Alfred E. Smith

  • Catholic and Patriot
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    Catholic and Patriot

    As a presidential candidate who would become the first Catholic nominated by a major party, the New York governor responded to charges that he would be unable to reconcile his faith with his duties in the White House. Though he lost the race, his admonition against religious division blazed a path for John F. Kennedy, a fellow Catholic, and was invoked again this year as Mitt Romney, a Mormon, pursued the presidency.

  • Catholic and Patriot

    This is an historic incident, historic for the country and for the Church. Now for the first time in the public's history, under a constitution…

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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