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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 18, 2018 – Hour 1

+  New film brings Francis' words to life

  • Description: In the new film Francis: A Man of His Word, acclaimed director Wim Wenders chronicles the travels and teachings of Pope Francis, drawing direct comparisons to his Italian namesake. He sets out to connect the dots between the medieval friar and modern pope, examining the widespread appeal of both. Wim joins us.
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    • Wim Wenders
      Wim Wenders is a German filmmaker who has been directing films for nearly 50 years. He has received three Academy Award Nominations for Best Documentary and a BAFTA award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas. Many of his films have also been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival. His newest project is Francis: A Man of His Word. Visit him at wim-wenders.com and learn more about the film at popemovie.com.
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+  The Siege of Malta: What are the Lasting Effects? (2 segments)

  • Description: On May 18, 1565, the Siege of Malta began when the Ottoman Empire tried to invade the Island of Malta, which was held by the Christian Knights Hospitaller. The Knights withstood the siege until September of that year and the victory became one of the most celebrated events in 16th-Century Europe and helped reverse the European perception of Ottoman invincibility. Michael Greaney joins us with more.
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    • Michael Greaney
      Michael Greaney is Director of Research at the Center for Economic and Social Justice and the Director of Equity Expansion International. He's the author of Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know.
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    • Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know

      Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know offers readers richly detailed accounts of pivotal engagements many little known in the West in the centuries-long defense of Christendom against militant Islam. Join military historian Michael D. Greaney as, in gripping prose, he describes the struggle, primarily on Christendom s eastern borders, against the dreaded Ottoman Turks in places such as: Manzikert, which marked the beginning of the fight, Wallachia, where Vlad II, the real Dracula , carried out a personal crusade against the Turks to such  good effect that his name strikes terror down to the present day, Mohács, the Tomb of Hungary, Vienna (the siege of 1529), the first setback experienced by Süleymân the Magnificent, perhaps the greatest ruler the Ottoman Turks ever knew, Szigetvár (known as the Hungarian Alamo ), ...and five others. The accounts of battles are enlivened and expanded with historical footnotes and introductions. Though less well known than the struggle to retake Spain and Southern France, the battlefields of Armenia and Eastern and Central Europe were just as crucial to preserve Christendom. Includes 12 battle maps. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 18, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Marian Apparitions: The Who, What, When & Where of Visits from our Mother (full hour)

  • Description: When most of us think of Marian apparitions, we rightfully think of the incredible events at Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe. But those are by no means the only Marian apparitions – they’ve happened all over the world and have had astounding theological, spiritual and geopolitical consequences. As we continue our celebration of the month of Mary, Dr. Mark Miravalle joins us with an in-depth look at how Mary has appeared to us throughout the centuries.
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    • Dr. Mark Miravalle
      Dr. Mark Miravalle is known worldwide as one of the preeminent scholars on Mariology. He has taught at Franciscan University since 1986 and serves as president of the international Catholic movement Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, or Voice for the People of Mary. He is the author of several books including Meet Your Mother: A Brief Introduction to Mary and Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian Doctrine and Devotion
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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 17, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Just who was Tom Wolfe?

  • Description: Author and journalist Tom Wolfe passed away earlier this week. He's best known for his novels such as the Right Stuff, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, and his association with "New Journalism," a style of newswriting that uses literary techniques and styles. While he admitted he had left the faith, he was also one of the more enigmatic literary figures of the last century. We talk with David Forsmark.
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    • David Forsmark
      David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper. David was also the popular culture critic for Credo, a weekly newspaper "for Catholic and other Christians" where he became possibly the first Baptist to win 2 Catholic press awards. His work has also appeared in National Review Online, St. Austin Review and other publications. Visit davidforsmark.com
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+  Register Recap: No One Expects the Roman Inquisition (2 segments)

Kresta in the Afternoon – May 17, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Literary Connections between the Sacred Texts (full hour)

