Donald R. McClarey

Pope Leo XIII on Columbus

    No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus The official observance of Columbus Day this year

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Donald R. McClarey

Columbus and Black Arm Band History

“He was the first to open the doors to the ocean sea, where he entered the remote lands and kingdoms which until then had not known our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his blessed name.” Bartolomé de las Casas The attacks

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Donald R. McClarey

Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

  “This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Christopher Columbus Writes About His Discovery

“He [Columbus] was a gentle man of great force and spirit, of lofty thoughts and naturally inclined to undertake worthy deeds and signal enterprises; patient and long suffering, a forgiver of injustices who wished no more than that those who

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Donald R. McClarey

Captain Z-RO and Christopher Columbus

The things you find on the internet!  From 1955 the first episode of the Captain Z-RO show featuring the time traveling explorer going back to 1492 and the discovery of the New World by Columbus.  Obvious low production values, but

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Donald R. McClarey

Pope Leo XIII and Christopher Columbus

  No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus       Another Columbus Day is upon us,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Christopher Columbus

On May 27, 2017 when visiting Genoa, Pope Francis mentioned and praised Christopher Columbus.  Ironically it was in the context of attempting to convince Italians to accept mass illegal immigration from Islamic countries, something that would have appalled Columbus:  

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Beatnik Version of the Story of Columbus

From the 1958 film High School Confidential.  The actors and actresses in the film, if they are still alive, would be in their eighties.  How swiftly the latest fads become historical curiosities.   Update:  Several of the actors and actresses

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Christopher Columbus

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person

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Columbus and the Virgin Mary

The Virgin of the Navigators is an alterpiece painted in 1536 by Alejo Fernandez for the chapel at the House of Trade in Seville.  Under the protection of the Virgin are depicted King Ferdinand II of Aragon, Holy Roman Emperor

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Sail On!

  QUARTO ABEUNTE SAECULO ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON THE COLUMBUS QUADRICENTENNIAL To Our Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops and Bishops of Spain, Italy, and the two Americas. Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God’s

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Samuel Eliot Morison

  Christopher Columbus belonged to an age that was past, yet he became the sign and symbol of this new age of hope, glory and accomplishment. His medieval faith impelled him to a modern solution: expansion. If the Turk could

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Salve Regina and Hermann the Cripple

Something for the weekend.  Salve Regina.  Christopher Columbus was nearing the end of his voyage across the Atlantic 523 years ago.  He had a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary.  Each night he would assemble the crew on his ship

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Christopher Columbus and Historical Optimism

    Harvard professor Samuel Eliot Morison, who was about to become the official historian of the Navy during World War II and who would attain Admiral rank, in 1943 came out with his two volume Pulitzer prize winning biography

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

“This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues,

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Christopher Columbus Trilogy

    Your Highnesses have an Other World here, by which our holy faith can be so greatly advanced and from which such great wealth can be drawn. Christopher Columbus, letter to Ferdinand and Isabella, 1498   Something for the

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Columbus and the Virgin Mary

The Virgin of the Navigators is an alterpiece painted in 1536 by Alejo Fernandez for the chapel at the House of Trade in Seville.  Under the protection of the Virgin are depicted King Ferdinand II of Aragon, Holy Roman Emperor

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521 Years Ago

It is true she reserves her special and greatest honours for virtues that most signally proclaim a high morality, for these are directly associated with the salvation of souls; but she does not, therefore, despise or lightly estimate virtues of

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Conquest of Paradise

Something for the weekend.  The song Conquest of Paradise from the movie 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), which retold the story of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of a New World: At two o’clock in the morning the land was

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

“This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues,

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Pope Leo XIII on Christopher Columbus

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus Another Columbus Day is upon us, and I always observe

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Pope Leo XIII on Christopher Columbus

QUARTO ABEUNTE SAECULO ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON THE COLUMBUS QUADRICENTENNIAL To Our Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops and Bishops of Spain, Italy, and the two Americas. Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God’s guidance,

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

“This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues,

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