Kresta in the Afternoon – August 5, 2015 – Hour 1

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+  150 North American Martyrs you should Know

  • Description: We’re all familiar with the stories of the Church’s most famous martyrs, such as St. Stephen or St. Maximilian Kolbe. But what about the martyrs here in North America, saints who died brining the Gospel to the New World? Brian O’Neel joins us with a quick look at 150 North American martyrs you should know.
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    • Brian O'Neel
      Brian O'Neel is the Communications Director for the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa. He's also a husband and father of six living in central Wisconsin. A Catholic writer and editor, he has edited books by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Archbishop Jose Gomez, as well as the Amazon best seller, Go to Joseph by the late Fr. Richard Gilsdorf. As a journalist, he has written over 150 articles for mostly Catholic periodicals. For 15 years, Brian also worked in politics on several US and state Senate races, on Capitol Hill, and in the California State Legislature, where he focused on pro-family and budget issues. It was in his capacity as a political aide and writer that Brian helped write the third to last speech ever given by late President Ronald Reagan.
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+  Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christians around the World are Responding to Persecution

  • Description: The Religous Freedom Project at Georgetown University is collaborating with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame in a three-year global research project to investigate religious freedom worldwide. The project is called Under Caesar’s Sword and will profile how Christian communities in China, Nigeria, Iraq and more than 30 other countries respond to severe violations of their religious liberty. We’ll hear all about it from project leader Daniel Philpott.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Daniel Philpott
      Daniel Philpott, a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, the director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame, and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's Religious Freedom Project, specializes in the relationship between religion and politics and Catholicism’s contributions to freedom and democracy. He has also participated in faith-inspired reconciliation efforts in some of the world’s worst conflict zones, including Kashmir and the Great Lakes region of Africa. Philpott is the author or editor of several books, including Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (2012); God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011, co-authored with Monica Toft and Timothy Shah); Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent Word (2010, edited with Gerard F. Powers); The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice (2006); and Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations (2001). He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
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