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Kresta in the Afternoon-December 24th, 2014 – COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2014

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 24, 2014

4:00 – #23. St. Francis Used Words (re-record of earlier interview)

St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps the most well-known and best-loved saint in the history of the Church. Regrettably, there is a common misperception that he rarely used words to preach the Gospel. Too often this leads people conclude that it is better not to use words. In this booklet, Peter Herbeck uses firsthand accounts to refute this myth and paint a true picture of Francis’ powerful preaching. Following the example of Jesus and the apostles, Francis used words. Peter concludes this important message with additional lessons we can learn from St. Francis for preaching the Gospel in our times. Peter joins us.

4:40 – #22. Earth Day 2014: The Papal Edition (original air 4/22)

Pope Francis offered a homily at his inaugural Mass which centered on the need for the Church and its members to take up the vocation of “protector,” inspired by the example of St. Joseph, for all of humanity and for creation. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. The new Pontiff sees no conflict between protecting creation and the protection of each person. This Monday was Earth Day and today we talk to G. Tracy Mehan about Earth Day – The Papal Edition.

5:00 – #21. Regensburg Vindicated: Is Benedict XVI a Prophet? (original air 9/18)

It has been eight years since Pope Emeritus Benedict’s lecture in Regensburg, Germany. During the lecture, the pope quoted a 14th-century scholar who said,  “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” The speech was widely condemned throughout the Muslim world. The mainstream media criticized Benedict for his “gaffe.” As ISIS ravages Syria and Iraq, is it safe to say Benedict has been vindicated? Robert Reilly offers his take.

5:40 – #20. Tensions in Hong Kong: Is another Tiananmen Square on the Horizon? (original air 9/30)

Demonstrations have recently arisen in Hong Kong against the Chinese government. When the region shifted from British to Chinese rule in 1997, government leaders agreed that Hong Kong residents could begin electing their own leader in 2017. Last month, China announced that it would only allow Beijing-vetted candidates to run in the election. The decision has sparked protests throughout Hong Kong, which have been denounced by Chinese officials and dispersed with tear gas. Many political analysts doubt the Chinese Communist Party, hardly known for its acceptance of democracy, can reach a compromise with the protestors. Others say the situation is eerily similar to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. We talk to David Aikman, the former Beijing   bureau chief for Time Magazine, about the rising tensions.

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