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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – August 15, 2014 – Hour 2

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Feast of the Assumption Special Broadcast (continued from Hour 1)

  • Description: Listen to Al's CD, The Biblical Basis for Marian Dogma
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Feast of the Assumption Special Broadcast (continued)

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Feast of the Assumption Special Broadcast (continued)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 14, 2014 – Hour 1

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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order

  • Description: After the death of Blessed John Paul II and the election of Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI, a community of Sedevacantist religious women began a spiritual journey that would eventually lead to their petitioning the bishop of Spokane, WA for full communion with the Catholic Church. This extraordinarily bold step, of course, required prayerful discernment, ongoing study and much personal sacrifice. In June of 2006, their miracle of faith bore fruit when Sr. Mary Eucharista, SMMC, and numerous members of her community received a letter from Bishop Skylstad that formally approved the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church as a Public Association of the Faithful within the Diocese of Spokane, WA. We talk to Sr. Mary Eucharista about the journey.
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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order (continued)

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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – August 14, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments

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A Call for the “Annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq”

  • Description: One of the most influential Christian thinkers in the US, Dr. Robert George, has led a bi-partisan, interfaith effort to call for the annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq over their calculated plans to liquidate religious minorities in the Middle East. The letter read in part, “The so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS/ISIL) is conducting a campaign of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and others in Iraq. In its fanatical effort to establish a caliphate, ISIS/ISIL has engaged in crimes against humanity by deliberately causing mass starvation and dehydration, and by committing unconscionable acts of barbarism against noncombatants, including defenseless women, children, and elderly persons. It is imperative that the United States and the international community act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide and prevent the further victimization of religious minorities.” Dr. George joins us.
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Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq

  • Description: The Knights of Columbus announced yesterday that it is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions. The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is here to discuss their efforts.
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    • Carl Anderson
      Carl is the thirteenth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He is also the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller, A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 13, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments

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A Call for the “Annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq”

  • Description: One of the most influential Christian thinkers in the US, Dr. Robert George, has led a bi-partisan, interfaith effort to call for the annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq over their calculated plans to liquidate religious minorities in the Middle East. The letter read in part, “The so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS/ISIL) is conducting a campaign of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and others in Iraq. In its fanatical effort to establish a caliphate, ISIS/ISIL has engaged in crimes against humanity by deliberately causing mass starvation and dehydration, and by committing unconscionable acts of barbarism against noncombatants, including defenseless women, children, and elderly persons. It is imperative that the United States and the international community act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide and prevent the further victimization of religious minorities.” Dr. George joins us.
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Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq

  • Description: The Knights of Columbus announced yesterday that it is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions. The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is here to discuss their efforts.
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    • Carl Anderson
      Carl is the thirteenth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He is also the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller, A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 13, 2014 – Hour 2

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August 6 and 9: The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan

  • Description: In the last week we commemorated the anniversaries of the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today we discuss the morality of the decision with Fr. Wilson Miscamble, author of The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan. We explore the American use of atomic bombs, the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire, and Harry Truman's decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions.
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    • Fr. Wilson Miscamble
      Fr. Miscamble is a professor of US History at the University of Notre Dame

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August 6 and 9: The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan (continued)

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August 6 and 9: The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 12, 2014—Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: The growing threat of ISIS

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Robin Williams RIP

  • Description: In the flood of commentary and sorrow surrounding the death of Robin Williams, apparently by suicide, so many are struggling over what to say about a man who seemed never to be at a loss for words. Steven Greydanus says recalls that as a lifelong Episcopalian, Williams once cracked that, compared to Catholicism, Episcopalianism was the “same religion, half the guilt.” Steven joins us to remember Williams.
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What you need to know about the Feast of the Assumption

  • Description: August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary and in the United States, it is a holy day of obligation. What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Jimmy Akin is here to talk about 12 things to know and share
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 12, 2014—Hour 2

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The Chaldean Assessment of Iraq

  • Description: After meeting with many lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, a spokesman for the Chaldean Church in America, Auday Arabo, said "I cannot stress enough, how important unification and solidarity are when a revolutionary crisis is in the midst.” The Chaldeans in Iraq are virtually non-existant at this point and Arabo joins us to assess the situation and what can be done.
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Robin Williams: How Should Catholics Respond to Celebrity Deaths?

  • Description: Many times after a celebrity death of someone who didn’t lead the most exemplary life, Christians struggle with what to say and how many positive things should we say about them. Patrick Coffin is here to discuss it.
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Kresta Comments: Branding: When advertising images meet reality

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 11, 2014—Hour 1

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The growing threat of ISIS

  • Description: The self-proclaimed Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, continues to spread across Iraq. More reports are surfacing every day of the atrocities this terrorist group is committing against Christians, Yezidis and other minorities in the region. The group recently promised to “raise the flag of Allah over the White House.” The US has conducted limited air strikes against ISIS forces and has begun equipping Kurdish forces but has no intention of sending troops back to Iraq. Robert Spencer, creator of Jihadwatch.com, is with us to talk about the latest developments in the Iraq crisis.
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The growing threat of ISIS (continued)

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Kresta Comments: Tony Stewart: When a person becomes a brand

  • Description: NASCAR star Tony Stewart is the center of controversy after a tragic crash this weekend in a short-track race. Stewart bumped 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.’s car, causing Ward to spin out. Ward climbed out of the car and stood in the middle of the track, staring down Stewart as he came back around the circle. Stewart struck Ward with his car; by the time Ward arrived at the hospital, he was dead. At first glance it seems like this was nothing more than a tragic accident, and that Stewart had no time to avoid Ward. But some people are casting at least partial blame on Stewart, citing his hothead, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred personality that he exhibits both on and off the racetrack. Al discusses the incident and what happens when someone’s personality becomes a brand that is bigger than themselves.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 11, 2014—Hour 2

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Crisis in Iraq: ISIS and the caliphate

  • Description: ISIS continues to grow. It gains new followers every day, controls large areas of Iraq including a key dam and has access to massive amounts of funding and other resources. Daniel Kochis of the Heritage Institute is with us to discuss ongoing threat that ISIS poses to the world.
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      Daniel is a Research Assistant for the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation
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Kresta Comments: The Problem of Image and Reality

  • Description: Our culture creates a false reality with impossible and often contradictory standards. We want to enjoy success without putting forth any effort. We want to remain fit and healthy without exercising. Women want to look young and skinny, like the supermodels in magazines. Men are told that they deserve to get at least one women with supermodel looks. Al discusses how our society distorts the true realities of life as we prepare for this Thursday’s Image and Reality conference.

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Celebrating the feast of St. Clare of Assisi

  • Description: Renowned actor Leonardo Defilippis, star of “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz” and other live-action dramas, joins us on the feast of St. Clare of Assisi to discuss this remarkable saint.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 8, 2014—Hour 1

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Dominic

  • Description: Mother Assumpta Long, founder of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist joins us today on the feast of St. Dominic.
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      Mother Assumpta is the founder and Mother Superior of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
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ISIS and the persecution of Christians

  • Description: Every day we are hearing new reports of the atrocities committed by the terrorist group known as ISIS. They have expelled Christians from cities throughout northern Iraq and are killing those who refuse to convert to Islam. Reports have recently surfaced that they are beheading children. Vanessa Denha Garmo joins us to talk about the horrific persecution being suffered by Christians and other groups at the hands of ISIS.
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Update on the new HHS opt-out

  • Description: Erin Mersino of the Thomas More Law Center is with us to discuss the latest news regarding new opt-out options in the HHS contraception mandate.
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