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Documents Reveal Pius XII Saved 11,000 Roman Jews

Last edited 24th July 2011

The direct action of Pope Pius XII saved the lives of more than 11,000 Jews in Rome during the Second World War, according to documentation recently discovered by historians.

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Researcher Finds Proof of Widespread Jewish Support for Pope Pius XII

Last edited 21st July 2011

An expert on Pope Pius XII says new discoveries show that the Jewish community strongly supported the pontiff for his stand against anti-Semitism and support for Jewish rights during World War II. Researcher William Doino outlined evidence that he says makes it clear the late Pope “wanted to break down walls of anti-Jewish prejudice, not erect them.”

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Shakespeare's Secret Faith

Last edited 11th July 2011

When the archbishop of Canterbury recently broke his church’s long silence and acknowledged that William Shakespeare was probably a Catholic, it was a moment of quiet satisfaction for Father Peter Milward, the author who began researching this subject a half century ago. Visit this article to read about one of the great mysteries of the literary world - was Shakespeare a Catholic?

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Museum Will Exhibit Vatican's Secret Archives

Last edited 6th July 2011

An unprecedented 2012 exhibition of around 100 historical documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archives will include items from Pope Pius XII’s wartime papacy and Galileo’s trial. Many of these documents will be leaving the Vatican for the first time.Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the Vatican’s archivist and librarian, explains the importance of the exhibit in this article.

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Benedict XVI Remembers Dark Times Under Nazi Power

Last edited 31st May 2011

Benedict XVI enjoyed memories of his youth when he was visited Saturday by members of a German Marian group that he joined as a teenager. The Pope addressed the Marianische Männer-Congregation "Mariä Verkündung" (the Sodality of Our Lady), of Regensburg. As he noted, the Holy Father joined the group when he was in minor seminary.

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Italian Priest Honored for Sheltering Jews During WWII

Last edited 12th May 2011

An Italian priest was posthumously awarded with a top honor for protecting a Jewish family from Nazi persecution in World War II. Father Martino Michelone, who died in 1979, was declared “Righteous Among Nations” by Jewish leaders on May 8 for hiding four members of a family for nearly two years. Visit this article to read more.

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We Make the Future, Not the Other Way Around

Last edited 10th May 2011

We live more and more in a cocoon of knowledge-class opinion and prediction which is often wildly wrong. The tools of social science that undergird so much of modern expert opinion have great descriptive but not predictive value.

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National Geographic Documentary Examines Relics of Third-Century Saints

Last edited 19th April 2011

Two skeletons attributed to two married martyrs from the third century could be authentic, say researchers taking part in a new National Geographic Society documentary. “All of the evidence we have gathered points toward the relics having belonged to Chrysanthus and Daria,” said investigation leader Ezio Fulcheri of the University of Genoa. “This has been a very rare opportunity to be able to study bones and other relics that relate directly back to a legend that has been passed on for almost 2,000 years. The completeness of the skeletons is also rare for martyrs of this era, implying that these relics were protected and venerated in their entirety at a very early point in history.”

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Four Myths About the Crusades

Last edited 14th April 2011

From presidential speeches to role-playing games, the crusades are depicted as a deplorably violent episode in which thuggish Westerners trundled off, unprovoked, to murder and pillage peace-loving, sophisticated Muslims. Paul Crawford from the Education Resource Centre, tackles four common myths about the Crusades in this article!

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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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