Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict, Patron of Europe. The other major feast, that of the passing of St. Benedict on March 21st, was suppressed this year as it fell on Good Friday. He is one of the great lights of the church in the dark ages, and it was to be the Benedictine monks who preserved in their monasteries the faith and civilisation in that period.
In this new dark ages of the culture of death, it is not by accident that Holy Father has taken the name of Benedict. Just as his namesake led Europe out of barbarianism into the Christian middle ages, so may Benedict XVI lead a repaganised Europe back to the light of the Catholic faith.