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Bela Lugosi portrays the famous vampire in this screenshot from the trailer for ‘Dracula’ (1931)

The King of Horror Movies and Catholic Faith and Culture (Sept. 18)

Culture is key in forming hearts and minds. And Catholics well formed in both their profession and their faith certainly can impact culture for the good. We can all agree we need more of that today. One writer who is always keen on highlighting the intersection of faith and culture is the National Catholic Register’s UK correspondent, K.V. Turley, and he has just released his first novel. He joins us here on Register Radio. And then, we talk with Joan Desmond about the so-called “woke revolution” taking place even in some Catholics schools, in modern medicine, and again in culture.

Father John Paul Zeller skateboards through an exhibition hall at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest.

A Priest at the Eucharistic Congress 2021 (Sept. 11)

Pope Francis traveled to Budapest Hungary this weekend for the closing of the International Eucharistic Congress. The Register and EWTN covered the Congress live and Franciscan Missionary of the Word Father John Paul Mary joins me from Budapest. Then we turn to Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse from the Ruth Institute about a troubling, LGBTQ+ agenda driven back-to-school video issued by the Biden Administration.

A road is partially covered in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 3, 2021, in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane five days before in Louisiana and brought flooding, wind damage and power outages along the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ida, and What Awaits Christians in Afghanistan

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana Aug. 29 catastrophically, marking the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Flood water and wind has damaged countless homes and business. More than a million people were left without electricity and running water. As for the Church in the area: The Archdiocese of New Orleans is assessing damage to Churches and schools and other properties. No doubt the residents of the greater New Orleans area are bracing for a long recovery period. For a local perspective Peter Finney, editor of the Clarion Herald, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, joins Register Radio. Then we talk to Register correspondent Lauretta Brown about the danger Christians face in Afghanistan as well as her latest reports in pro-life news.

Refugees walk through the departure terminal to a bus at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The Department of Defense announced yesterday that the U.S. military had completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending 20 years of war.

The Tragedy in Afghanistan (Aug. 28)

As the Taliban gained power throughout Afghanistan in the last several weeks concerns have been raised across the globe over the humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis is among the religious leaders, who have spoken up for the Afghani people, seeking to defend human rights and religious freedom under the country’s new Taliban rule. Register contributor Andrea Picciotti Bayer has written about the tragedy in Afghanistan at NCRegister.com and she, as well as Just War expert and former naval officer Msgr. Stuart Swetland, who has been a source for Register reports on the situation in Afghanistan, joins us today here on Register Radio.

Thomas Farr

What You Can Do About Religious Persecutions Around the World with Tom Farr (Episode 6)

Religious freedom is not only under attack in the United States, but also around the world. Has the U.S. government been effective in helping vulnerable religious minorities? What has the Church done to protect the persecuted? Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, director of the Conscience Project, and Joan Desmond, senior editor at the Register, speak with Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute. Learn in this episode about the plight of religious minorities in places like China and the Middle East and what actions must be taken by our government, the Church, and each of us to support our brothers and sisters.

Roger Severino speaks at a news conference at the Department of Health and Human Services Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Defending Conscience Rights in Healthcare with Roger Severino (Episode 4)

Healthcare affects every American - whether we are ill or healthy, parents or caretakers for aging relatives, or those who work as medical professionals. Many current issues related to healthcare services and medical procedures implicate religious freedom and conscience rights. Roger Severino is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of the Center’s new HHS Accountability Project. He joins Andrea Picciotti-Bayer of the Conscience Project and Matthew Bunson, EWTN News’ executive editor, to discuss the threats to this important civil right and the protections under the law for conscience in healthcare

Joel Alicea

How Far Do U.S. Constitutional Protections for Religious Freedom Go? with Joel Alicea (Episode 3)

Many battles for religious freedom in the United States are being waged in court. How far-reaching is the First Amendment’s protection for the free exercise of religion in defending religious believers? Responding to that question Joel Alicea, professor of constitutional law at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, joins Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, director of the Conscience Project, and Matthew Bunson, EWTN News’ executive editor in this episode of Religious Freedom Matters.

Joseph Meaney

NCBC’s Joseph Meaney on Vaccinations and Conscience Rights

Amid a wave of new COVID-19 vaccine mandates being rolled out by businesses and institutions, Catholics who morally object to the vaccines are finding themselves at odds with those who think the ethical obligation to protect public health should trump conscience rights. On Register Radio, Joseph Meaney of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, offers guidance for Catholics to wade through the issues in play and make properly informed decisions for their own health and the good of society.

U.S. Supreme Court Building

Supreme Court Favors Religious Freedom with Lori Windham (Episode 2)

Did you know that over the past 15 years, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious freedom 81% of the time? When people of faith bring cases to the court, religious liberty tends to win. Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket Law, discusses recent wins in the Supreme Court and what challenges are likely to continue to be presented to our nation’s highest court. Join her conversation with the Conscience Project’s Andrea Picciotti-Bayer and the Register’s senior editor, Joan Desmond on this Religious Freedom Matters.

The U.S. flag and the flag of Vatican City fly outside Nationals Park before Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington, DC, April 15, 2008.

Religious Freedom and the Common Good with Joe Capizzi (Episode 1)

Religious freedom will only survive if we know how to defend it. That means knowing the arguments, knowing history, and most importantly, knowing what the Church teaches about the free practice of our faith. Does religious freedom advance the common good? Does it diminish Catholics’ belief in the truth taught by the Church? Professor Joseph Capizzi, director of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, joins Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, director of the Conscience Project, and Matthew Bunson, EWTN News’ executive editor, to discuss these issues and more!