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What Did Rome Look Like 300 Years Ago?

Last edited 6th September 2012

These etchings are a window into history. They show what parts of Rome looked like roughly 300 years ago. They were made by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one of the most important artists of the 18th century.

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Searching for Noah's Ark... Literally

Last edited 4th September 2012

Tito de Luca is an Italian adventurer with a unique mission. He is determined to find out once and for all whether this ancient mountain holds one of the most fascinating objects in history: he's trying to find Noah's Ark.

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The History of the Catholic Church in China

Last edited 20th August 2012

The situation of the Catholic Church in China is quite complicated. The communist regime wants to control religious practice of the Church, which includes appointing the bishops of its choice, without the consent of the Pope. So really the Church is divided in two. One that's described as the so called patriotic church and the other is the underground Church that remains loyal to the Pope.

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The Vatican Obelisk - A Sundial with 2000 years of History

Last edited 19th August 2012

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.

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Assisi Network of Catholics recognized for aid given to Jews during World War II

Last edited 15th August 2012

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!

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A Priest Saved Hundreds of Jews during WWII by Disguising them as Seminarians

Last edited 6th August 2012

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.

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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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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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