of the Gathering in various language. Radio Maria US will be covering the English programming throughout the 5 days. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to this historic meeting with Our Holy Father next year.

September 9, 2014 – Catholicism’s Rise, Fall, and Future – Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw is working on book number 22. His writing spans 50 years of focusing on the Catholic Church, primarily in the United States. American Church:The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America is his mini-history of the immediate past Century of Catholicism.

He hypothesizes about the benefits that accrued to Catholics as they were gradually melded into the predominantly Protestant American scenery. Did Catholics retain their identity or absorb a Protestant one? What was the “Elephant in the Living Room” that tipped the scales away from Catholics being a “sign of contradiction” to being a common secular American.

“Russell Shaw has lived his own life of Christian witness with uncommon integrity, humility, and keen intelligence. His skill animates every page of American Church. He has captured the story of the Church in the United States with honesty and love, and it’s a privilege to call him my friend.” + Charles J. Chaput, O. F. M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia.

May 13, 2014 – Damon Owens

The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.

Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.

Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.

Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.

August 21, 2012 – Fr. Kevin McCabe

Fr. Kevin McCabe shares his conversion, faith and work as a priest in Philadelphia.

Dr. Doug Schoeninger – March 27, 2012

Do You consider yourself a friend to yourself?Ā Ā Can you Ā become your own friend?

FrancescaĀ Franchina speaks with Dr. Ā DougĀ  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;Ā  Psychotherapist,Ā  PastĀ  PresidentĀ  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)Ā Ā practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA)Ā  about healing attitudes; how you Ā can become your own friend andĀ  relate to yourselfĀ  in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.The Dialogue focuses onĀ  Healing Attitudes; Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation.

T5HĀ  Recipe from Francesca’sĀ Sicilian Kitchen: Ā Easter Ricotta PieĀ and Easter Bread

Doug Schoeninger – Feb. 28, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI calls the laity to have occasions of healing which are centered on the Word of God to heal our lives: ā€œScripture contains countless pages that speak of the healing which God brings.ā€ Verbum Domini (Word of The Lord) December, 2010. Reconciliation, Forgiveness; Healing of the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D. Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA) focusing on Lent, Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation: How to use anger well in the process of forgiving; Letting go and healing in the process of healing; The relationship of forgiveness and trust; and Forgiveness in generational healing: Forgiving those who wounded those who wounded us. Francesca shares her recipes for heart healthy Lenten dishes. Meatless Veggie Dish: Pesedi Con Ova (Peas with Eggs in Marinara Sauce) and Francesca’s Favorite Muffaletta; (Homemade Little Italian Breads Dressed with Olive Oil, Italian Cheese and Fresh Black Pepper). MUSIC: Refinerā€™s Fire; Bread of Lifeā€¦

ACT International Conference – November 22, 2011

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Dr. Doug Schoeniniger, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Past President of The Association of Christian Therapists (www.actheals.org) about the 2011 ACT International Conference held in Philadelphia, PA regarding the keynote speakers, topics of the conference, and his workshops on research being done regarding the effects of prayer and changes in the brain due to prayer, and “The Native American and William Penn Covenant.” Also discussed: Benefits and resources of ACT Membership, School and Curriculum; ACT SEW Groups, and how prayer and ecumenism is integrated personally and communally within ACT, various denominations and healthcare disciplines, through sharing The Word of God, and It’s Proclamation, His Love and Healing With The Heart of Jesus. This program will be archived on www.radiomaria.us and www.actheals.org . Francesca and Dr. Schoeninger share family Thanksgiving traditions/foods and Francesca shares her recipe for traditional celery/onion dressing and Frito Misto… Italian Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower. Write for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions. Through the Tummy to the Heart: P.O, Box 3238; Dayton, OH.

June 16, 2011 – Atheist to Catholic

Ā Ken talks with Rebecca Vitz Cherico the editor of Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion. This book is a collection of eleven conversion stories by former atheists who found their way to the Catholic Church. Each story is an improbably, amazing journey. Rebecca Vitz Cherico, a native New Yorker, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from New York University. She is a member of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova University. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, Colin, and their four children.