  • Description: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last night. While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Many people don’t realize how Jewish and Christian figures, including the Blessed Mother, as well as other religious imagery feature prominently in the Qur’an. But the Qu’ran contains almost no direct quotes – so how did its author discover these figures? We’ll take a closer look with Dr. Gabriel Reynolds.
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    • Dr. Gabriel Reynolds
      Gabriel Reynolds is a Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Christianity at Notre Dame, where his research focuses on the Quran and Muslim-Christian relations. He’s the author or editor of several books including The Quran and the Bible: Text and Commentary.
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    • The Qur'an and the Bible: Text and Commentary

      A groundbreaking comparative study that illuminates the connections between the Qur’ān and the Bible While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Noted religious scholar Gabriel Said Reynolds draws on centuries of Qur’ānic and Biblical studies to offer rigorous and revelatory commentary on how these holy books are intrinsically connected. Reynolds demonstrates how Jewish and Christian characters, imagery, and literary devices feature prominently in the Qur’ān, including stories of angels bowing before Adam and of Jesus speaking as an infant. This important contribution to religious studies features a full translation of the Qur’ān along with excerpts from the Jewish and Christian texts. It offers a clear analysis of the debates within the communities of religious scholars concerning the relationship of these scriptures, providing a new lens through which to view the powerful links that bond these three major religions. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 16, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Conversion: Essential Encounters with God

  • Description: What is Christian conversion? What leads a soul to return to God, reject sin and accept God’s Divine Mercy? And is there a “second conversion” that happens after the original decision to repent? We’ll look at the phenomenon of Christian conversion with Fr. Donald Haggerty.
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    • Fr. Donald Haggerty
      Fr Donald Haggerty is the author of Conversion: Spiritual Insights into Essential Encounter with God. A priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
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    • Conversion: Spiritual Insights Into an Essential Encounter with God

      Contemporary spiritual writer Fr. Donald Haggerty offers penetrating observations of the phenomenon of Christian conversion. Arranged as a collection of concise, meditative reflections, this book discusses the essential elements of a soul's return to God, including the repercussions of sin, the proper understanding of mercy, and the importance of a more radical response to God's will.   Fr. Haggerty also explores the fruits of conversion that make the difference between a mediocre relationship with God and a truly holy life. He identifies these special graces as love for the poor, simplicity of lifestyle, and devotion to the Eucharist. The author's treatment of a "second conversion" is a unique and thought-provoking contribution to his subject. The ever renewed invitation to embrace a deeper passion for God is the thematic undercurrent of this inspiring work. (learn more)

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+  Demanding Religious Liberty (2 segments)

  • Description: Since the Obergefell v Hodges decision in 2015, we’ve seen a full slate of religious liberty cases involving bakers, florists and photographers. Conscience rights have also taken center stage in the medical field as “Right to Die” advocates push for increased access to euthanasia. How should people of faith engage with the public square? How to we respond to officials who say religious liberty ends at your church’s front door? We’ll talk with Brandon O’Brien.
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    • Brandon O'Brien
      Brandon J. O'Brien is director of content and distribution for Redeemer City to City in Manhattan. He is coauthor, with E. Randolph Richards, of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes and Paul Behaving Badly, as well as the author of The Strategically Small Church and the new book Demanding Liberty: An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom
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    • Demanding Liberty: An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom

      Religious liberty is one of the most contentious political issues of our time. How should people of faith engage with the public square in a pluralist era? Some citizens hope to reclaim a more Christian vision of national identity, while others resist any religious presence at all. This dispute is not new, and it goes back to the founding era of American history. As the country was being formed, some envisioned a Christian nation where laws would require worship attendance and Sabbath observance. Others advocated for a thoroughly secular society where faith would have no place in public life. But neither extreme won the day, thanks to the unsung efforts of a Connecticut pastor who forged a middle way. Historian Brandon O'Brien unveils the untold story of how religious liberty came to be. Between the Scylla and Charybdis of theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way. He worked to secure religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just for one particular denomination or religious tradition. Backus's theological ideas had social consequences, giving us insights into how people of faith navigate political debates and work for the common good. Backus lived in an age of both religious revival and growing secularism, competing forces much like those at work today. Then and now, people fiercely argue about the role of government and the limits of liberty. The past speaks into the present as we continue to demand liberty and justice for all. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 16, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Literary Connections between the Sacred Texts (full hour)

