Kresta in the Afternoon – August 10, 2020 – Hour 1

+  The Feast of St Dominic

+  American Killed in Pakistan is Latest Example of the Country's Blasphemy Law Problem

  • Description: The United States is urging Pakistan to overhaul its harsh blasphemy laws following the murder of Tahir Ahmad Naseem, an American who was shot and killed while on trial in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. The gunman was heard to shout "He is an enemy of Islam. He is an enemy of Pakistan." We look at Pakistan's blasphemy law problem with Raymond Ibrahim, who also discusses the dubious story of a Coptic Christian woman who was kidnapped.
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    • Raymond Ibrahim
      Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. His books include “Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West" and "The Al Qaeda Reader.” He provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. He was born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East and is fluent in English and Arabic. Visit Raymondibrahim.com
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+  Chinese Catholic Exec Arrested in Hong Kong for ‘Collusion With Foreign Powers’

  • Description: Hong Kong police have arrested Catholic business tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying under the city’s new national security law — the first high-profile casualty of the controversial ruling that Beijing imposed in June. A leading pro-democracy activist and a strong critic of Beijing’s human-rights policies, Lai was detained for “collusion with foreign powers." Edward Pentin has the details.
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    • Edward Pentin
      Edward Pentin is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He's the author most recently of The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates and has reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin
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    • The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates

      When Pope Francis' pontificate has passed, it's very likely that one of the nineteen cardinals featured in these pages will be elected to become the next Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, the spiritual leader of over a billion Catholics and the most influential and widely respected moral and religious figure in the world. Yet outside the Vatican walls, despite the considerable roles that some of these men play in the Church and in the world, few of them are known by the public or even by their brother cardinals. Hence this book, an engrossing and thoroughly documented instrument through which a future pope may be known in that sphere that matters most: his life and service, first as a priest, and then as a bishop. Written by the National Catholic Register's longtime Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, in collaboration with an international team of qualified scholars, these encyclopaedic pages present you with the fruit of years of research. Each cardinal profile begins with a brief biography that sketches the major points of his ecclesiastical life. Then comes a detailed, richly footnoted report and assessment of his three fundamental roles as a successor to the apostles: his sanctifying role as a priest, his governing role as a bishop, and his prophetic role as a teacher. As an important bonus, these pages also carefully document many of the candidates' published views on moral and theological issues currently debated in the Church and in the public arena, as such views often reveal most efficiently the individual s true character and deepest held beliefs. Finally, each profile concludes with a summary, recapitulating the main points brought to light by the thorough research, giving readers and tomorrow's cardinal electors a fair and accurate picture of the man who may soon become The Next Pope. (learn more)

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