IRONDALE, AL--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - Count on EWTN Global Catholic Network for complete coverage of events surrounding the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, whom many Catholics have called a saint, albeit unofficially, since his funeral -- as well as the events of Divine Mercy Sunday, which the late Pope made a reality!

EWTN's Raymond Arroyo will anchor the event from Rome. Joining him for analysis and commentary will be Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, and EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis.

Vatican events include:

  • Vigil in Honor of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II: Airs 2:30 p.m. ET (live), Sat., April 30, with an encore at 8 p.m. ET, Sat., April 30.
  • Beatification of Pope John Paul II: Airs 3:30 a.m. ET (live), Sun., May 1 with encores at 8 p.m. ET, Sun., May 1, 2 p.m. ET, Mon., May 2, and 2 p.m. ET, Sat., May 7.
  • Mass of Thanksgiving in Honor of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II: Airs 4:30 a.m. ET (live), Mon., May 2, with an encore at 5:30 p.m. ET, Mon., May 2.
  • Check EWTN's website ( for many other related programs including a special "World Over" from Rome. Airs 8 p.m. ET, Thurs., April 28, with encores at 5 p.m. ET, Sun., May 1, and 10 a.m. ET, Mon., May 2.

Divine Mercy Sunday events on Sun., May 1 include:

  • Divine Mercy Preview Show: Airs live from The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.: Airs noon ET, with an encore at 11 p.m. ET
  • Solemn Mass and Celebration of Divine Mercy: Airs live from Stockbridge, Mass. at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Divine Mercy Holy Hour from the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala.: Airs live at 4 p.m. ET.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 30th year, is available in over 160 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.