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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Mar. 21

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Mar. 21

4:00 – Ukraine Military Concedes on Crimea as Russia Takes Hold
Ukraine said it plans to reinforce its eastern border with Russia and withdraw troops from Crimea, ceding control of the Black Sea peninsula as tensions remained high over Russian moves to annex the breakaway region. We look at the situation with George Weigel and also discuss the tensions between the Russian Orthodox clerics and Ukrainian Catholic clerics.

4:20 – Michele Obama In China – Plans to Not Raise Human Rights Issues
When Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing with her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, she was be the envy of Chinese women. She has what almost none of them have. Not only does she have two children—most urban Chinese are limited to one—but she has two daughters. Women and girls have been the primary victims of China’s thirty-five year long ‘war on women.’ Women who are pregnant with illegal children are targeted for abortion. Millions die each year. But Michelle Obama apparently intends to ignore all this. She plans to remain silent on human rights issues. We talk to Reggie Littlejohn who has been fighting for women’s rights in China for years.

4:40 – “The Son of God” – Another Opinion
In a recent article Dr. Monica Miller asks, Is Son of God a good movie about Jesus or should we look for another? Her response: “I am glad that the movie is out there, and I am glad that, in contrast to its negative reviews, audiences like the movie and are going to see it. I am glad, even grateful, that this movie does indeed treat Christ as the Son of God. But while believers can be grateful for this pious faith statement, as cinematic art it is an unremarkable movie and we should hope for something better.” Al disagrees and they discuss why.

5:00 – From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order
After the death of Blessed John Paul II and the election of Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI, a community of Sedevacantist religious women began a spiritual journey that would eventually lead to their petitioning the bishop of Spokane, WA for full communion with the Catholic Church. This extraordinarily bold step, of course, required prayerful discernment, ongoing study and much personal sacrifice. In June of 2008, their miracle of faith bore fruit when Sr. Mary Eucharista, SMMC, and numerous members of her community received a letter from Bishop Skylstad that formally approved the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church as a Public Association of the Faithful within the Diocese of Spokane, WA. We talk to Sr. Mary Eucharista about the journey.

5:40 – Ukraine Military Concedes on Crimea as Russia Takes Hold
Ukraine said it plans to reinforce its eastern border with Russia and withdraw troops from Crimea, ceding control of the Black Sea peninsula as tensions remained high over Russian moves to annex the breakaway region. We look at the situation with George Weigel and also discuss the tensions between the Russian Orthodox clerics and Ukrainian Catholic clerics.

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