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Catholic history

How the Catholic Church helped create postal services

For one thing, the earliest "post" men were, in fact, the Apostles.

Voces8 performing Fauré’s “Pie Jesu” will bring you to tears

Webber's "Pie Jesu" is beautiful, but Fauré's is more accommodating to prayer.

The great abbey of St. Augustine marked the rebirth of Christianity in England

It functioned as a Benedictine monastery from its foundation in 598 until the English Reformation.

You too will die: This Portuguese chapel is decorated with 5,000 human bones as a helpful reminder

Entire walls of skulls and bones were set up by Franciscan friars to remind us of the inevitability of death.

The Eleanor Crosses: A British royal romance etched in stone

Like the Taj Mahal, the 12 Eleanor Crosses are a symbol of a kingly grief.

St. Martin’s Church of Canterbury is the oldest church in the entire English-speaking world

The story of this church is intimately related to the lives of St. Bertha, King Aethelbert, and Augustine of Canterbury.

The story of St. Peter-on-the-Wall, one of the oldest churches in England

Built by St. Cedd in the year 654, it was reconsecrated much later, in 1920.

The Ku Klux Klan vs. Catholics: a sad chapter in American history

Americans who were proud of their heritage were wary of immigrants and an eventual papal takeover.

The haunting beauty of the “Black Hours” medieval prayer books

Because of their unusual color combination and elaborate illumination, most historians think that “Black Books” had an almost mystical status.

From Nast to Family Circus, Philadelphia exhibit shows how Catholics have been depicted in cartoons

Catholic Historical Research Center mounts display of drawings by and about Catholics.

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