Today In Fact, 3 September

How St. Marinus showed that politics and religion mix.

In my youth, I would often hear my more conservative acquaintances asserting that “politics and religion don’t mix”. This was part of the whole anti-mixing logic of those supporters of apartheid who also believed that sport and politics don’t mix and neither should people of different race groups.

Well thanks to Saint Marinus, whose feast day is celebrated today, we have an example for the noble mixing of politics and religion. This Croatian stonemason lived at the turn of the 4th century and after many years of trials and struggle settled a community on the three heads of Mount Titanus in Italy.

The founder of the world’s oldest republic, San Marino has maintained its independence from both Pope and Emperor for over seventeen centuries.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer ( )

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