Kresta in the Afternoon – February 13, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Pope Francis and the Cardinal Mindszenty Treatment in China

  • Description: Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was a hero of the Cold War who was an outspoken voice against Communism in Hungary. But in 1973 he was stripped of his titles and his post was vacated. Communists were thrilled, seeing it as a slap in the face to his movement. Tragically, the current situation in China bears striking similarities to Cardinal Mindszenty's story. We'll get more from Paul Kengor.
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    • Dr. Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. His latest book is A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.
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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)

+  How the Lenten Journal can help you grow in Virtue

  • Description: The season of Lent is the time to renew your desire to be a disciple of Christ. The three forms of penance—fasting, praying, almsgiving—are a means for you to hear, look upon, and touch Him. It’s an opportunity to ask yourself, "Have I heard Him?", "Have I seen Him", "Have I touched Him?" Sr. John Dominic joins us with more.
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+  Why Did Jesus Fast for 40 Days in the Desert?

  • Description: Most people know that Lent lasts 40 days to unite with Jesus' 40 days fasting in the desert. But why did Jesus fast for 40 days, instead of a different period of time? We'll talk with Gary Michuta.
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    • Gary Michuta
      Gary Michuta is the author of several books including Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger and How to Wolf-Proof your Kids. He's a frequent guest on Catholic Radio and the creator of the Hands On Apologetics website. Visit and
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