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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Mar. 27

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Mar. 27

4:00 – At Vatican Meeting, Pope Prods Obama on Freedom of Conscience
Pope Francis met with US President Barack Obama at the Vatican today. In a brief public statement released after the meeting, the Vatican indicated that in their 52-minute conversation, the Pontiff and the President had discussed international affairs, with the Pope stressing respect for international law and the desire for negotiated solutions to conflicts. However the Vatican statement also strongly emphasized concern for “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection”—an unmistakable reference to the Church’s concern about the Obama administration’s effort to impose mandatory contraceptive coverage in health-care programs. We talk to long-time Vatican analyst John Allen from the Boston Globe.

4:20 – Kresta Comments

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – Maggie Gallagher: Calling it Quits on Fighting Gay “Marriage”?
Maggie Gallagher co-founded the National Organization for Marriage, the leading advocacy group supporting traditional marriage. In a recent interview she said this: “I went into this fight, in good conscience, because I believed it mattered and that I had something to contribute. I did not promise myself I would win. I promised myself I would do everything I could see, to do this good, to fight for marriage as a universal human institution with certain goods and goals…One cannot do anything better with one’s life than stand up for what you deeply believe in, i.e, to speak truth, whether in power or to power. I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life.” Maggie joins us to talk about what this means – is she throwing in the towel?

5:40 – A “Year of Prayer” for a New Pentecost / MI Court Decisions on Homosexual Unions / St. Anne to be Patron Saint of Detroit
In our monthly interview with Detroit’s Archbishop Allen Vigneron we talk about the Archdiocese’ “Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost, the enthronement of St. Anne as the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Detroit, the recent court decisions on same-sex “marriage,” the AOD bringing 1,000 people into full communion with the Church this Easter.

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