  • Description: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last night. While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Many people don’t realize how Jewish and Christian figures, including the Blessed Mother, as well as other religious imagery feature prominently in the Qur’an. But the Qu’ran contains almost no direct quotes – so how did its author discover these figures? We’ll take a closer look with Dr. Gabriel Reynolds.
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    • Dr. Gabriel Reynolds
      Gabriel Reynolds is a Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Christianity at Notre Dame, where his research focuses on the Quran and Muslim-Christian relations. He’s the author or editor of several books including The Quran and the Bible: Text and Commentary.
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    • The Qur'an and the Bible: Text and Commentary

      A groundbreaking comparative study that illuminates the connections between the Qur’ān and the Bible While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Noted religious scholar Gabriel Said Reynolds draws on centuries of Qur’ānic and Biblical studies to offer rigorous and revelatory commentary on how these holy books are intrinsically connected. Reynolds demonstrates how Jewish and Christian characters, imagery, and literary devices feature prominently in the Qur’ān, including stories of angels bowing before Adam and of Jesus speaking as an infant. This important contribution to religious studies features a full translation of the Qur’ān along with excerpts from the Jewish and Christian texts. It offers a clear analysis of the debates within the communities of religious scholars concerning the relationship of these scriptures, providing a new lens through which to view the powerful links that bond these three major religions. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 15, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Violence against Christians Continues in Nigeria

+  "These Bombs led me to Christ" (2 segments)

  • Description: The Napalm Girl is one of the most iconic and chilling photographs ever taken. It shows a young girl shrieking in fear and pain, arms outstretched, a dark cloud of napalm billowing in the background. That girl, Kim Phuc, survived the blast and all these years later can say that the bombs led her to Christ. She joins us.
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    • Kim Phuc Phan Thi
      Kim Phuc is the founder of the Kim Foundation International in Ontario and a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador. She is the author of Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace. Visit kimfoundation.com.
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    • Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace

      This title is temporarily out of stock but may be purchased through Amazon Smile at the link above, and Ave Maria Radio will receive a portion of the proceeds.  Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now! These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames―before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death. Against all odds, Kim lived―but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country’s freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul? Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant―and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God’s mercy and love. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 15, 2018 – Hour 2

+  How are Jerusalem’s Christians Reacting to the Embassy Move?

  • Description: The United States officially moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem yesterday. The decision has been highly divisive, and protests yesterday in Gaza exploded into violence that left dozens dead. What does the local Christian population think? We’ll get a live look-in from Steve Ray, who is on the scene.
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    • Steve Ray
      Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 130 times. He also writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International Visit catholic-convert.com and footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com
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+  Healing Family Breakdown (2 segments)

  • Description: Every family in America has been affected by the breakdown of the family. The culture that promotes divorce, hook-ups, cohabitation, abortion and pornography has left countless broken families in its wake. We'll talk with Jennifer Roback Morse about healing family breakdown and an upcoming workshop in Ann Arbor that addresses this issue.
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    • Jennifer Roback Morse
      Dr Jennifer Roback Morse is the founder of the Ruth Institute and the author of four books, including "The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims." She has spoken around the world on marriage, family and human sexuality. Visit ruthinstitute.org and register for her workshop this Saturday in Ann Abor at Stthomasannarbor.org.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 14, 2018 – Hour 1

+  US Officially Moves Embassy to Jerusalem

+  One Doctor, One Hospital, One Million Patients (2 segments)

  • Description: Dr. Tom Catena is on-call 24/7, serving the sick and injured of Sudan's Nuba region. How does he do it? “I take my role model as Jesus Christ. I think Christ is really calling us to give up our baggage -- whatever it is." His incredible work is the subject of a new documentary – the Heart of Nuba. We’ll talk with producer Ken Carlson.
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    • Ken Carlson
      Kenneth A. Carlson directed and produced feature length documentary, THE HEART OF NUBA, profiling the courageous and selfless efforts of Dr. Tom Catena, the sole doctor for a million patients in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Last June Tom Catena was recognized as Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. Visit theheartofnuba.com
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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 14, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: Easter is incomplete without the Ascension

