Kresta in the Afternoon – May 22, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Fr. Emil Kapaun – Died May 23, 1951

    Father Emil Kapaun was serving as a chaplain in Korea in 1950. On November 2 he was taken as a prisoner of war. In the seven months that followed, Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color or creed. To this there is testimony of men of all faiths. His biographer and postulator of his cause for canonization, Fr. John Hotze joins us.

    Second Topic - Shroud Researchers: “It’s a miracle”

    An American researcher has convinced Oxford University scientists to reconsider a test that had cast doubts on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. After carbon-14 testing on a fragment from the Shroud, an Oxford team announced in 1989 that the cloth was only about 600- 7000 years old. That result undermined claims that the cloth was used for Christ's burial. Now, in what shroud enthusiasts consider to be a minor miracle, John Jackson, a physicist who has become a leading authority on the Shroud, has persuaded the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit to undertake new studies, to determine whether the 1989 testing was flawed. We look at the issue.

    Third Topic – The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes

    Perhaps we are drawn to detective stories because they represent our hunger to solve the ultimate spiritual mysteries of humankind. "After all, if the sleuth can discover the darkest and most guarded and protected stories within the human heart, can that of God's inscrutable will be far behind?" suggests parish minister and author Stephen Kendrick. On the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we look at how Sherlock Holmes's crime-solving methods of attention and observation can indeed help us solve and understand our own spiritual mysteries. Kendrick is with us to look at “The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes.”

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