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When Hitler Wanted to Kidnap Pius XII

Last edited 10th January 2016

In Rome, in 1944, shortly before the war ended, SS General Otto Wolff met secretly with Pope Pius XII to reveal that Hitler planned to kidnap him.

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The Earliest Known Hymn to Our Lady Dates All the Way Back to A.D. 250

Last edited 22nd December 2015

Marian devotion is just an late medieval accretion to the faith, right? Think again! In addition to the important place she is given in the Gospels in the New Testament, meditation on the unique importance of Mary’s role in salvation history (known as Mariology) dates back at least to the early 2nd century. And the earliest known example of spiritual devotion to Our Lady dates all the way back to around A.D. 250. The Marian prayer is one you made have heard before: the famous Sub tuum.

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Were the Crusades Holy Wars?

Last edited 14th December 2015

It is very common for people to criticise the Catholic Church for it's role in the Crusades. But how much do people actually know about the history of these wars and why they were considered important? In this video, a Cambridge historian explains the Crusades' concept of "holy war."

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People Who Think Jesus Didn’t Exist Are Seriously Confused

Last edited 3rd November 2015

The news that 40 per cent of British people, according to a recent poll, do not believe that Jesus was “a real person” is pretty shattering whichever way you look at it.

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Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions!

Last edited 6th November 2015

“Is Halloween an evil holiday?” Nope! The word itself means “All Hallows’ Eve” (“hallow” is an old-fashioned word for holy) because it’s the night before the feast of All Saints. There’s a lot of research that’s been done on the origin of this holiday but I’ll save you the long version and just tell you: it was always our holiday.

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The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians Emerges from the Vatican Archives

Last edited 17th September 2015

Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library.

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9/11: When John Paul II Grieved with America

Last edited 13th September 2015

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.

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On WWII Anniversary, Pope says 'Never Again' to War

Last edited 3rd September 2015

Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking.

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37 Years Ago, John Paul I was Elected Pope

Last edited 26th August 2015

On August 26, 1978 Albino Luciani was elected Pope. Overlooking St. Peter's Square, John Paul I gave his first blessing. He decided to honor his predecessors by combining their names. From John XXIII he took the name John and from Paul VI, the name Paul. After only 33 days as the head of the Catholic Church, John Paul I died suddenly at the age of 65. It's marked as the shortest papacy in modern history.

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800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Last edited 18th June 2015

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Church's central role in creating the historic charter that remains the basis of English, American and Australian constitutional and common law is being recognised.

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