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Archive | August, 2016

Montecassino

Montecassino (sometimes written Monte Cassino) is a rocky hill about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southeast of Rome, Italy, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the town of Cassino and 520 m (1,706.04 ft) altitude. Site of the Roman town of Casinum, it is best known for its historic abbey. St. Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the  Full Article…

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Italy quake death toll hits 278, state funeral planned

[Reuters] Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy’s powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of  Full Article…

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Enclave (definition)

A part of a country that is surrounded by another country, or a group of people who are different from the people living in the surrounding area. An enclave is a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state. Territorial waters have the same sovereign  Full Article…

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Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”)

Moshe ben Maimon (Hebrew: משה בן מימון‎‎ Moshe ben Maymon), or Mūsā ibn Maymūn (Arabic: موسى بن ميمون‎‎), acronymed Rambam (/ˈrɑːmbɑːm/; Hebrew: רמב״ם‎‎ – for “Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon”, “Our Rabbi/Teacher Moses Son of Maimon”), and Graecized (and subsequently Latinized) Moses Maimonides (/maɪˈmɒnɪdiːz/ my-MON-i-deez), a preeminent medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher and astronomer, became one of  Full Article…

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Benedict of Norcia

Benedict of Norcia (or Nursia) (Latin: Benedictus de Nursia; Italian: Benedetto da Norcia; c. 480 – 543 or 547 AD) is a Christian saint, who is the patron Saint of Europe and students. Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Lazio in Italy (about 40 miles (64 km) to the east of Rome), before moving to Montecassino  Full Article…

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Isaiah 42, 1-7

—Is 42 1-7 Behold My servant, I will support him, My chosen one, whom My soul desires; I have placed My Spirit upon him, he shall promulgate justice to the nations. 2 He shall neither cry nor shall he raise [his voice]; and he shall not make his voice heard outside. 3 A breaking reed  Full Article…

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John 8, 12

—Gv 8, 12 Perciò Gesù parlò loro di nuovo, dicendo: “Io sono la luce del mondo. Chi segue me non camminerà affatto nelle tenebre, ma possederà la luce della vita”. —Jn 8, 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk  Full Article…

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