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Dear Catholic.com visitor: Summer is here, and you may be thinking about a well-deserved vacation, family get-togethers, BBQs with neighborhood friends. More than likely, making a donation to Catholic Answers is not on your radar right now. But this is exactly the time we most need your help. The “summer slowdown” in donations is upon us, but the work of spreading the gospel and explaining and defending the Faith never takes a break. Your gift today will change lives and save souls for Christ this summer! The reward is eternal. Thank you and God bless.

Pierre d’Aubusson

Grand Master of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (1423-1503)

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Aubusson, PIERRE D’, Grand Master of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, b. 1423; d. 1503. He made his first campaigns against the Turks, and fought next under the French Dauphin in a war against the Swiss (1444). It was on his return from thin last expedition that he obtained from Charles VII permission to join the Hospitallers. The year 1460 found him Castellan of Rhodes, and he soon after became captain-general of the city, which had been the seat of the order since 1309, and was now the chief obstacle to Ottoman supremacy in the Mediterranean. Mahomet II therefore resolved to subdue it. D’Aubusson, who had been raised (1476) to the Grand Mastership, foresaw the sultan’s design, and lost no time in making what preparations he could for the defense. A letter to the houses of his order brought him whatever men and money they could spare. Additional sums came from Sixtus IV and Louis XI, together with some of the bravest soldiers of Italy and France. Yet with all his exertions he was able to muster no more than 450 knights and 2,000 auxiliaries. The Turkish armament, which appeared before Rhodes May 23, 1480, was overwhelmingly superior in numbers, and was furnished with the best artillery then obtainable. But the example of d’Aubusson’s good right arm, and his omnipresence, made heroes of all the defenders. After three months of almost incessant fighting, which cost him 25,000 of his best warriors, the Turkish commander was forced to raise the siege. For this brilliant achievement d’Aubusson received a cardinal’s hat, and was revered by all Christendom as “the Shield of the Church“. In his subsequent efforts to form a league that would drive the Turks from Constantinople, he failed.

A.J.B. VUIBERT


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