Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Rome of the Popes - La Roma de los Papas - La Roma dei Papi
O Felix Roma - O Roma Nobilis
Were it not for the unceasing vigilance of the Bishops of Rome, the crescent instead of the Cross would have surmounted the domes and temples of Europe, Mohammedanism instead of Christianity would be the dominant religion of that continent, and our fathers who came from Europe would have brought with them their religion and their laws from the Koran instead of the Bible.
No other institution [other than the Catholic Church] is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheater. ~Life of Pope Pius X