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    • Upward: Faith, Church, and the Ascension of Christ

      The ascension of Christ is usually taken for granted and often neglected.  Indeed, it represents that forgotten dimension of faith in its reach beyond the categories, concepts, and concerns of our mundane existence, even in the church. This book is written with the conviction that there are further riches to be discovered.  Christ’s ascension indelibly marks the limitless horizon of Christian life. It reminds us that the mission of evangelization is unconfined, always moving beyond, upward, outward, in the vitality of the risen Christ who already occupies every dimension of time and space.  Properly understood, the ascension is a fundamental aspect of the catholicity of faith and enables it to breathe more deeply in its experience of “the boundless riches of Christ” (Eph 3:9). (learn more)

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    • Ascension & Ecclesia : On the Significance of the Doctrine of Ascension

      Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meanings and implications of the ascension of Jesus. / Professor Farrow makes his approach through the scriptures, the eucharistic liturgy, the fathers and the reformers, before tracing his subject into modern times. He not only demonstrates that the doctrine of the ascension has played a much larger role in the history of Christian and western thought than is generally realized, but tackles many of the difficult questions others have been content to ignore. (learn more)

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    • Ascension Theology

      Ascension Theology places the doctrine of the ascension in the context of the biblical narrative of descent and ascent, in order to shed light on 'the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' and on the eucharistic community that hears and answers that call. It is a book for the Church as well as the academy. Ascension Theology also offers a contemporary account of the Eucharist itself. It addresses the relation of the heavenly session of Christ to the conflicting currents of the present age, and the transformation to the life of the world to come. Specialist and non-specialist alike will find much to ponder in its traditional yet controversial claims. (learn more)

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+  Grief Counselor recounts his experience with Malaysia Flight 370

  • Description: On March 8, 2014, families of passengers aboard MH370 went to the Beijing Airport pick up their loved ones and saw "delay" on the arrival boards. Within the hour, they were instructed to gather at a hotel conference room because the plane had disappeared from radar. This story has always been a favorite of ours as an example of News as Entertainment – CNN devoted weeks of coverage to the story despite knowing next to nothing, On Day 31, the network ran a segment with the headline “families frustrated by media coverage” – they didn’t seem to see the irony. Paul Yin, a prominent Chinese psychologist, spent the ensuing months with the families of the victims, helping them with their grief. His story is detailed in a new memoir with Trina Kraus, who joins us today.
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    • Trina Kraus
      Trina Kraus is the co-author of Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. She has taught high school English for seventeen years in Pennsylvania and Washington. She is also a proud wife of a decorated U.S. Army veteran. Please visit her blog at trinaakraus.com to enjoy some tips from the heart of an English teacher who has cared deeply for her students and believes in making the world a better place through education.
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    • Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

      On March 8, 2014, families of passengers aboard MH370 went to the Beijing Airport pick up their loved ones and saw "delay" on the arrival boards. Within the hour, they were instructed to gather at a hotel conference room because the plane had disappeared from radar. Paul Yin immediately orchestrated counseling for all those involved by connecting them to insurance/EAP if they had it, trained counselors on the spot, and conducted his own sessions. He was the face on all the newscasts (CNN, Anderson Cooper, NBC, and many other international news outlets) as an advocate for the families. Paul's memoir details the events of his life, including his fight to change the culture of China in regards to the field of psychology, that led him to play that prominent role in one of the most devastating and mystifying tragedies leaving a wound felt by everyone around the world. (learn more)

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+  Will the Iran Sanctions Effect the Economy?

  • Description: When the US pulled out of the Iran deal, it reimposed economic sanctions on the country. What impact will these sanctions have on the US and Global markets? Brian Milligan joins us with a look at this and other economic news.
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    • Brian Milligan
      Brian is lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Growth Fund. He is also a research analyst responsible for equity research functions for the Firm with a focus on growth companies. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Brian was an analyst with Standard & Poor’s. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trine University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Business Administration degree. Visit avemariafunds.com