Thursday, October 06, 2011

October 7 History

Vision of Pope Saint Pius V of the victory at Lepanto

Today marks the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, formerly known as Our Lady Queen of Victory. The feast was established by Pope Pius V to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for delivering victory to the Christian fleet over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The battle probably saved Europe from eventually being overrun by the forces of Islam, as tens of thousands of the most elite and experienced soldiers and sailors of the Ottoman Empire perished that day.

Interestingly, today also marks the tenth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, pitting the United States and the West against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

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