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Early Christians couldn't serve in the military because it involved pagan sacrifices, not because of an objection to the military service itself. . . .

To Ulaanbaatar by London cab

Across eighteen countries, eleven mountain ranges, and three deserts.
Ed Monckton, Max Firman, and Charles Oliver are but three of the scores participating in this year’s Mongol Rally to raise money for charity. Norumbega talks to Ed Monckton about the journey ahead.

Ferenc Fejto (1909–2008)

The Hungarian-born French intellectual was “a pure product of the Habsburg empire” according to Le Monde, and his History of the Peoples Democracies condemned the Stalinist dictatorships behind the Iron Curtain.

The Feast of Saint John at the Vatican

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI receives His Most Eminent Highness Frà Matthew Festing, the Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta.
Norumbega No. 7 — June 30, 2008

The life & death of The European

An idea before its time or the mad dream of a master swindler?
Born of the infamous Robert Maxwell, The European had a rocky start and a muddled history. Why, as European institutions only grew in importance, did “Europe’s national newspaper” fail?

The Kirchners vs. the Argentine nation

Argentina enters its third straight month of crisis as the presidential couple refuse to back down in the face of spreading farm protests over excessive export taxation.

G. K. Chesterton views the sunrise

When Plain Folk, such as you or I,
See the Sun sinking in the sky,
We think it is the Setting Sun,
But Mr. Gilbert Chesterton
Is not so easily misled. …

Sleek new design for Berlin State Opera

Facing a massive overhaul and rebuilding of its main hall and auditorium, Berlin’s opera has awarded prizes to three entries from its architectural competition.

The covers of The Masses, 1911-1917.

Norumbega No. 6 — June 2, 2008

Dehumanizing the Enemy

Mass democracy, mass warfare,
mass barbarism.
The twentieth century was the most democratic and the bloodiest; these two factors are inextricably linked. Since the First World War we have witnessed the dehumanization of the enemy and the loosening of restraints upon conduct during war.

End of the Line for
the Iconic ‘Dingbat’

The Paris-based International Herald Tribune has dumped its iconic 142-year-old logo in the hope of providing a “cleaner, more modern, more streamlined” look.

German Poet Calls for NATO ‘Day of Shame’

Poet Peter Handke, widely praised for his recent collection “Die Morawische Nacht”, has proposed that March 24 be set aside as a day of shame in remembrance of the 1999 Serbia war.

Quebec affirms: Crucifix shall remain

The parliament of Quebec have unanimously rejected a commission’s proposal that the crucifix above the Speaker’s Chair in the National Assembly be removed.

What To Do When You Find a Hohenzollern in Your Study

A brief guide for the uninitiated.
Norumbega No. 5 — May 12, 2008

The Other Modern

An architecture of continuity
While most postwar architecture plunged into the dismal depths of modernism, under Francisco Franco, the architect Luis Moya showed that there is indeed another way: architecture as a continuation of history rather than a rejection of history.

The Right takes Rome:
Alemanno is Mayor

Yet another victory for Italy’s Right as their controversial candidate is victorious in the race for Mayor of Rome.

The Café Society of Ferenc Molnar

The Café Central has been a meeting place for Budapest’s literary elite since it opened in 1887.
Norumbega No. 4 — April 28, 2008

Veuillot: Icon and Iconoclast

A maligned and forgotten essayist, satirist, devotional writer, and newspaper editor
Louis Veuillot was the man whom Pope St. Pius X called a model for the Catholic laity, writes Dr. John Rao.

61-year Rule of the Colorados Ends

The election of a socialist bishop as President of Paraguay brings to an end over six decades of conservative rule.

A Classical Row of Townhouses

De la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists have won an award from their Almeria Row townhouses in Florida.

Victory for the Italian Right

Mr. Berlusconi’s coalition has won an historic victory for the Italian Right: Forza Italia and the Alleanza Nazionale have merged, the Lega Nord is on board, and for the first time in the post-war era, no Communist Party has even a single seat in parliament.

