Kresta in the Afternoon – April 17, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Pope Francis’ Post-Pandemic Vision

  • Description: In an article published this morning in a Spanish magazine, Pope Francis laid out his vision for a post-COVID world. Entitled “a plan to rise again,” the message calls for renewed solidarity in the unity of the Holy Spirit, which he said cannot be confined in its work of “making all things new.” Joan Lewis joins us from Rome.
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    • Joan Lewis
      Joan Lewis is the Rome Bureau Chief Emeritus for EWTN and was named EWTN’s first Rome Bureau Chief in 2005. She is the host of the weekend radio program Vatican Insider, providing listeners around the world with an up-close view of the latest events coming out of the Papacy and the Vatican. Follow her on twitter @joansrome and visit her at blog at
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+  Fulton Sheen: The Man Behind the Camera

  • Description: Archbishop Fulton Sheen is best known for his television show and unfortunately, more recently for the court battle over his remains. Behind this global television personality lay a man of deep prayer, generosity and missionary spirit. His niece Joan Sheen Cunningham joins us.
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    • Joan Sheen Cunningham
      Joan Sheen Cunningham is the niece of Fulton Sheen and the co-author of My Uncle Fulton Sheen
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    • My Uncle Fulton Sheen

      Joan Sheen Cunningham was happily growing up with her family in Illinois when her uncle Bishop Fulton Sheen offered her the opportunity of a lifetime: to attend a private school in New York City. With the blessing of her parents, she eagerly accepted, and Fulton Sheen became a second father, a role model, and a lifelong friend. In this memoir, Joan describes many formative experiences she had with Fulton Sheen—from shopping for a winter coat to meeting Al Smith, the governor of New York. She fondly recollects how her uncle guided her courtship, helped her and her new husband find an apartment, and baptized their children and grandchildren. Sheen is most known for his popular television show, Life Is Worth Living. The Sheen that Joan presents, however, is not only a polished television personality, but a man of prayer, generosity, and missionary zeal who interacted with countless people from all walks of life. In one story after another, she illustrates that this great man's chief concern was sharing the mercy of God with everyone. (learn more)

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    • The Lord and His Prayer

      In this book of pastoral reflections N.T. Wright explores how the Lord's Prayer sums up what Jesus was all about in his first-century setting. Wright locates the Lord's Prayer, clause by clause, within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the prayer's devotional application to grow out of its historical context. The result is a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer. This deeply devotional book will refresh and stimulate the heart and mind of any reader. (learn more)

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