Mario Alexis Portella is a priest at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and is a doctoral candidate in ‘Utriusque Iuris’ (Civil and Canon Law) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.  He received his B.A. in government and politics at St. John’s University in New York, where he later taught as an Associate Professor. He also holds an M.A. in medieval history from Fordham University, also in New York.  He is the author of Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation (BP Editing, 2012) and Ethiopian and Eritrean Monasticism: The Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Two Nations (BP Editing, 2015).  His most recent book is Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-up (WestBow Press, 2018).  He blogs at ‘The Great Architect’.