The Catholics who defended the Papal States against the Italian army

Posted November 3, 2017 12:09 pm by Neil Addison

Today is the 150th anniversary of an almost-forgotten battle, in which a large force of young Catholic men came together to defend the independence of the Holy See. The battle was fought at Mentana, 18 miles north-east of Rome, and the Catholic regiment – the Pontifical Zouaves – have a story that is worth retelling. For centuries the Holy See had governed a large band of central…

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