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  • Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    At first blush, a ceremony taking place in Italy’s Palace of the Army today may seem counter-intuitive, as St. Pope John XXIII, a famous “Peace Pope,” is being installed as the patron saint of the Italian army. In fact, however, for reasons both biographical and philosophical, John XXIII actually may be the perfect patron for the kind of army Italy operates today.

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  • New Catholic drama grapples with horror of war

    New Catholic drama grapples with horror of war

    Historians see the first World War as a the first truly modern war. The slaughter was immense and the carnage shocking. For the first time the killing machines were used with brutal, cold efficiency, and as they were, they ushered in the machine age. A new play asks whether one can find hope in the midst of the horrors of war and what light one might find in the face of death.

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  • Pope’s WWI tribute infused with personal ties

    Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I. Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great

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