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July 3, 2014 – Ralph Martin and Patricia Ann Kasten

Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net

With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com

May 07, 2014 – Fr. John McDonald

Christine Watkins interviews Fr. John McDonald, director of Catholic education at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, president of John Carroll Catholic High School, and associate pastor at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church–ie. busy! Fr. John speaks of the immeasurable value of the inner life and how to cultivate it in both adults and in the youth. In April of 2005, while Fr. John was still in the seminary, he was called upon to read the second reading during the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II. It was at this moment when the whole world heard his special South Alabama accent.

April 21, 2014 – “The Church of Mercy”

“The Holy Father just released a book entitled “The Church of Mercy.” In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances begin a series of discussions on the importance of the message of Mercy in the Church today. They begin by focusing on the upcoming event of Divine Mercy Sunday, and then move forward in time to both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and what they both had to say about the gift of Mercy that we receive from God. They then discuss our current Holy Father’s book about Mercy, and one of the sources of his inspiration for this book, a certain German Theologian and Cardinal named Walter Kasper, who himself wrote a book simply titled “Mercy.” It is a book that our Holy Father Francis strongly endorsed and from which he drew a great deal of insight for his own book. Mark and Frances go on to discuss a number of Saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux, and Saint Faustina, and what they had to say about God’s great Mercy. This is a message which is so important for us to hear today, especially in light of a world that so often struggles with the loss of Hope and the onslaught of despair. Mark and Frances will continue this important message through the Easter Season.”

June 12, 2013 – An Introduction to Medjugorje

In our world today, there can be found considerable skepticism, doubt and even disbelief that supernatural things, things from heaven, can occur here on earth. This also can be our reaction when we hear reports of Our Lady’s visit to Medjugorje. However, I invite listeners to consider the background to these events, and other facts, with an open mind and heart, before coming to their own conclusion. In this program I discuss when the apparitions began and what the vililage of Medjugorje was like at the time. You will also hear a little about the visionaries and the reason Our Lady is coming to us. I excerpt from a report given, at Our Lady’s request, by Fr. Tomislav Vlasic to the Pope John Paul II in 1983 or 1984. Finally, I conclude with some facts about today, for example the graciousness of the villagers despite their community being inundated with pilgrms. The villagers themselves give powerful witness to appearance of Our Lady their.

May 08, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss THE APPARITIONS AT FATIMA and the relevance for today and through the years. St.Padre Pio and Bl. Pope John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima; Why the Rosary, Why the Brown Scapular and Five First Saturdays requested for the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart? Why is it important for her Immaculate Heart to Triumph? Why did she request the Consecration of the world to Her Immaculate Heart and what was happening in the world in 1917 and continues to this day? What Is their a healing dimension of Fatima? Call in with your comments and questions.

May 06, 2013

This particular program discusses the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, which is celebrated each year on 1 May. Mark and Frances explore the history of this important devotion, and how it was designed to counter the negative affects of atheistic Communism. They draw from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical ‘On Human Work,’ in order to explain the inherent dignity of work and the way in which it allows us to both participate in our own salvation and participate in the act of creation along with God. They also discuss the details of our most important work, the work of prayer. Not only can our daily work, whether in home or factory, itself become prayer, but we must also do the work of prayer through, with and in God.

January 14, 2013 – Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They discuss the “Living in Love” marriage program that Deacon and Paullette have been teaching in their diocese. The discussion includes how to approach marriage as a proactive “vocation”, how to love “smarter”, being “spiritually naked” in prayer, relating rather than debating, anger, being a couple “first” and being a “living” sign. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides the inspiration and motivation to live a life of total mutual self-donation. Conjugal spirituality is a sacramental couple’s way of loving.

October 20, 2012 – The Twentieth Century and Today

Great Catholic Converts and Catholic literary revival: from Chesterton to the Royal Family (and the recent changes in Royal succession); Beatifications and Canonizations of Catholic Martyrs from 1535 to 1681 by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II; Pope Benedict XVI and England–his outreach to “groups of Anglicans” with the Personal Ordinariate; his visit to England and the beatification of John Henry Newman

July 30, 2012 – Staint Raphael Kalinowski

On this program Mark and Frances speak about the great Ploish Staint Raphael Kalinowski. St. Kalinowski was the boyhood hero of Pope John Paul II. He is noted primarily for his teaching on prayer and the need to find solitude in order to deepen our prayer life. St. Kalnowski spent 10 years in Siberia, as a result of his participation in a political uprising against Russia. This experience only deepened his understanding of the need for a personal and consistent prayer life. He also led efforts to rebuild the Carmelite Order in Poland.

