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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

Urgent and Earnest

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Kresta Commentary

February 16, 2012

By Al Kresta

Today Congress began hearings on the HHS mandate… Has the Obama administration trampled on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Bishop Lori is there and we are joined by Missouri Synod Lutherans, the Beckett Fund and others. I hope you will hear about it in the commercial media. I wouldn’t count on it though.

I’ve noticed and you probably couldn’t help noticing how quickly the press coverage dropped off after the president gave them an opportunity to declare this over. It reminds Continue Reading

Catholic Talk Show Hosts React to Benedict Resignation and Future for the Church

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As the world begins to absorb the news that a sitting Pope has resigned for the first time in 600 years, we now face many questions about the next Pope, the Papal transition, Benedict’s future role, and the challenges facing Benedict’s successor. Two nationally-syndicated Catholic talk show hosts are available for expert commentary. Al Kresta and Teresa Tomeo both host daily 2-hour programs heard on over 200 radio stations on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and Sirius Satellite.

“I think many Catholics are still trying to adjust Continue Reading

President Obama and the StopHHS Project

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Kresta Commentary

February 9, 2012

By Al Kresta

On January 20, 2012, President Obama informed Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that the Catholic Church in America has until August of 2013 to provide almost all of their employees with insurance that covers sterilization and contraception, including drugs like the ‘morning-after pill’ that may cause an early abortion. If the Church refuses to comply with this mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), various penalties will ensue. The Church will be considered an outlaw, a bad neighbor and Continue Reading

Obama Administration: Birth Control Mandate is Final; Bishops Vow to Fight (Audio)

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Kresta in the Afternoon Interview

January 31, 2012

By Al Kresta

Both the president of the U.S. bishops and the bishops’ Pro-Life chairman called on the thousands of Catholics gathered today at the March for Life to speak out for the protection of conscience rights and religious liberty. “From a human point of view, we may be tempted to surrender, when our government places conception, pregnancy and birth under the ‘center for disease control,’ when chemically blocking conception or aborting the baby in the womb is considered a ‘right’ to be subsidized by others who Continue Reading

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