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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 17, 2021 – Hour 2

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by looking at the Irish leaders of the Archdiocese of New York with George Marlin, and Bill Cook introduces us to the real St. Patrick.

The Sons of St. Patrick

Since 1850 there have been ten Archbishops of New York, and all of them were born in Ireland or were of Irish heritage. They have influenced and shaped the culture as we know it and have faced challenges from fellow Americans and from Rome. Brad Miner and George Marlin join us with their stories.

Brad Miner is senior editor of The Catholic Thing, senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute, and a board member of Aid to the Church In Need USA.
George Marlin is the author most recently of Mario Cuomo: The Myth and the Man.

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Who was the Real St. Patrick?

Along with St Francis of Assisi, St Patrick is probably one of the two most popular saints in the Secular world. How does the pop-culture version differ from the real man who brought the Gospel to Ireland? Bill Cook joins us.

William Cook is Professor Emeritus of History at State University of New York – Genesceo, where he taught on Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Church History. He is the president of the Bill Cook Foundation, which helps poor children in 29 countries go to school. Visit He is the author of several books including “The Medieval World View: An Introduction” and has hosted nine Great Courses lecture series

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