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Clarification in an Anti-Christian Culture

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July 10, 2013

HUNTINGTON, Indiana – With his finger on the pulse of popular culture, acclaimed radio-show host, Al Kresta, addresses the primary challenges to the Catholic Church right now – some from within, others well beyond.

Kresta – a former Protestant minister who became Catholic – is quick to admit that Catholics tend to be under-informed on the truths of their faith, and not well-primed to flag sophisticated and seemingly well-reasoned assaults on it. With 100 million self-identified U.S. Catholics, less than 20 percent attend weekly Mass.

To assist the Church in telling its story, Kresta puts forth a first-of-its-kind clarification of popular worldviews at odds with Catholicism, unveiling truths and unmasking counterfeits. Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013) delves into many of the subjects discussed exclusively on Kresta’s syndicated daily radio show heard on over 200 stations, while maintaining a Continue Reading

U.S. Pastors, Christian Leaders Pledge to Stand Strong for Marriage

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The New American

June 26, 2013

By Dave Bohon

On June 20, as the nation waited for a ruling from the Supreme Court on a pair of cases that could change how Americans view marriage, a group of over 200 Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox clergy and Christian leaders released a signed pledge vowing to “stand in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The “Marriage Solidarity Statement,” drafted by Keith Fournier, editor of Catholic Online, and Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, acknowledges that while there are differences between the signers on some significant matters of religious doctrine and practice, “on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity.” The pledge was vetted among hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders across the nation, and was ultimately signed by a group of clergy and leaders who arguably represent tens of millions of Christians across America.

“As a nation, we have lost our moral compass,” the Christian leaders declare Continue Reading

Catholic Talk Show Host Will Visit Boise

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June 22, 2013

BOISE, Idaho – Teresa Tomeo will visit Boise Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 to take part in the annual Fortnight for Freedom gathering and participate in Salt and Light Catholic Radio’s summer banquet event.

The Friday banquet begins with a wine and cheese hour at 6 p.m. at the Barber Park Events Center in Boise. It will feature an Argentinian dinner, dancing and auctions benefiting Salt and Light Catholic Radio.

Tomeo’s keynote address will highlight “The Importance of Catholic Radio.” For tickets, call 208-344-4774 or send email to [email protected]

The Saturday seminar, “A Fortnight for Freedom Event: Bringing America Back to Life,” begins at 9 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Boise, following an 8 a.m. open Mass. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host and motivational speaker Continue Reading

Al Kresta interviewed: US Catholics prepare to open Fortnight for Freedom

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Vatican Radio

June 20, 2013

The U.S. bishops have convoked the second annual Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

All across the nation, Catholics will be joining with their fellow citizens of good will, who share concerns about religious liberty, in spiritual, educational and advocacy programs. First and foremost, however, the Fortnight for Continue Reading

WNEM, Channel 5 gives 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications for Catholic programming

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May 30, 2013

By Heather Jordan

SAGINAW, MI — Meredith Broadcasting and Channel 5, WNEM have given the 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications.

The former news and talk radio station, which featured syndicated talk shows including Neal Boortz and Dave Ramsey, is off the air. It will begin offering Catholic programming within the next few months.

“We’re currently building a programming schedule and making sure all the equipment is in order,” said Michael Jones, vice president and general Continue Reading

Dangers to the Faith: Al Kresta’s Latest Book

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“The great need today is to love our enemies into the saving power of Jesus Christ. How can we do that unless we know who they are? Many thanks to Al Kresta for showing us the field of our love with Dangers to the Faith. He treats mainly of ideas, but it is people who hold these ideas. Some of these may even have taken small root in our own hearts. Let us allow Christ’s love to root them out and then help us to be a sign of salvation to our whole world.”

Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing, Michigan 

A storm has been brewing in society and its treatment, views, and activities toward the Catholic Faith.

Some are subtle, others are more brazen — New Age thought, questionable spirituality, “creedless” Christianity, relativism, scientific skepticism, the triumph of technology, and even the self-styled spirituality of Oprah Winfrey.

All these masquerade as “truth,” making it tough for the average Catholic to Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio Development Director, Tom Loewe, Ordained to Diaconate

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Diocese of Lansing

May 18, 2013

On Saturday, May 18, Bishop Boyea ordained to the diaconate 16 men of the Diocese of Lansing.  St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, Michigan, was packed with over 1,000 worshippers, along with over 100 priests and deacons of the diocese.

Among those ordained, was Ave Maria Radio Development Director and Co-host of Notes From Above, Tom Loewe, who was assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Congratulations Deacon Loewe, who appears in the back row, second from the right in the photo!

Source: http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/diaconate_ordination_2013

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Fr. John Riccardo at i.d. 916

May 2, 2013

Fr. John Riccardo speaks at the i.d. 916 meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Join the Cardinals and Ave Maria Radio in Prayer

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March 5, 2013

The College of Cardinals, meeting today for the 2nd day of the sede vacante period, have not yet set a date for their conclave to select a new Pope.

Briefing reporters after the morning meeting, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the cardinals were evidently in “no rush” to proceed with the conclave. He pointed out that the cardinals’ congregation had chosen not to hold meeting on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, suggesting that this decision underlined their intention to proceed deliberately.

During the daily congregations, cardinals have spoken about the needs of the Continue Reading

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

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