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A Saint and a Sea Battle: How the Rosary Saved Christian Europe

Jan Peeters painting of the Battle of Lepanto of 1571, with Pope Pius V kneeling in prayer

It is said that crew members throughout the Holy League fleet spiritually joined Christians across Europe by praying the Rosary as the battle drew near. Pius V knew that it was the Blessed Virgin Mary and devotion to her through the Rosary that had given new hope to Christendom.