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By Larry Peterson “The president is dead.” For those of us who can remember those words from 50 years ago, they were seared into our brains like letters sand-blasted into a granite headstone forever: clear, succinct, and unmistakable in meaning. How could this be? Things like this did not happen, especially in t...read more
Articles from section "History"
The visitation of Saint Peter's Basilica, which takes place this week as part of the annual station church pilgrimage through Rome, holds special significance in these days as Catholics …read more
The history of conclaves is a fascinating one, although not always very edifying, particularly when popes were closely tied to temporal power. Tales of skulduggery, corruption and bribery …read more
Though it hasn't happened in about 600 years, there is precedent for a papal resignation. And the Church has the resources and the experience of history to know what to do now. This is the …read more
Unless you were in Milan or the Serbian city of Niš, chances are you probably missed celebrations to mark the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. Yet this commemoration, which fell …read more
Today, the French and German bishops' conferences published a joint declaration marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, signed Jan. 22, 1963, by General Charles de Gaulle and …read more