Padre Pio (1915): “This dreadful war [World War I] will indeed be a time of salutary purification for Italy and for God’s Church. It will reawaken in Italian hearts the faith that was hidden away, drowsy, as it were, and suffocated for lack of good will. It will bring forth most beautiful flowers in God’s Church in a soil that had become parched and dry…”
Second Council of Nicea, 787: “Anathema to those who apply the words of Holy Scripture which were spoken against idols, to the venerable images.”
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