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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 8, 2021 – Hour 1

Fr. Benedict Kiely discusses the lives of Iraqi Christians and Charlie Camosy looks at the link between abortion and our Throwaway Culture.

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Are we the body of Christ persecuted?

Fr Benedict Kiely was celebrating a Mass in Vermont in 2014 when ISIS was sweeping across the Ninevah plain. For the first time in 2000 years, there would be no Mass at Mosul and he wanted to do something about it – but what could he do? Since then he has begun serving the Iraqi church however he can. He shares his experiences and what Pope Francis’ trip has meant for the people of the region.

Fr. Benedict Kiely is the founder of He spends his time between the US, the UK and Iraq.

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Prenatal Justice

In an open letter to Pope Francis published earlier this year, professor Charles Camosy lauded the pontiff for his defense of prenatal justice and lamented how our “throwaway culture” has led to such a disregard for life. He joins us.

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Open Letter to Pope Francis on Prenatal Justice

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Charles Camosy is Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University. He writes a monthly “Purple Catholicism” column for RNS and is the author of five books. His most recent work, Resisting Throwaway Culture, was published in May of 2019 and won first place from the Catholic Publishers Association as “Resource of the Year.” He is currently working on a book that connects secular medicine’s rejection of fundamental human equality to their rejection of theology as a meaningful discipline. You can follow him on Twitter @ccamosy.

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