Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Memories of John Paul II on the Anniversary of his Funeral (full hour)

  • Description: It’s hard to believe it’s already been 14 years since we said goodbye to Pope John Paul II. The anniversary of his death was last Tuesday, and today marks the anniversary of his funeral. At the time it was the single largest gathering in history of heads of state outside of the United Nations, surpassing the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. Attendees included four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers and 14 leaders of other religions. It’s also one of the largest single gatherings of Christians in history, with an estimated four million lay Catholics gathering in Rome alone. We mark the anniversary by talking with George Weigel about his unique friendship with John Paul II and his favorite memories of the scholar who became a saint.
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    • Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

      A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering. A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope. (learn more)

    • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

      The Definitive Biography of Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures -- some might argue the singular figure -- of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics -- and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger. The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial yet insufficiently explored role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. This updated edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more -- and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world. (learn more)

    • Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

      The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its history. As the curtain comes down on the Church of the 16th-century Counter-Reformation, it rises on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that will send the faithful into mission territory every day—a territory increasingly defined by spiritual boredom and aggressive secularism. In Evangelical Catholicism, Catholic theologian George Weigel proposes a program of faith-based reform that confronts these challenges head on. An urgent call to arms, Evangelical Catholicism reminds Catholics of the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized and of the joy and courage that comes from living on this side of the Resurrection. (learn more)

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