February 23, 2012 – Andreas Widmer

Ken talks with author Andreas Widmer author of The Pope & The CEO – John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard (Emmaus Road Publishing) Andreas Widmer was a member of the Papal Swiss Guard in the 1980’s and had personal contact with Pope John Paul II on a regular basis. He was able to observer how John Paul II interacted with those around him and has applied the lessons he learned to his current work as an entrepreneur. Visit Andreas’s website www.thepopeandtheceo.com where you can find a number of photos and videos. The book can be purchased at: http://www.emmausroad.org/The-Pope-and-The-CEO-P11306.aspx

November 3, 2011 – Marcel LeJeune

Ken talks with Marcel LeJeune about his book Set Free to Love – Lives Changed by the Theology of the Body (published by Servant Books) Marcel tells you the stories of lives transformed by Pope John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body.  Here you will find stories from Catholics in all walks of life – college students, married persons, and clergy. Each reveals how following teachings of the Theology of the Body brought about extraordinary change. If you are interested in writing to Marcel, find out more about his speaking engagements, or if you want to contact him to speak to your group, please visit www.TheCatholicEvangelist.com  His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16940

May 5, 2011 – John Paul II, a Pope for Mary I

This is the first in a two part series in which John Paul II and his relationship with Mary is discussed.

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Radio Maria will be broadcasting the Beatification of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday (May 1) at 12pm central (1pm eastern) and overnight on Monday, May 2 at 11pm central (12am eastern).

Join us in celebrating this momentous events as our late pontiff is elevated to position of Blessed, the final step before Sainthood.

Spread the word and tune in for the very special event.

Divine Mercy

Radio Maria will be broadcasting the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass live from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA on Sunday May 1. The broadcast will begin at 3pm central (4pm eastern) with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and will include the celebration of the Mass. Tune in for this special broadcast in celebration of God’s divine mercy and the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

The Polish – April 12, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS ED  talks with Danuta Romanowski and Carol Svisco saluting Poland and Polish Americans, their faith and fortitude through tragedy and triumph, the good, the sad and the jubilation and how Catholicism and their deep abiding  faith  has brought them to the now. Discussion  about the history of Poland,  Catholic Church, traditions, foods, St. Faustina, the Mercy Devotion, Pope John Paul II Beatification on Mercy Sunday and the effect of all these on the world. Polish Lenten and Easter traditions, customs and foods are shared.

The Holy Spirit and Scripture – July 21, 2010

The Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit  in Early Church Writings and Today’s Interest in Mary, The Holy Spirit and Scripture: Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Fr. Luigi Gambero, SM , Faculty Member of the Marianum in Rome, Italy and the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Lilesbrary about the Holy Spirit and the Mother of Jesus, in early Church documents written by the Fathers of  the Church who were acquainted with the Apostles; Ecumenical Councils, Marian Dogmas, what divides and what unites;  and   modern day interest in Mary as found in  the  writings of Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI,Pope John Paul II  and Pope Benedict XVI..

The Blessed Mother & The Holy Spirit – July 21, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Fr. Luigi Gambero, SM , Faculty Member of the Marianum in Rome, Italy and the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Holy Spirit and the Mother of Jesus, in early Church documents written by the Fathers of the Church who were acquainted with the Apostles; Ecumenical Councils, Marian Dogmas, what divides and what unites; and modern day interest in Mary as found in the writings of Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI,Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium – July 13, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion on  the Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium,  The Blessed Mother in Ecumenism, the ecumenical writings of Pope John Paul II  and what has been accomplished since Vatican II in Dialogue  between the Anglicans and other denominations. Francesca shares her favorite recipes for Risotto Ala Terminese, a Sicilian  stuffed rice entree  that is easily transported to a picnic, reunion or just enjoyed at a family gathering. Easy and Delicious. Truly a Franchina Family Favorite!