Episode 38

The battle of Lepanto in 1571 was a pivotal defence of Christendom in Europe from the invading Islamic Turks. Chris Check joins Charbel to explain the glorious victory of the battle of Lepanto, and the Catholic Church’s secret weapon. Chris Check is the President of Catholic Answers.

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Lepanto: The Battle that Saved the West – Christopher Check – Catholic Answers (3 CD Set)

On October 7, 1571, the most important sea battle in history was fought near the mouth of what is today called the Gulf of Patras, then the Gulf of Lepanto. On one side were the war galleys of the Holy League and on the other, those of the Ottoman Turks, rowed by tens of thousands of Christian galley slaves. Although the battle decided the future of Europe, few Europeans, and even fewer European Americans, know the story, much less how close Western Europe came to suffering an Islamic conquest.

On October 7, 1911, English poet and theologian G.K. Chesterton honored the battle with what is perhaps the greatest ballad of the twentieth century. He wrote this extraordinary poem while the postman impatiently waited for the copy. It was instantly popular and remained so for years. The ballad is no less inspiring today and is more timely than ever, as the West faces the growing threat of Islam.

In this three-CD set, Christopher Check tells the exhilarating story of Lepanto, first in his own words and then through the poem of G.K. Chesterton.

Don’t miss out on this fascinating and vital piece of our Catholic history, told with energy and wit.

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