Talking About the “Things That Matter Most” on October 3, 2014
4:00 – Quick Word: Connecticut Has the Church in Its Crosshairs
4:10 – When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages
Jon M. Sweeney is the author of numerous popular books on St. Francis and joins us today on the feast St.Francis to offer a surprising new look at the world’s most popular saint, showing how this beloved, but often-mythologized character created a spiritual vision for the ages and may very well have rescued the Christian faith. Sweeney outlines Francis’s revolutionary approach to friendship, “the other” (people at the margins), poverty, spirituality, care (for people, creatures, and the natural world), and death. He looks at the unsullied life and message of Francis in its essential details, offering a sweeping, informative, remarkable look at how Francis and his movement quite literally saved the Christian faith–and continues to offer a spiritual vision with contemporary relevance.
4:20 – The Nazarene Scholarship for Iraqi Refugee High School Girls
A “Nazarene Scholarship” has been established for Iraqi Christian young women who have been exiled and fled to America. Many had the Arabic letter N (for Nazarene) marked on their houses or businesses. The Nazarene Scholarship Fund will provide a tuition-free Catholic high school education at St. Catherine of Siena Academy in Wixom, MI for Christian girls who have recently fled the violence in Iraq. We talk to Adora Ibrahim from St Catherine Academy.
4:40 –TN and ND Fight for their state constitutions
Tennessee and North Dakota are launching a counteroffensive in the battle for life that could reverberate across the country. Both have ballot measures Nov. 4 that seek to protect their constitutions from the kind of pro-abortion activism that has eviscerated pro-life regulations in a dozen states. If these measures pass, Tennessee and North Dakota could become models for the other 48 states. Joining us is Paul Linton who has followed these initiatives closely and is author of “Abortion Under State Constitutions: A State-by- State Analysis”
5:00 – Quick Word: Connecticut Has the Church in Its Crosshairs
5:10 – EWTN Commissions Original Documentary on Religious Persecution in Iraq: “Escape to Erbil.”
EWTN has commissioned filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti to produce a 30 minute program on the stories and challenges of Christian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Elisabetta letting know that she is now on the ground in Erbil, and has spoken with refugees and priests who are caring for these people. She has also interviewed the Bishop of Mosul who has also had to flee to Erbil. We talk to her from Erbil.
5:20 – Hong Kong clashes break out, protesters threaten to boycott talks
Violent scuffles broke out in one of Hong Kong’s most famous and congested shopping districts on Friday, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters, forcing many to retreat. As news of the confrontation spread, more protesters headed for the gritty, bustling district of Mong Kok, considered one of the most crowded places on Earth, to reinforce. Tens of thousands have taken to Hong Kong’s streets in the past week to demand full democracy. Is this headed toward another Tiananmen Square showdown? We talk to Reggie Littlejohn who has dedicated herself to the freedom and human rights for the Chinese people.