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Crash Course on the Crusades

Last edited 26th July 2012

The Crusades are one of the most misunderstood events in Western and Church history. The very word “crusades” conjures negative images in our modern world of bloodthirsty and greedy European nobles embarked on a conquest of peaceful Muslims. The Crusades are considered by many to be one of the “sins” the Christian Faith has committed against humanity and with the Inquisition are the go-to cudgels for bashing the Church. It is worth our time to be versed in the facts and especially to recall the tremendous faith, sacrifice, and courage that inspired the vast majority of the Crusaders to act in defense of Christendom.

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How "White Rose" Members Fought Against Hitler's Nazi Regime

Last edited 8th July 2012

Seventy years ago, a group of German students decided to fight against the nazi regime. Inspired by the flower of St. Alexander of Munich, they decided to call themselves “White Rose.” In February, the Orthodox Church beatified a 'White Rose' member. Alexander Schorrell was described as a martyr and a witness of faith.

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Madeleine Truel - A Peruvian Woman Who Risked Her Life to Save Others During WWII

Last edited 8th July 2012

World War II is marked with tragedies, pain and perhaps some of the darkest moments in recent history. But amid all that destruction, there are also inspiring stories. One of them is that of Madeleine Truel, a Peruvian woman who risked her life to save the life of others.

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Holocaust Museum Praised for Corrections to Pius XII Exhibit

Last edited 6th July 2012

Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced view of his actions toward the Nazis and their Jewish victims.

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Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

Last edited 4th July 2012

Pius XII did many things as Pope. But, his legacy has mainly revolved on what he did or didn't do during the Holocaust. Now, a significant change has been made in Israel's National Holocaust Memorial. The wall exhibit in the Yad Vashem, still shows Pius XII, but the description is different. The newest addition includes the point of view of those who've defended his actions. Before it only had the point of view of those who opposed him.

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"For Greater Glory": A Movie Review by Fr. Barron

Last edited 22nd June 2012

The recently released film "For Greater Glory" deals with the period in Mexican history in the 1920s, when the oppressive government enforced laws against the Catholic faith. Religious ceremonies were banned, Bishops were exiled, Priests and Nuns were forbidden to wear religious garmets. Those who disobeyed were arrested, and at times brutally executed. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron reviews the themes of the film, and reflects on the incredible bravery of the Christians and martyrs who died defending their faith in Mexico.

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Pope Recognizes Italian Martyr for Helping Jews During the Holocaust

Last edited 19th June 2012

Odoardo Focherini was an Italian newspaper editor and a father of seven. During World War II, he helped hundreds of Jews escape Nazi persecution by giving them false documents to cross the Swiss border to safety. He was eventually arrested and deported to the camp of Hersbruck where he died of an infection in December 1944. On May 10, Benedict XVI announced that Focherini would become a Blessed in recognition of his martyrdom. Watch this video for his story!

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Decades Later, A Fallen Soldier's Family Still Remembers

Last edited 28th May 2012

The yellowed newsprint was unfolded carefully. Its creases spoke of being handled many times over the years since it had been printed in the 1940s after the allies had claimed victory in the “war to end all wars.” Sgt. Carl Stadelbacher wouldn’t be home that spring or summer or any other time until his body was returned to his home in Cobden, Ill. where he would be buried at St. Joseph Church.

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The Dangers of Capital Punishment: Wrong Man Was Executed in Texas in 1989

Last edited 16th May 2012

He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989.

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Spanish Production Company Launches Movie on a Priest and His Unexpected Journey

Last edited 30th April 2012

This is the trailer for a movie called "Alba.” It tells the story of a priest who is making his way to a parish to celebrate Mass, when suddenly, he sees a group of young people who just suffered a car crash.

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