.- EWTN Global Catholic Network, the largest religious media house in the world, has launched free MP3 podcasts of selected programs on its Web site.
EWTN president Michael Warsaw said the network is pleased to offer this new service. "Throughout our 25 year history, EWTN has always embraced new technology to carry out its mission of evangelization," he said. "This new podcasting initiative compliments our existing audio and video streaming and enables us to spread the Gospel to an even wider audience."
According to a recent report, more than 22 million American adults own portable MP3 players and six million of them have downloaded podcasts from the Internet.
Podcast listeners typically download audio files from the Web onto a computer, transfer the files to a digital audio player, and listen when convenient. Often the audio files are posted online in a way that allows software on a personâs computer to detect and download new podcasts automatically.
The EWTN podcast will offer readings and the homily from the televised daily mass; daily installments of Open Line radio programs; and weekly installments of EWTNâs live programs, such as: Sunday Night Live, The Journey Home, Mother Angelica Live Classics, Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live.
In addition, each month EWTN will make an entire TV series, selected from those most popular on the network, available for a limited time. The first is the EWTN International Rosary.
EWTNâs podcast can be accessed at http://www.ewtn.com/podcast