Kresta in the Afternoon – May 30, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Engaging Vietnam on Religious Freedom

  • Description: Vietnam is one of two remaining Communist nations in Southeast Asia, the other being Laos. As a Communist nation, it has traditionally been hostile toward the public practice of religion, which it sees as an obstacle to the Party's rule. But things may be changing. As China's influence grows, Vietnam is looking to build relations with other regional powers - and that means a shift in its approach to religious practice. James Chen of the Institute for Global Engagement joins us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • James Chen
      James Chen is the Executive Director at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). James first joined IGE in 2011, serving as a Program Officer and the Vice President for Programs before assuming his current role. His work for IGE in engaging both government and civil society has taken him to northern Iraq, Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and Singapore. Prior to joining IGE, he was a Research Associate and Academic Resources Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Visit
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+  Living our Faith "Beyond Sunday" (2 segments)

  • Description: We often say that ministries like Catholic radio are for those whose faith demands ‘more than Sunday.’ What does it mean to have a faith that extends beyond an hour at Mass every week? We talk with Teresa Tomeo.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Teresa Tomeo
      Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio and also spent 20 years as a reporter and anchor in Detroit news media. She is a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and the author of several books. Her newest book is Beyond Me, My Selfie and I. Teresa is also the host of The Catholic View for Women on EWTN. Visit
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    • Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic

      Ready to go Beyond Sunday? Countless Catholics settle for a faith that doesn't go farther than the Sunday Mass. While essential, dedicating one hour of our lives to Sunday Mass alone won't satisfy our deep longing for more. In order to grow in relationship with God and find purpose and meaning, we must integrate our faith into our lives daily. Why Not Start Today?   In Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic, radio host Teresa Tomeo gets real about what it takes to live a distinctly Catholic way of life. With personal stories and research, this book offers practical tips for seekers in any stage of faith. Beyond Sunday invites readers to pursue an exceptional way of life with steadfast faith every day of the week. Don't Forget the Study Guide!  (learn more)

    • Beyond Sunday Study Guide

      The Beyond Sunday Study Guide is the companion to Teresa Tomeo's Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic. This eight-week study guide is designed to help you live your faith beyond Sunday in your everyday life, with a community of people seeking growth in faith alongside you. Each week provides prayers, reflection questions, a holy habits challenge, the story of an inspirational person or saint, and lined pages for your notes. This is just the beginning of your journey to a richly rewarding life of faith. (learn more)

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