During today’s recording of JustLove, we have a conversation with a Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) regarding why it is important for the U.S. federal government to be a leader in promoting and protecting freedom of religion around the world. The second segment of our show is a conversation with two of the three co-authors of “Shreveport Martyrs of 1873: The Surest Path to Heaven” – the story of the lives of five Catholic Priests recently canonized as Servants of God.
Dr. James Carr is the Commissioner at the USCIRF, an independent bipartisan U.S. federal government agency created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act. The USCIRF monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad, makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress, and tracks the implementation of these recommendations. Commissioner Carr will be talking with us about why it is important for the U.S. government to be a leader in promoting and protecting freedom of religion around the world.
Dr. Cheryl White is a professor of history at Louisiana State University at Shreveport, where she holds the endowed Hubert Humphreys Professorship. She is the author of several books and journal articles, the latest of which is “Shreveport Martyrs of 1873: The Surest Path to Heaven.” Dr. White has served as one of the primary researchers in a project to submit formal historical portfolios to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Father Peter Mangum is the Rector of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Shreveport. He co-authored the book “Shreveport Martyrs of 1873: The Surest Path to Heaven” with Dr. White and Ryan Smith.