Friday, October 7, 2011

Our Lady of the Rosary

This day in 1571 Don Juan de Austria and the Holy League defeated Ali Pasha and his Ottoman fleet at Lepanto. This victory stopped the Ottoman Empire and stemmed the spread of Islam to the west.
Pope St. Pius V(the first patron of this blog - look to the right) called for Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. In thanksgiving for the victory he instituted the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

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