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  • Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could be retried and beheaded, say his family

    via TheGuardian.com

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    Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, now faces being beheaded for renouncing the religion, his family have said.

    They claimed to have learned of attempts within the Saudi judicial system to have Raif Badawi retried for the crime, which carries a death sentence. Amnesty International said it was looking into the claims, which could not be verified on Sunday evening.

    “Raif and his family must be thinking ‘what new hell is this?’,” said an Amnesty spokesman.

    “The torment of facing each week the possibility of another brutal public flogging is an unimaginable torture. These latest rumours that the death penalty is a possibility again add to the nightmare.

    “Over a million people have called for Raif’s freedom. That should be the only development we’re hearing about.”

    In a statement, Badawi’s family said that the Saudi supreme court has referred his case to the same judge who passed the sentence he is currently serving, whom they accused of being biased against him.

    He was previously cleared of apostasy – renouncing his religion – in 2013. In January this year, his case was referred to the supreme court by the former king in a move that his supporters hoped would eventually lead to his release.

    But his family, who cited “information from reliable sources” they did not name, now believe that the case has been referred on again to the country’s Penal court under regulations introduced last autumn.

    “We have reasons to believe without any doubts that the same judge has again asked the head of the court of appeal to charge Raif with apostasy,” they said in a statement.

    “It should be mentioned that this judge stated in his written verdict against Raif, that he has proof and is confident that Raif is an apostate.

    “We call on the world citizens and governments not to leave Raif dragged by such bigots to death. And we renew our calls to His Majesty King Salman to pardon Raif Badawi and allow him to leave for Canada to be united with his family there.”

    Badawi received the first 50 lashes outside al-Jafali mosque in the port city of Jeddah in January. He was due to be subjected to 50 more each week but it was postponed after doctors said that his wounds had not healed and that he was unfit to have the sentence carried out.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – March 3, 2015

    Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 3, 2015

    4:00 – Netanyahu Addresses Congress

    Today Benjamin Netanyahu gave his controversial and long-awaited speech before Congress. He urged the US to enforce stricter sanctions on Iran to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu also said that the relationship between the US and Israel “Has always been above politics and must remain above politics.” We’ll review his speech today.

    4:20- Notre Dame, Charles Rice and Fr. Hesburgh

    The University of Notre Dame lost two of its most prominent figures last week: former president Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and longtime professor Charles Rice. Both men left indelible marks on the university and on Catholic education in America-and not always in a good way. Fr. Wilson Miscamble joins us to discuss their lives and legacies.

    5:00 — Kresta Comments: Netanyahu Addresses Congress 

    5:20 – CPAC: Politicians, Pundits and Advocates

    Michael New is here with a review of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. What was said? What wasn’t said? What is the current state of Conservatism in America? We’ll discuss these questions and more.

    5:40 – Papal Nuncio in Ukraine: “Holy See Can’t be on One Side or the Other.”

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – March 2, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – March 2, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Finding Jesus: The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin

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    Putin Critic Killed

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    World Chaos and the Spread of the Gospel

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – March 2, 2015 – Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – March 2, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: Georgia Woman Faces Execution: So Much for Rehabilitation

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    Netanyahu to AIPAC: We’ve Acted Alone before – and We’ll do it Again

    • Description: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He said that, despite the controversy surrounding his address to Congress tomorrow, the US and Israel will maintain a strong relationship. Jim Phillips joins us to discuss both speeches and the current state of US-Israeli relations.
    • Segment Guests:

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    Attacks on Abp. Cordileone Led by SF PR Firm

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – March 2, 2015

    Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 2, 2015

    4:00 – Finding Jesus: The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin

    Last night CNN aired an hour-long program about the history and mystery of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. A 1988 carbon dating test said the shroud dates back no further than the 13th century, but many believe this test to be inaccurate. We speak with John Jackson, leader of a shroud research team.  

    4:20- Putin Critic Killed

    Outspoken Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemstov was murdered this weekend in Moscow near Red Square. George Weigel joins us to discuss the assassination, as well as the ongoing struggles in Ukraine.

