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Pope Visits Memorial of Italian Nazi Victims

Last edited 28th March 2011

On Sunday 27 March, Pope Benedict XVI paid homage to the 335 Italians who were massacred in 1944 by the occupying Nazi forces at Fosse Ardeatine on the outskirts of Rome, which he called an "offense against God." The Pope made a private visit to the commemorative monument to mark the 67th anniversary of the March 24 Ardeatine massacre, which was a reprisal for a March 23, 1944, attack on occupying German forces.


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Married to a Kennedy, But Dedicated to God

Last edited 21st January 2011

It was the brother-in-law who ennobled the family. Sargent Shriver married Eunice Kennedy in 1953, seven years after going to work for her father, Joseph P. Kennedy. A decorated veteran and outstanding executive in his own right, Shriver would often be considered an appendage to the famous family - a man dominated by his wife and the junior partner to the brothers Kennedy.


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45 Years Since One of the Biggest Events in Church History

Last edited 8th December 2010

It was the most important event in the history of Christianity since the Reformation and the Council of Trent. Forty-five years ago, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), Pope Paul VI closed the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter’s Basilica along with 2,300 bishops gathered from the entire world, solemnly invoked Mary under a new title: Mother of the Church. Read more about this history event in the Church's history in this article.

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How Did a Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?

Last edited 7th December 2010

The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making... read this article by Msgr. Charles Pope to get the real story about St. Nick!

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Catholics and the Nazis

Last edited 8th December 2010

The Catholic Church is often criticized for not having done enough to oppose Hitler. In his recent trip to England and Scotland, Benedict XVI took the opportunity to present the other side of the situation, reminding people of the anti-religious nature of the Nazi regime. Read this article to find out the real role of religion in the Third Reich!


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65th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Last edited 29th November 2010

The Pope recalled the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki over the weekend, and called for increased efforts in favor of nuclear non-proliferation. Upon meeting the new ambassador of Japan to the Holy See, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, the Holy Father noted the "memory of this dark episode of the history of humanity... reminds us insistently how necessary it is to persevere in efforts in favor of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament."

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Feast of the Dedication of St Peter and St Paul Basilicas

Last edited 17th November 2010

On 18 November the Catholic Church celebrates the  dedication of Rome's two most famous churches - St Peter's Basilica and St Paul's Outside the Wall. Read this article to explore the history of these 2 great churches!

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A Church That Was Supposed to Disappear

Last edited 19th November 2010

The Church in Ukraine was supposed to disappear. Communists tried to liquidate it in 1946, but believers took the faith underground, maintaining it as a catacomb Church for more than 40 years. The Church is now thriving... have a read of this interview with Cardinal Lubomyr Husar about the history of this Church and the strength of the Catholics in Ukraine.

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How Pius XII Hid Jews in the Vatican

Last edited 3rd November 2010

A Jewish man is giving testimony to how his father was saved from the Nazis by being hidden in the Vatican by Pope Pius XII. Robert Adler, a member of the Alabama Holocaust Commission, has recalled how his father, Hugo Adler, was taken into the Vatican in 1941 and was hidden for five weeks. During that time, he met personally with Pope Pius XII on several occasions. Hugo was then sent through a Vatican network through France, into Spain, and then to Sosua, Dominican Republic. Learn more about this amazing story in this article!

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Holy Women as Important as Priests in Church History

Last edited 27th October 2010

While delivering his Catechesis on the 14th-century Saint Bridget of Sweden, the Pope stated: "In the great Christian tradition the woman is recognized as having her own dignity and -- following the example of Mary, Queen of the Apostles -- her own place in the Church which, though not coinciding with the ordained priesthood, is equally important for the spiritual growth of the community”.

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