Fr. Mario Alexis Portella is Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence. 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 holds an M.A. in medieval history from Fordham University, and studied at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, from where he received a doctorate in canon law and a doctorate in civil law. 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).