Since its 1996 debut, The World Over Live has become one of EWTN’s most popular shows. News anchor Raymond Arroyo has interviewed everyone from former President George W. Bush to The Pope (before he was Pope…way to predict that one) to Mel Gibson to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In all instances, his probing questions always remain relevant to the Catholic concerns of EWTN’s dedicated audience. The show, which emanates appropriately enough from the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., features news, interviews, a call-in segment and interaction with a studio audience. Meanwhile, Arroyo has become a staple on mainstream cable news nets like CNN and Fox News. Bravo to EWTN for winning "the world over."

Honorable Mentions:

Every Day with Marcus & Lisa, FamilyNet: Marcus and Lisa Ryan have religious backgrounds (Marcus was an editor at; Lisa was a co-host and producer on The 700 Club), but this delightful FamilyNet show is never preachy. Instead, it simply focuses on positive messages and interviews that are relevant to "everyday" folks. It delivers.

Judie Byrd’s Kitchen, FamilyNet: Modern families are busy. And here Judie Byrd helps harried homemakers avoid letting the craziness of their lives crowd out time for meals with the family. And she shows them how to do it fast and healthy. In the end, it’s about family time. Might as well eat while we’re at it, right?

Fast Fact

  • EWTN was founded by the nun, Mother Angelica, who began with a half-hour show on a Birmingham station in the ’70s and eventually grew her vision into a 24/7 cable net. Mother Angelica suffered a stroke in 2001 and now resides at a monastery in Alabama. Raymond Arroyo has written two books about her.


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