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The Villa Agrippina

Every day on my way to class I pass the front gate of a luxury resort hotel on the Janiculum hill, called the Villa Agrippina. It looks like a very nice (if expensive) place for family and friends to stay, … Continue reading

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A Very Brief History of the English Reformation in the 16th Century

I recently finished reading Evelyn Waugh’s biography of St. Edmund Campion, an Oxford scholar-turned-Jesuit priest who was martyred under Queen Elizabeth I. I find the history of the English Reformation fascinating, in part because England was not at all a … Continue reading

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Saint Pius V, Pope

The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke, (Don John of Austria is hidden in the smoke.) Today is the memorial of St. Pius V, who was Pope from 1566 to 1572. He is an important figure … Continue reading

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Adventures in Greece

Greece is one of my favorite places. Some of the most important developments in Western Civilization took place there, and the natural beauty of the region rivals that of anywhere I’ve seen. I spent a week there in the Spring … Continue reading

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