|Mother Angelica is fond of telling the story
of her miraculous encounter with El Divino Niño in
Colombia. That story
began with a vice president's meeting in 1995 and the EWTN's increasing
commitment to evangelize Hispanics. It didn't take a lot of statistics on
Catholics falling away from the Church or losing their faith altogether to
convince Mother Angelica of the need to bring the Truth and Beauty of the
Church to Latin America. To this end, network management resolved to
create a Spanish network.
Since 1989, EWTN had already sought to serve the needs of Spanish-speaking people in the United States with 3 blocks of time were allocated for Hispanic programming. This decision was affirmed when EWTN received overwhelming response for its live, bilingual coverage of the Holy Father's pastoral visit to Mexico in 1990.
After that vice-presidents' meeting in 1995, Mother
Angelica decided to go to South America to talk to the Bishops and Nuncios
about making programs in their specific Spanish accents. Going from
country to country where she was enthusiastically received, Mother
Angelica was quite moved by the fervent devotion of the people and their
hunger to know more about their faith. Inspired to not lose time, EWTN
launched a 24-hour Spanish network in Latin America and in Spain in 1996
and in North America in 1999.
December 22, 1995
June 14, 1996
June 14, 1999