Category Archives: European History

#218 – The Gregorian Calendar

Most of the world marks its time according the calendar instituted by Pope Gregory XIII but calendar reform is a tricky business.

Links:
Papal Bull “Inter Gravisimus” on the implementation of the Gregorian Calendar
“Hesitant steps: acceptance of the Gregorian calendar in eighteenth-century Geneva”
Dates various countries adopted the Gregorian calendar
Website for Our Lady of Soufanieh
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#217 – Silent Night

When Fr. Josef Mohr wrote the words “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” in 1816, little did he know how it would become one of the most inspirational Christmas songs of all time and even bring a bit of peace in the midst of WWI.

Links:
Information on Silent Night, Holy Night including traditional German .mp3 versions of the 1st and 4th verses
More information on Silent Night, Holy Night including live web-cam performance on Christmas Eve
Silent Night, Holy Night in many different languages

Clips from film Joyeux Noël including singing of Stille Nacht on YouTube
Mahalia Jackson’s version of Silent Night on YouTube
John Denver and the Muppets version of Silent Night on YouTube
Celtic Thunder’s Christmas 1915 on YouTube
Get a free .mp3 download of Christmas 1915 at the Celtic Thunder website – click button for e-card
Photo by Howard Hudson

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#215 – The Saving of Assisi

Faced with the twin threats of WWII and the Holocaust,the people of Assisi looked to their three protectors – God, Saint Francis, and German Colonel Valentin Müller. Plus, Austrian Alpine Horns.

Links:
“The Strategy That Saved Assisi” by Francesco Santucci

“Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II: Bishop Guiseppe Nicolini, Colonel Valentin Müller, Don Aldo Brunacci” edited and written by Josef Raischl SFO and André Cirino OFM

Cria-BD – Christian Comic Book blog and web site

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#214 – The Fall of Monte Cassino

In WWII, the Allied forces seeking to reach Rome had to get past the German held Gustav line, unfortunately for the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino – it was at ground zero.

Links:
The History Network Podcast on the Battle of Monte Cassino – contains more information about the battles around Monte Cassino itself.
History of the Battle of Monte Cassino
BBC site on the Battle of Monte Cassino
John Paul II’s words on the fate of Monte Cassino
Wojtek the Soldier Bear

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#212 – The Coming of the Great Monarch

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For centuries Catholics in Europe believed in the coming of a Great Monarch and a Final Pope who would foreshadow the End Times. This episode looks at these legends and what the Catholic Church teaches about prophecy.

Links:
Again, these prophecies have not been declared valid by the Magisterium and should be viewed with historical interest only

Prophecy of St. Malachy on the Popes

St. Constantine XI
Prophecy of Adso Montier-en-Der
Prophecy of Pseudo-Methodius

Catechism on the End Times – paragraphs 672-677

Photo of Constantine XI by Tilemahos Efthimiadis

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#210 – Werewolves!!!

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It is time for the annual Halloween episode and a look at what Catholics have believed about werewolves are they friendly critters or ferocious creatures? Plus an R rated Cars DVD? and some great feedback.

Links:
A good article on the history of beliefs about werewolves
The Catholic Pilot Podcast
The Catholic Laboratory Podcast
A Spooky Night at Kneipp Springs
The jazz of Joe Johnson

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