Category: Columns

The Battle of Lepanto

The Battle of Lepanto commenced between the roughly equal number of men and ships off the coast of Corinth, Greece, after a traditional and formalized ceremony.   Both Muslims and Christians had about 30,000 men and slightly over two hundred vessels … Continue reading

God-sibling to Gossip

The word “gossip” originally had a very noble meaning. It is contracted from “god-sibling” and was the term used for the godparent at baptism. In time the word was extended in usage and applied to any close friend, and, more … Continue reading

U.S. Bishop the Son of a Slave

Yes, there was a Catholic bishop in the United States whose mother had been a Negro slave.  He was James Augustine Healy (1830-1900), second bishop of Portland Maine.  He was born in Macon, Georgia, to Michael Healy, an Irish immigrant … Continue reading