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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2021 – Hour 1

Matthew Bunson discusses Pope Francis’ recovery and the Tradional Latin Mass with Edward Pentin and Reggie Littlejohn looks at the legacy of 100 years of the CCP.

Are Restrictions Coming for the Traditional Latin Mass?

A rumor has been circulating among Vatican insiders that the CDF could be issuing a document modifying Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum, which liberalized the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of St John XXIII. Edward Pentin has the details and also updates us on Pope Francis’ health.

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Pope Francis Believed to be Preparing Restrictions for the Traditional Mass

Pope Francis grateful for prayers as he recovers from intestinal surgery

Edward Pentin is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He’s the author most recently of The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates and has reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin

The Real Legacy of the CCP

This month China is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party. At an even last week, President Xi Jinping declared that the country would not be oppressed and warned foreign powers that they will “get their heads bashed in” if they attempt to bully the country. But there’s only one number that really matters in this story – the 50 million people who have died under CCP rule. Reggie Littlejohn joins us.

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CCP: 100th anniversary of the party that killed 50 million

CCP 100: Xi warns China will not be ‘oppressed’ in anniversary speech

Reggie Littlejohn is Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China. Visit

Capitol Hill Roundup

Erik Rosales reports on the latest Capitol Hill news and what it’s been like to cover political news during a pandemic with such deep political division.

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