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Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided: Build the Church, Bless the Nation

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December 30, 2012

“Our problem isn’t in Washington; it’s in our parishes. Only if we first build the Church can we, will we, bless the nation.”

–Al Kresta

Al Kresta, host of the popular “Kresta in the Afternoon” broadcast on Catholic radio and President and CEO of Ave Maria Communications, is talking about the Catholic vote in the 2012 election. In November, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, forty percent of Mass-attending Catholics voted for President Obama, a self-identified champion of two intrinsic evils: (1) abortion, including partial-birth abortion; and (2) the redefinition of marriage.

Most elections don’t permit such black and white assessments. In this case, Continue Reading

Al Kresta on EWTN’s Bookmark

November 25, 2012

Doug Keck interviews Al Kresta on his book, Moments of Grace, co-authored with Nick Thomm, Executive Producer of Kresta in the Afternoon.

Dolan, Obama, Laity and Outrage

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Kresta Commentary

October 10, 2012

By Al Kresta

Dear co-laborers in the Lord,

I have an absolutely urgent request.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has done an outstanding job leading the Catholic resistance to the HHS mandate. Archbishop of Archdiocese of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an advisor to Benedict XVI, he has a well-deserved reputation as a spiritual leader. He is blessed with a winsome personality, great sense of humor and an instinctive, Catholic drive to reach out even to Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio celebrates 15th year in Catholic broadcasting

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Catholic News Agency

August 24, 2012

Ann Arbor, Mich.- Defying the odds against success, the world’s largest producer of original English-language Catholic radio programming, Ave Maria Radio, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

“Our Lady is surely pleased to lend her name to such a great mission!” EWTN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Doug Keck said in light of the anniversary.

Keck said he and everyone at EWTN want to congratulate the “faith-filled professionals” of Ave Maria Radio for their “’Fiat’ to the work of Catholic media evangelization.

In 1997, Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and former owner Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio flourishes despite odds – including flesh-eating bacteria

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The Integrated Catholic LIfe

August 24, 2012

By Patti Maguire Armsrong

Fifteen years after the switch was flipped on at 1290 AM, WDEO (“DEO” is Latin for God) in Ann Arbor, MI, Ave Maria Radio is still leading the charge in Catholic Radio.

In 1996, Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN, the world’s largest religious network, offered programming to any Catholic radio station. Ave Maria was the first to accept the offer. It was an appeal to become a missionary because the field lacked a Catholic presence. Radio was either secular or Protestant Christian in 1996, although there were “Catholic Hours” on other stations and Continue Reading

Collin Raye Concert this Saturday – Ave Maria Radio’s 15-Year Anniversary

August 22, 2012

Ave Maria Radio Concert Celebration featuring Country Music Star Collin Raye and Nashville Recording Artist Andrea Thomas in honor of 15-Years of Ave Maria Radio and the 25th Anniversary of Al Kresta on the airways.

The concert will be held at Hill Auditorium, located on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan. Doors Open at 6:30 pm;  Continue Reading

Surprises and Changing History

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Kresta Commentary

June 29, 2012

By Al Kresta

Life is full of surprises. On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. This means that we do not have relief from the HHS Mandate. Had the Supreme Court struck down the “individual mandate” or the law in its entirety we would, obviously, have been in a much stronger position. SCOTUS didn’t.

So what did Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, actually do?

1) He ruled that the commerce clause cannot be used to make us purchase Continue Reading

President Obama Announces Support for Gay “Marriage” (Audio)

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Kresta Commentary

May 11, 2012

By Al Kresta

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian Continue Reading

HHS and Obamacare

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Kresta Commentary

March 16, 2012

By Al Kresta

This week the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare”. Chief among the concerns with this rule is the myriad of way that tax dollars, insurance companies, employers and individual employees will be paying for abortion.

Remember how Nancy Pelosi said back in 2010, “We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it?” Now we are finding out what’s in it. An assault on religious freedom and Continue Reading

Blunt Amendment Fails on Party Line Vote

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Kresta Commentary

March 1, 2012

By Al Kresta

The fight continues in the House, courts and in November at the polls

By a vote of 51-48 today, Senate Democrats killed an amendment that would have allowed employers and insurers to find creative alternatives to purchasing types of insurance that violate their conscience and the teachings of their Church. As it stands the president’s health care law has set aside the conscience exemptions that have been in place for a generation.  Continue Reading

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