Rome has more obelisks than any other city in the world. There are thirteen of these tall monuments that help make up the history of ancient Rome. One of the most well known, stands in the middle of St. Peter's Square, measuring 82 feet tall and weighing 320 tons. Watch this video to learn more about the 2000 year history of this magnificent monument.
The title of "Righteous Among the Nations" is given on non-Jews who, during the Second World War, helped save Jewish people from Nazi-persecution. Watch this video to learn more!
In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, Pius XII urged Catholic institutions to help Jews who were being persecuted by Hitler's Nazi regime. In Rome, one of the many people who risked their lives was Francesco Bertoglio, the rector of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary, who hid hundreds of Jews dressed as seminarians.
He's now 96-years-old, but during World War II, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini was a young priest in a Roman parish who first came face-to-face with Pope Pius XII in the aftermath of an Allied air raid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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