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A Saint For Our Time


This April, Pope John Paul II will beatify (the first step to sainthood) a Catholic priest who died defending Europe from Islamic invasion. Father Mario D’Aviano went to Vienna during the 17th-century Turkish siege, rallied Christian military leaders, preached to the gathered Christian forces (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox), and exhorted them to fight with all they had to defend Christendom from the Islamic invaders. The battle was joined, and won decisively by Christian forces — on September 11, 1683. Islamic militants have not since seriously threatened the West. Until now. Blessed Mario D’Aviano, pray for us.


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