I found this bit particularly interesting:
In what was considered a controversial and old-fashioned decision in Sweden, which is renowned for its liberal views, the Crown Princess, 32, was escorted down the aisle by her father, the King, rather than walking with her husband-to-be, which is customary in Sweden.
Mr. Wilson on the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War
Excerpt from a comment at AQ:
Guernica is one of the greatest myths of the 20th Century, while based on a true event: The bombing of the city during the Spanish Civil War; most of the "facts" as recounted in the official versions are pure fiction. Guernica was a city of military value, laying on the front of the Communist lines; the Luftwaffe did bomb some of the outlying portions of the town, causing little damage, but the Communist forces deliberately set fire to the town and planted dynamite charges in buildings to cause cause greater damage, in order to prevent it from falling in to the hands of Franco's forces intact (this is what they did in Irun, and what they were planning to do in Bilbao, but were here prevented by the Basque militias). This arson fire burned out of control and caused the death to the majority of the victims which numbered around 100 (not the thousands that the red propaganda machine would have you believe). The town could have been saved even then, but the fire fighting forces sent from Bilbao were under orders not to do anything to prevent the fire from spreading, so that it took over eight hours of the fires burning out of control for the town to be destroyed.
Pablo Picasso's famous painting was nothing more than a product of the artist's own imagination fueled by his Communist ideology and his sympathy and support for the Communist forces fighting Franco.
Excerpt from a comment at Rorate Cæli:
There is a long tradition connecting Mary to the Temple in Jersualem.
The tradition to which you refer tells us that Sts. Joachim and Anne presented their daughter and only child Mary to the Temple priests, who accepted her as one of the virgin handmaidens of the Temple who are mentioned in Judges (the story of the near annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin, whose survivors were permitted to abduct and marry the young women who served at the Tabernacle in Shiloh) and I Kings (the story of Phinehas and Hophni, wicked sons of Eli the High Priest -- his sons defiled some of the Temple virgins).
From an article in a recent edition of The Weekend Australian:
COMPARE that approach to Russia, where schoolchildren in St Petersburg have been given a prayer to say for PM Vladimir Putin, asking the power/s above to keep him safe from "demonic temptations". Putin has denied there is a personality cult growing around him. We suspect the same cannot be said for South Australian Treasurer Kevin Foley.
Feast of St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop, Confessor, A.D. 2010