Elizabeth Lev has an interesting article in Zenit News on the events that reunited Italy as a kingdom in the second half of the nineteenth century and the role of the anti-Catholic freemason, Garibaldi, in wresting the Eternal City from the pope on September 20, 1870. It is followed by a call for women to embrace the beauty that is manifested in modesty:
“Was it the best of times or the worst of times? As Rome celebrated Monday its 140th anniversary as the capital of Italy, the Church and the city came together to forget old wounds and look to an ever brighter future.
“On Sept. 20, 1870, the forces of the Risorgimento, the movement to unify the Italian states, were bombarding the northeastern gate of Rome, the Porta Pia. Inside the walls, the papal forces defended what had been the realm of the pontiff for over 1,000 years. As king of Rome, the pope had beautified the city, given it aqueducts, trains, museums, and hospitals, and had made the Eternal City one of the great sites of the world.” Read full article here.