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Somehow this slipped past the Disputations filter, but during her vacation in Spain in August, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that her husband -- a.k.a. President Obama -- "always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet."

Mary Help of Christians is the patroness of the Salesian order of priests and nuns, and during an Aug. 13 visit to the Spanish city of Ronda with her daughter, Sasha, the first lady stopped at the Salesian community there.

According to the Salesian news service, she told the priest in charge that her husband "always carries with him a photograph with an image of Mary Help of Christians, to whom, those present reported, the first family of the United States has great devotion."

Virgin Mary, President ObamaFor Catholics, the special prayer to Jesus through his mother Mary for divine aid is about as, well, Catholic as you can get (evidence of a particular supplication to the Virgin dates back to the 3rd century, according to some sources). It is also more evidence for my colleague Jeff Weiss's theory that Obama is actually a closet Catholic and not a crypto-Muslim, as many believe.

But Obama's Marian devotion could resonate even more deeply, as the prayer to Mary Help of Christians is associated with two of the greatest battles in history between Christendom and Islam, both victories by papal forces.

The Virgin Mary was first formally given the title of "Help of Christians" by Pope Pius V after the dramatic naval victory over the Turkish forces at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Then in 1683, the forces of Christendom beat back the 200,000 Ottoman Turks from the gates of Vienna. During the fighting, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau.

Many view those clashes as prequels to today's war between the West and radical Islam. The Blessed Virgin Mary to the rescue again?

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felipluis6

Thank you very much
God Bless you.

February 27 2011 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kp0702

Prior to the Presidential election in November 2008 Obama was a Christian. After the election he wasn't sure. Prior to the mid-term election of November 2008 he is a Christian again. It appears he is Al Gore! Flip flop, Flip flop!

September 29 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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dbritanak

the only ones who aren't sure of obama's faith persuasion are the folks who, when citing his 'radical christian' views didn't stop his election, now accuse him of islamic leanings, as if believing in islam is a crime.

October 01 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Yep Im sure he picked up his catholic devotion in church with paster wright. I am positive thats when he started to carry this card in his wallet, fits in nice with the communist card, socialist card, healthcare card, death to America card, and his pictures of his wife and kids.

September 28 2010 at 9:25 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Marcia

he takes help wherever he can find it -- for it to come from the GOP would take a miracle

September 28 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
snrar

Now I know he is not really a christian ! I just don't buy it .

September 28 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
ziegler21wp

Can't we please let each of us practice our faith in the way we choose? I have no doubt that President Obama is a Christian and if he is not your kind of Christian, please try to get over it.

September 28 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
nblueb18

President Obama is strongly pro-abortion with a deliberate disregard of the unborn. He has removed the ban on embryonic stem cell research, implemented portions of the FOCA by executive order, signed legislation removing protections for the unborn, and supports gay marriage. As a legislator he has voted against bans of partial birth abortions and voted against parent notification. As President he has appointed anti-catholics to his religious advisory council - but never anti-gay or anti-Muslim people. So now some suggest he is devoted to the Virgin Mary and is secretly pro-life? Give me a break; this is a pernicious lie.

September 28 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +28 rate up rate down Reply
ericjguerin

If his beliefs align with Fr Pfleger of Chicago fame, beware. Fr Pfleger should be excommunicated from the Catholic church as a heretic, along with Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, the Kennedys and many other Catholics elected to office. These people routinely violate the teachings of the church on matters of abortion and "social justice". Pray for their conversion to the truth.

September 28 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply
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Zoom

Excuse me, but the church and our state are not intertwined. Their religion should not dictate how the country is governed. We pay them to do a job, not inflict their personal beliefs on us. Unfortunately, you want all of us to submit to your beliefs, which runs completely contrary to how our country is supposed to operate. You, sir, are anti-American.

September 28 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Bob B

There is nothing wrong or 'anti-American' about anyone of whatever believe system in an elected position to aim to affect public policy so as to reflect his/her beliefs. That is what democracy (including a domocratic replublic) is all about. Surely those of little faith or no faith want public policy to reflect their opinions - they seem to be in the majority. Both sides discuss the matter at hand, each trying to convice the other of the value of their argument(s). Then it comes to a vote. Somebody wins, somebody loses - or an accomdation is made. The winners walk away satisfied (in an accomodation perhaps somewhat), the losers get ready to fight another day. In the end, on the next election day, the voters decide if they are satisfied with their representative and either re-elect him/her, or toss him/her out on their ear. That is the way it should work - no one has a right to expect their representative to hang his/her value system at the outside of their office door (those are appropriately called 'phony' or 'flakes' - of course the candidate should let prospective voters know of his/her convictions or that he/she will not sacrifice their value system on the altar of politics ... that way the voters can either accept it and vote him/her, or vote for the other person - the 'phony' or the 'flake'.

October 22 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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