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Published:April 13th, 2009 11:34 EST
 Seal Sharpshooters Save Captain Richard Phillips

Seal Sharpshooters Save Captain Richard Phillips

By SOP newswire2

"The St. Gabriel Possenti Society ( commends the United States Navy and in particular its Seal sharpshooters for the daring Easter rescue of heroic Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama," John M. Snyder, Society Founder/Chairman, said here today.

"We know this is a tremendous occasion for Captain Phillips and his family," he continued. "We offer our prayers of thanksgiving to Our Resurrected Lord and we honor our American armed services at this moment.

"This action demonstrates that guns in the hands of good people can be used to save lives and to thwart the intentions of wicked people using guns for nefarious purposes. This underscores the necessity of accurate firepower in certain circumstances."

Snyder added the Middle East action "demonstrates in the early 21st century what St. Gabriel Possenti, our patron, demonstrated in the mid-19th century. That is that good people need firearms to perform good and necessary acts on particular occasions. St. Gabriel Possenti was a Catholic seminarian who used handguns in 1860 to rescue villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a gang of renegade marauders. He died two years later of natural causes and was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920."

The international St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. commemorates the 20th anniversary of its founding this year. An interdenominational group, the Society emphasizes the historical, philosophical and theological bases for the doctrine of legitimate self- defense. It seeks official Vatican designation of St. Gabriel Possenti as Patron of Handgunners.