Kresta in the Afternoon – March 25, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Pope Baptizes Prominent Italian Muslim

    Pope Benedict, celebrating the Easter Vigil in Rome, baptized seven adults, including a Muslim convert who is one of Italy's top intellectuals. Magdi Allam is a fierce critic of Islamic extremism and also a strong supporter of Israel. His conversion came two days after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused the Pope of being a part of a new crusade against Islam. The Vatican, meanwhile, is trying to quell criticism from the Islamic world about Allam's conversion. The move shocked Italy's Muslim community and some leaders are questioning why the Vatican chose to give the conversion such a high profile. Allam is now said to be constantly protected by a police escort because of threats he has received. His conversion to Christianity was disclosed by the Vatican less than an hour before the Easter eve service began. We dissect these latest developments in Catholic / Muslim relations with Robert Spencer

    Second Topic – Prominent Catholic Leaders For Clinton and Obama

    In the last week we have encountered two prominent Catholic leaders endorsing Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama respectively. Former Mayor of Boston and Vatican Ambassador Ray Flynn for Clinton and Former Dean of the Catholic University of America Law School Doug Kmiec for Obama. Both have been regular guests on this program and both are on the side of the angels when it comes to abortion, gay marriage, and more. What happened?

    Third Topic – Chinese Fire on Tibetian Protesters - Beijing Boycott?

    Chinese police opened fire on hundreds of monks, nuns and Tibetans who tried to march on a local government office in western China yesterday to demand the return of the Dalai Lama. With each day of violent crack-down on dissent, the chorus of voices suggesting a boycott of at least a part of the Beijing Olympics grows. We explore the situation

    Fourth Topic – Lennon Center To Honor Teresa Tomeo

    We talk to Nina Bryhn, vice-president of the board of directors for the Lennon Center, a Dearborn Heights-based crisis pregnancy center that will be honoring Teresa Tomeo this week with the Family First Award.

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