• Bosnian ex-military chief sentenced to life for genocide

    The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United... Read more
  • United in History and Tragedy: JFK and Pope Pius XII

    President Donald Trump recently authorized a massive declassification of documents relating to the 1963 assassination of America’s first and only Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. The dreadful anniversary of the shooting, Nov. 22, is again upon us. Remembrances this time around are focusing... Read more
  • “The Great Halifax Explosion” – Al Kresta interviews John U. Bacon

    On December 1,1917 the French freighter Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn laden with American troops and munitions en route to the trenches of France. It carried 3,000 tons of explosives, prompting its captain to take unprecedented safety measures. All went well until it slipped into Halifax... Read more
  • A history not ardently pursued

    [caption id="attachment_92188" align="alignleft" width="188"] Bella Dodd1904-1969[/caption] Celebrating the bicentennial of the French Revolution in 1989 was awkward and unlike our nation’s festivities of 1976, because the American Revolution did not have a Reign of Terror The Russian people... Read more
  • St. Albert the Great: Saintly Scientist for the Modern World

    Almost, we can say, like a first Adam on the earth, in the middle of the thirteenth century Albert of Cologne began to look at the world around him with a completely fresh gaze. In his  commentary on Matthew’s Gospel he wrote: “The whole world is theology for us because the heavens... Read more
  • The dramatic story of the priest who died on a Vietnam battlefield

    [caption id="attachment_92078" align="aligncenter" width="678"] Maryknoll Father Vincent R. Capodanno, a Navy chaplain who was killed while serving with the Marines in Vietnam, is pictured ministering in the field in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Maryknoll Fathers and... Read more
  • Remembering Stalingrad 75 Years Later

    It is now fashionable to demonize Russia, but most Americans have forgotten key aspects of 20th-century history, including the Russians’ fight to stop the march of Nazi Germany. Seventy-five years ago this month, the Soviet Red Army surrounded — and would soon destroy — a huge invading... Read more
  • How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?

    All should be subsumed within an overarching narrative of Russian glory. “And what, exactly, is there to be celebrating?” snapped Vladimir Putin’s press secretary on Oct. 25, a little more than a week before the 100th anniversary of what, in Soviet times, was lauded as the country’s... Read more
  • Russia’s Fall From (God’s) Grace Through Revolution

    In October 1917, as the bloodshed of the First World War continued to rage, the final apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima took place on Oct. 13, culminating with the “Miracle of the Sun.” The call of the Blessed Mother for the consecration of Russia during her apparitions and for the... Read more
  • The Catholics who defended the Papal States against the Italian army

    On the 150th anniversary of their great victory at Mentana, remember the courage of the Pontifical Zouaves Today is the 150th anniversary of an almost-forgotten battle, in which a large force of young Catholic men came together to defend the independence of the Holy See. The battle was fought... Read more