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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 4, 2021

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 4, 2021

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” 


4:00 – Cardinal Parolin Talks China, Iraq, Covid, and Curial Reform

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, spoke recently on a wide variety of topics including the Pope’s planned visit to Iraq and the Vatican’s relationship with China. Edward Pentin discusses some of the major points.

4:20 – Jesuit vs. the Nazis: The Remarkable Witness and Martyrdom of Father Alfred Delp

From the unspeakable horror of the Nazi regime, we can also find stories of heroism. One such story is Fr Alfred Delp, a Jesuit priest falsely implicated in the July Plot to overthrow Hitler. Fr Delp devoted his life’s work to protecting the dignity of the human person and thus argued strongly against the atrocities of the Nazis. This week marks the anniversary of his execution, and we’ll talk about his life with Fr Peter Nguyen

4:40 – International Pro-Life Groups Express Concern About USAID Nominee

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Samantha Power to be administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that position, Power would have broad sway to determine which groups would and would not merit U.S. assistance in developing countries. Kate Scanlon has more.

5:00 – Saving Catholic Schools  

1960, there were 5.2 million students in 13,000 Catholic schools; these numbers have tumbled to 1.7 million students in 6,200 schools in 2020. Over these decades, declining school enrollment and closures ominously preceded declining church attendance and church closures. What is the importance of Catholic schools? David Bonagura joins us.

5:20 – What’s happening in Myanmar?  

The election fallout and beginning of the Biden administration has distracted many Americans, including the press, from major international stories. Earlier this week Myanmar’s military seized control of the country – Mindy Belz explains what’s happening.

5:40 Pope Francis adds new Feasts to Church Calendar

There are several new feasts on the Church Calendar, including a memorial of Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus and feast days for other saints. Michael O’Neill has the details.