The Loyal Daughter and the Wayward Son

Two very different royals — Princess Alessandra Borghese of the old Roman family, and Prince Emmanuel Filiberto of the House of Savoy — ran for parliament in 2008.

Mrs. Berlusconi: It’s Time to End Italy

Klemens von Metternich’s remark that Italy is little more than “a geographic expression” finds a perhaps unlikely supporter in the wife of the Prime Minister-elect.

The Installation of Frà Freddie Crichton-Stuart

The Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Frà Matthew Festing, returns home to install the new Grand Prior of England, Frà Freddie Crichton-Stuart.

News of the World


Young Catholics yearn for tradition

SYDNEY – As pilgrims from across the world gather for World Youth Day, more and more young people are seeking to return to more traditional Catholic Latin masses. The Juventutem movement has been quietly gathering momentum in Australia and around the world since the Pope last year recommended that all parishes offer a traditional Latin service alongside the English mass.


Judge overrules father’s discipline of unruly child

GATINEAU – A judge has overruled a father’s refusal to allow his 12-year-old daughter go on a school trip in punishment for her unruly behavior.


Tribunal orders evangelical pastor to cease preaching

CALGARY – The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal has forbidden evangelical pastor Stephen Boisson from expressing his moral opposition to homosexuality and ordered him to pay $5,000 “damages for pain and suffering” and apologize to the activist who filed the complaint.


Constitutional Court outlaws morning-after pill

SANTIAGO – The Constitutional Court of Chile has voted 5-4 to outlaw the distribution of the morning after pill. The final text of the ruling has yet to be released, as the justices are wrapping up their opinions.


Newspaper: Virgin Mary Prevented Colombia War

BOGOTÁ – The Colombian daily El Tiempo has reported that the high tensions between Colombia on the one side and Venezuela and Ecuador on the other de-escalated after President Uribe of Colombia had a rosary said in the chapel of the Presidential Palace. The prayer specifically implored the protection of Mary as patroness of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.


Poll: Austrians desire EU treaty referendum

VIENNA – Sixty percent of Austrians want a referendum on the new EU constitutional treaty according to an OGM poll. 85 percent believe they have not been properly informed about the treaty. 47 percent expressed dissatisfaction with the EU, compared to the 44 percent who are happy with the EU.


Shrub fires choke Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES – The Argentine capital has been smoke-laden for nearly a week due to intentional fires started by farmers to clear shrubland north of the city.

Around the Sphere

‘A Sexual Revolution’

Jennifer Fulwiler writes of her journey from pro-choice atheist to pro-life Catholic in America magazine.

The BNP’s rise and New Labour’s demise are linked

The growing success of the British National Party is not due to disaffected Conservative Party supporters but rather Labourites discontented with their party’s leadership, Gary Younge explains at The Guardian.

Zimbabwe & the U.N. Charter

The Russian ambassador slammed the proposed sanctions against Zimbabwe as “is nothing but the council’s attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of a member state” and, as Daniel Larison points out at Eunomia, he is right.

A History of Political Trials

Not a single head of state who has faced trial for his political actions has ever been acquitted, writes John Laughland introducing his new book, A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Saddam Hussein, over on Brussels Journal.

Was World War II just as pointless as Iraq?

It makes me feel like a traitor to write this. The Second World War was my religion for most of my life. Brave, alone, bombed, defiant, we, the British, had won it on our own against the most evil and powerful enemy imaginable, writes Peter Hitchens at The Mail on Sunday.

Whatever happened to the good old working man?

He got rubbed out of history as being no longer desirable or fashionable to the modern world. And who rubbed him out? His supposed best “comrade”, the Socialist Left – that’s who! So writes Tribunus at Roman Christendom.

Political myths

The Republicans (and the Democrats) have made the great error of believing their own propaganda, as well as relying on stereotype in stead of reality, writes Daniel Larison at Eunomia.
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