Kresta in the Afternoon – October 13, 2017 – Hour 1

  • Description: Today is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun and the Blessed Mother’s final apparition at Fatima. We’ve got some great guests lined up and we’ll spend the whole day exploring the theological, spiritual, social and political implications of this miraculous event.

+  Fatima, the Pope and the President  

  • Description: On June 6, 1987 Ronald Reagan was en route to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II to discuss their plans to defeat Soviet-style communism. He had been hearing about a small village in Portugal called Fatima and decided to see it for himself. Paul Kengor joins us with the story.
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    • Dr. Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is the Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College and a Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institute on War, Revolution and Peace. He's the author of many books and a frequent public speaker and contributor to TV and radio news. Visit
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    • A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century

      A Singular Bond That Changed History Even as historians credit ­Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. Acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond—which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president—that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism. Reagan and John Paul II almost didn’t have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. But their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together—to Moscow’s dismay. A Pope and a President is the product of years of research. Based on Kengor’s tireless archival digging and his unique access to Reagan insiders, the book reveals:

      • The inside story on the 1982 meeting where the president and the pope confided their conviction that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism
      • Captivating new information on the attempt on John Paul II’s life, including a ­previously unreported secret CIA investigation—was Moscow behind the plot?
      • The many similarities and the spiritual bond between the pope and the president—and how Reagan privately spoke of the “DP”: the Divine Plan to take down communism
      • New details about how the Protestant Reagan became intensely interested in the “secrets of Fátima,” which date to the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal, starting on May 13, 1917—­sixty-four years to the day before John Paul II was shot
      • A startling insider account of how the USSR may have been set to invade the pope’s native Poland in March 1981—only to pull back when news broke that Reagan had been shot
      Nancy Reagan called John Paul II her husband’s “closest friend”; Reagan himself told Polish visitors that the pope was his “best friend.” When you read this book, you will understand why. As kindred spirits, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II united in pursuit of a supreme objective—and in doing so they changed history. (learn more)

+  What Happened at Fatima and Why (2 segments)

  • Description: Everyone has heard of the Fatima apparitions, but many people don’t know the details of exactly what happened. Who was the Angel of Peace? How many times did the Blessed Mother appear? What are the “Secrets” and “Message” of Fatima, and where do they fit into the story? We’ll talk with John Preiss.
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    • John Preiss
      John is the President of the Fatima Family Apostolate.
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    • The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima

      A century old eternally new. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. The message of Fatima reflects all the teachings of the Catholic faith. It s a message so simple that children could understand it yet one so rich that theologians are still mining its depths. In The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima, author John C. Preiss describes in clear detail the Blessed Mother's appearances to Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now the Church's youngest canonized saints) and shares the background, sights, and sounds that draw you into the events as they unfolded over the course of the twentieth century. More than just a history lesson about the apparitions, The Miracle and the Message shows us how to claim the message in our own lives and fully embrace what Mary offers the Church and the World. Whether you know little about what happened in Fatima and want to learn more, or you already have a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, you will love The Miracle and the Message. Includes eight pages of photos. (learn more)

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