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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 13, 2021 – Hour 1

It’s the Feast of the Ascension. Al explains why we should care. We’ll also look at religious liberty worldwide with Ambassador Sam Brownback and Matthew Bunson explains the CDF letter on Communion.


Kresta Comments: It’s The Feast of the Ascension – So What?

Today we celebrate two remarkable feasts – Our Lady of Fatima, and the Feast of the Ascension. What is the Resurrection if the Ascension did not happen? What bearing does Christ’s seat at His Father’s right hand have on our lives? Al discusses.

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Ascension Day Gives Us a Worldwide Mission

Can we simply drop the Ascension story?

The Mystery of our Lord’s Ascension

The Ascension: A Source of Lasting Joy

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Why is Religious Liberty a Human Right?

Yesterday the US released the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report, which offers a comprehensive review of the state of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. What’s in the report? Why is Religious Liberty considered a fundamental Human Right? Sam Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, joins us with his analysis.

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US releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

2020 Report on International Religious Freedom

International Religious Freedom Summit

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Sam Brownback is the former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. He is the co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Summit, taking place this summer in Washington DC. 

Register Recap: The CDF Joins the Communion Debate

On May 7 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent a letter to Archbishop Gomez regarding the USCCB’s reported plan to discuss publishing a document on the issue of Communion for pro-abortion Catholics. The CDF’s letter has been portrayed as everything from a slap in the face to Gomez, to a non-story at all. What should we actually know about it? Matthew Bunson joins us.

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How should US bishops read the Ladaria letter?

CDF Letter

Cardinal Ladaria’s Letter on Reception of Communion: An Explainer

Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.

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