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Historians largely agree that the most important naval battle in human history happened at Lepanto, off the coast of Greece, in October 1571. It marked a decisive defeat of the advance of the Ottoman Empire into the Christian West. The Christians fighting at Lepanto to defend their land — and their faith — were not armed with modern weaponry or more advanced ships. Instead, each fighter was given just one special tool. They were armed with a rosary. more
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties” due to all in the United States. Recently, the Rhode Island Affiliate of the ACLU took issue with the Providence Police for videotaping protesters. Such videotaping is an established practice in law-enforcement and often the only recourse police have when peaceful demonstrations turn violent. The ACLU has indicated that journalists and protesters have a right to record such demonstrations, but that this First Amendment right somehow should not extend to the police because such taping might be construed as “intimidation.” more
Last week, the renowned English physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. His contributions to contemporary physics cannot be overstated. And aside from his intellectual genius, his … more
Last week Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, declared the West African Ebola outbreak to be “unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.” Over 4,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak and fears are widespread that the number could rise dramatically. more
It was early in the New England Patriots’ 2007 season when coach Bill Belichick and the Pats were disciplined for videotaping an opposing team’s defensive signals. The ensuing controversy, which came to be known as “Spygate,” cast a dark shadow over the organization’s reputation…but certainly not over its effectiveness. The Pats went on to finish the season undefeated and nearly won the Super Bowl. Their record in the years following “Spygate” has been even more impressive than the period in which they were believed to be taping other teams’ signals. more
St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both taught clearly that the Church has norms for “determining the objective conditions under which communion may not be given” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia #42 … more
An ongoing series on CNN called “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,” explores the controversies surrounding the storied history of the popes. As one commentator recently observed, the dearth … more
The Church recently observed the 48th World Communications Day. It is remarkable to consider how rapidly communication has changed over the course of the last half-century. We have gone from black and white TV’s to iPhones, Twitter and Instagram. more
The recent “Women’s March on Washington,” drew crowds in the hundreds of thousands in protest of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. While President Trump has yet to sign … more
When Pope Benedict XVI made his first pastoral visit to the United States last April, churchmen, politicians, and the lay faithful were all desperate to see and meet the Holy Father. more
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