Dear Pope Francis: Please Take Care of Yourself–If Not for You, Then for Us

"Not to worry!" says the Vatican, with regard to security for Pope Francis' upcoming travels to the Muslim-majority country of Albania.In a statement issued Monday, September 15, Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said despite recent “worrying” events that had shocked the world, there is no specific threat to 77-year-old Pope Francis as he prepares for his one-day visit to Albania on Sept. 21.  Therefore, the Vatican has announced, no extra security measures will be added. *     *   … [Read more...]

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History Repeats Itself: Lepanto and the Current ISIS Crisis

The Muslims had a distinct advantage. They greatly outnumbered the Christians whom they oppressed. Their weapons were superior; their resolve was great; their willingness to kill anyone, even children, for their cause made them an unbeatable foe.Included in their army of determined Islamists were Christian slaves who had been forced to renounce their faith, and to join the Muslims in their assault on Christian townspeople.The Holy Father, realizing that the Muslims had a decided material … [Read more...]

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Meriam Ibrahim Is Free, Plans Visit to Pope Francis

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, is free!Ibrahim has just arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport, accompanied by her family and by Italy's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli.  On the ground in Rome, her flight was welcomed by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi who said, "Today is a day of celebration!"The release was reportedly arranged through diplomatic negotiations by Italy and the Vatican.Ibraham's father … [Read more...]

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