As Al joins with the staff and listeners of Ave Maria Radio this week in the Spring 2007 Membership Drive to raise the funds necessary to continue this programming, we hope you enjoy the Best of Kresta in the Afternoon.
First Segment - Greeting Islam
Late last year Pope Benedict visited Turkey to meet with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I. But this trip took on a new significance following the Muslim outrage over the Holy Father’s Regensburg address. Our Vatican correspondent, Joan Lewis, was in Istanbul with the Pope and weighed in on the importance of this trip and the message Benedict brought.
Second Segment - The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
They were three "middle managers" no one imagined could reach the top, but the changed the course of history. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. Not only did they rise to the top, but all three of them also survived assassination attempts, collaborated in the miraculous peaceful liberation of Eastern Europe from Soviet Communism, and reinvigorated their respective countries and the West. They were beacons of optimism cutting through the malaise and despair that afflicted 1970s America, strike-ridden and economically moribund post-imperial Britain, and a Catholic Church rocked by social and sexual revolutions. We talk with John O’Sullivan about these three who changed the world.