Kresta in the Afternoon – November 16, 2009 – Hour 1

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    Live from the USCCB Fall Meeting in Baltimore, MD

    First Topic – The Year for Priests / St. John Vianney

    Pope Benedict XVI opened the “Year for Priests” in June, with the theme “Faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests.” The year also marks the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, known as the “Curé of Ars.” The prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, is encouraging local dioceses and parishes to plan events that will “celebrate and show appreciation for priests.” As a key contribution to the celebration, a new theatrical drama, “Vianney,” has launched a worldwide tour. The play focuses on the question, “What is a priest?” and tells the story of St. John Vianney, whose exemplary life was so remarkable that the Pope has named him the patron of this jubilee year, and will, at the close of the year, declare him the patron of all the priests of the world. The drama, starring actor and film director Leonardo Defilippis, will be performed tonight for the Bishops here at the USCCB meeting in Baltimore. We talk with Leonardo.

    Second Topic – TBA

    Third Topic – Vatican Looking at Possibility of Alien Life

    E.T. phone Rome. The Vatican spent the last week studying the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and its implication for the Catholic Church. "The questions of life's origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very suitable and deserve serious consideration," said the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory. Father Funes, a Jesuit priest, last week presented the results of a five-day conference, which was attended by astronomers, physicists, biologists and other specialists to discuss the budding field of astrobiology - the study of the origin of life and its existence elsewhere in the cosmos. Ben Wiker, author of “Alien Ideas: Christianity and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life,” is with us.

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