    4:40 – World Chaos and the Spread of the Gospel 

    John Kerry claims that America and the world face fewer threats to peace than they have in years. Yet Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reports that 2014 was the deadliest year for terrorism in the 45 years that data has been gathered. Al feels the world is in a state of chaos and uncertainty not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis. How did the world get to this point? And what does it mean for spreading the gospel? George Weigel stays with us for this discussion.

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: Georgia Woman Faces Execution: So Much for Rehabilitation

    Kelly Gissendaner is scheduled to be executed tonight for her involvement in the 1997 murder of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. More than 400 clergy have signed an open letter to state officials asking that she be granted clemency. Since her arrest, Gissendaner has received a degree from Chandler School of Theology and has been instrumental in counseling other prisoners. One could say she is the definition of rehabilitation, yet she still faces execution. Al has comments.

    5:20 – Netanyahu to AIPAC: We’ve Acted Alone before – and We’ll do it Again

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He said that, despite the controversy surrounding his address to Congress tomorrow, the US and Israel will maintain a strong relationship. Jim Phillips joins us to discuss both speeches and the current state of US-Israeli relations.

    5:40 – Attacks on Abp. Cordileone Led by SF PR Firm

    Anne Hendershott is here with background info on the publicist who has been hired to blacklist Archbishop Cordileone, who simply wants Catholic schools to hire teachers who will be in accordance with Church teachings. She’ll debunk the attacks made on Cordileone and what he is trying to accomplish.

     

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 27, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 27, 2015 – Hour 1

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    40 Days, 40 Ways of Lent

    • Description: If you're looking for a new Lenten experience, Marcellino D’Ambrosio has forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You'll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ—not only during Lent but throughout the year.
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    Ukrainian Catholics in Putin’s Crosshairs, U.S. Just Stands By

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    Ukrainian Catholics in Putin’s Crosshairs, U.S. Just Stands By (con't)

    • Segment Guests:
      • Dr. Alexander Sich
  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 27, 2015 – Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 27, 2015 – Hour 2

    + Segment #1 of 3

    Honoring Fr. Richard Neuhaus: A Life in the Naked Public Square

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    Honoring Fr. Richard Neuhaus: A Life in the Naked Public Square (con't)

    • Segment Guests:
      • Randy Boyagoda

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    Honoring Fr. Richard Neuhaus: A Life in the Naked Public Square (con't)

    • Segment Guests:
      • Randy Boyagoda
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 27, 2015

    Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 27, 2015

    4:00 – 40 Days, 40 Ways of Lent

    If you’re looking for a new Lenten experience, Marcellino D’Ambrosio has forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You’ll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You’ll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ—not only during Lent but throughout the year.

    4:20- Ukrainian Catholics in Putin’s Crosshairs, US Just Stands By

    The ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian rebels seems to be holding, but Ukraine is still in turmoil. The hryvnia currency is in free fall, with a current exchange rate to the dollar of about 28 to 1. And Ukraine’s Catholics are in peril. We get a live report on the latest developments from Dr. Alexander Sich.

    5:00 – Honoring Fr. Richard Neuhaus: A Life in the Naked Public Square

    Randy Boyagoda joins us with a look back at the life of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Fr. Neuhaus was the author of several books, including “The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America,” was an adviser to President George Bush on bioethical issues and was a staunch defender of pro-life issues. Randy has written an extensive biography on Fr. Neuhaus and is here to talk about it.

  • The Glory of the Crusades

    Everybody thinks they know what they mean when they say “the Crusades.” Where do we get the idea of “Crusades”? Are these a series of discreet actions taken by western Christians? Are the Crusades some sort of massive blueprint put in place by the Pope? When did we start talking about THE Crusades?

  • Brittany Maynard: Death with Dignity’s New Face

    Advocates of euthanasia, or “Death with Dignity,” say their cause is all about reducing the suffering of a sick person and their family. They argue that by allowing patients to die “on their own terms,” euthanasia eliminates the suffering of all involved. Wesley Smith disagrees. A true dignified death can be realized by eliminating the suffering, not the sufferer.

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