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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Apr. 23

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Apr. 23

4:00 – Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre
Last week we remembered that anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln – April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford’s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, “Burn the place down!” But there is an untold story – the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. Thomas Bogar is here to tell that story.

4:40 – Pope Johh XXIII: Overlooked in This Week’s Canonizations?
Published in the 50th anniversary year of the historic Vatican Council II, The Good Pope by Greg Tobin is the first major biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally beloved religious leader who ushered in an era of hope and openness in the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been accepted, would have enabled the church to avoid many of the major crises it faces today. Tobin offers a timely and important investigation into the history of the Catholic Church, and a celebration of one of its true heroes.

5:00 – Strength and Solidarity at the 118th Boston Marathon
Laurie Kearney, 47, of San Diego had already planned to run in the Boston Marathon for the 19th time before the terrorist bombs exploded a year ago — abruptly ending the iconic event with bloodshed, death and terror. However, she said the attack motivated some of her San Diego friends to qualify for this year’s marathon “as a show of strength and support that the bad guys weren’t going to take away this race.” At Mass in a nearby chapel after her run, Kearney thanked God that she and her husband had a safe race, there were no “major catastrophes” and that Meb Keflezighi, a Californian by way of Eritrea, won. We talk to Justin Bell of the National Catholic Register who reported on the bombing then and now

5:20 – Kresta Comments: The Encyclicals of Pope John Paul the Great

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