Talking about the "things that matter most" on Nov. 30
4:00 - A Victory in the War on Christmas: Nativity Display Will Stay in Warren, MI
After four years of litigation by the Thomas More Law Center, John Satawa will once again be able to erect a Nativity display on a public median in Warren, Michigan—a tradition that his family and neighbors have been observing every Christmas since 1945. The Nativity display had been erected and maintained by members of the Satawa family and their neighbors every Christmas since 1945 without a single complaint. However, in December 2008 the Macomb County Road Commission received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation which claimed the presence of the Nativity display on the public median violated the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center joins us.
4:20 – Kresta Comments
4:40 – Massive Human Trafficking Ring Broken Up By Feds
Authorities on Tuesday broke up a $7 million, three-state prostitution and money laundering ring, rescuing two human trafficking victims and arresting more than a dozen people. The crackdown was the result of a 16-month investigation. So far, 17 people have been arrested in connection with running the prostitution ring. We talk to Linda Smith, Founder of Shared Hope International which exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis about a recent report they released which analyzes how effective different states are in combating human trafficking.
5:00 – 10 Things You Need To Know About Advent
Advent begins this Sunday. Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church's official documents actually say about Advent? Jimmy Akin is here with some basic questions and (official!) answers about Advent. Some of the answers are surprising!
5:20 – Lincoln / The Life of Pi / Rise of the Guardians
It’s holiday time and that – among many things – means opportunities to head to the movie theater. Film critic Steven Greydanus is here to look at Lincoln, The Life of Pi, The Rise of the Guardians and more.
VATICAN CITY — The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education.
On Friday, Bono spent nearly an hour speaking with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, according to Vatican Radio.
Drop the Debt was an effort to persuade first-world nations to forgive the debt owed them by the poorest countries. The success of that effort has made possible “an extra 52 million children going to school,” Bono told Vatican Radio, since governments were able to use the money they would have had to pay back for investment in schools.
Bono said the Church deserves “incredible credit” for its role in securing debt forgiveness and that Catholics should be made aware of how their faith was central in the efforts.
Jubilee years are celebrations of God's mercy, the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation, and they are rooted in Jewish tradition.
The Jewish tradition of jubilee years was that in every 50th year slaves and prisoners were freed. Debts were also forgiven, which is why the Great Jubilee of 2000 was an opportune time for the Church to advocate forgiveness of foreign debt.
Pope John Paul II met with Bono on the eve of the Jubilee Year to discuss the debt campaign, and, shortly after his death, Bono recalled that “we would never have gotten the debts of 23 countries completely canceled without him.”
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace promotes the Church's social teaching to advance justice and harmony the world over. Bono and Cardinal Turkson were looking forward to further collaboration on development and foreign aid.
Bono told Vatican Radio, “I just think the Church hasn’t done a good job yet of telling people what they’ve achieved, and we were just trying to figure out how best to do that.”