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By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 8, 2021

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 8, 2021

Ines Angeli Murzaku is Professor of Church History at Seton Hall University.  …

Ines A. MurzakuI have visited the Valley of the Temples in Akragas – today’s Agrigento (Sicily) – several times. It is one of the most breathtaking places of Magna Graecia (Great Greece) dating back to the fifth century BC, the golden age of the Greeks in Sicily, before the coming of the Carthaginians and the Romans.

Since 1993, the valley has not been the same for me. I covered John Paul II’s May 9, 1993, visit to the Valley of the Temples for Vatican Radio. All present were stunned when the pontiff went off script, harshly denouncing the Sicilian mafia during his homily in front of Temple of Concordia.  …