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The Life and Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last edited 16th January 2012

On Monday 16 January 2012, Americans celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, recalling the astonishing legacy he left, showing us what it means to be committed to God’s justice and truth. We cannot fail to note how different things are in the world, because of the struggle that he, and so many others undertook, to end the horrifying, embarrassing, and painful legacy of racism and segregation. Such dramatic change came at great cost, as Dr. King and others suffered arrest, death threats, hatred, disrespect and endless other hideous outrages.

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Researcher Reveals Pius XII’s ‘Remarkable’ Aid for Jewish Refugees

Last edited 10th January 2012

Pope Pius XII helped a group of 500 Jewish refugees escape death at the hands of the Nazis and made a touching public tribute to the Jewishness of the man seeking their deliverance, new research shows.

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London Prelate Recalls World War II Suffering: Says It's OK for Children to Hear 'No'

Last edited 10th November 2011

The retired archbishop of Westminster invited listeners of Radio 2 to be willing to say "no" to their children, and to deny themselves, with a spirit of trust in God and solidarity.

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History of All Saints Day, All Souls Day... and Halloween

Last edited 31st October 2011

What are the origins of All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Where did the tradition of celebrating Halloween the night before 'All Saints Day', come from? Is this a pagan practice? In this article, Fr. Saunders explores the history behind the Catholic feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, explaining their link to the now secular holiday of Halloween.

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Four Myths About the Crusades - By Paul F. Crawford

Last edited 10th October 2011

In 2001, former president Bill Clinton delivered a speech at Georgetown University in which he discussed the West’s response to the recent terrorist attacks of September 11. The speech contained a short but significant reference to the crusades. Mr. Clinton observed that “when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem [in 1099], they proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount.” This view of the crusades is not unusual... but it is incorrect! Visit this article to find out what really happened during the Crusades.

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Vatican Daily Criticizes BBC for 'Erasing Christ From History'

Last edited 12th October 2011

The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has criticized a decision by the BBC television network to drop its usage of the designations “A.D.” and “B.C.” The network plans to adopt the terms “C.E.” (Common Era) and “BCE” (Before the Common Era) when referring to historical dates, to avoid “offending” non-believers.

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William Wilberforce: The Christian Politican Who Fought to Abolish Slavery

Last edited 1st December 2011

December 2nd marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The Slave Trade is still rampant around the world - with millions of people still subject to human trafficking, and women and children being forced into the sex trade. It may seem to hard to stop - but it is not impossible! William Wilberforce, a Christian politician, fought against all odds to bring about the emancipation of enslaved Africans in England in the late 18th/early 19th century.

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President Bush Rebuffed Pope John Paul's Plea for Peace in Iraq, Source Recalls

Last edited 5th October 2011

In 2003, when Blessed John Paul II sent a special envoy to speak with President George W. Bush in a last-minute effort to avoid a war in Iraq, the American leader set aside the Pope’s personal message, and made it clear that he was committed to military action, according to a Vatican Insider account. Visit this article to read about JPII's attempts to stop the Iraq war!

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Spanish Civil War: 75 Years Later

Last edited 6th September 2011

On July 17, Catholic churches in Spain marked with sadness and prayer the 75th anniversary of a brutal, convulsive, three-year conflict. For the Catholic Church, the Spanish Civil War was a low point in a century with a lot of lows.

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Heroic New York Priests Vividly Recall Sept. 11 Attacks

Last edited 5th September 2011

Father George Rutler remembers the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack as surreal. “The whole scene looked liked a black and white movie, with all the color drained out – that made it even harder to grasp that the shocking events were real and not an illusion... It was hard to see much because of the smoke and debris. We wore face masks,” he recalled, “but the stench was overwhelming, especially the burning bodies. Everything was covered with a white powder and everyone looked like ghosts.”

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