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Catholic history

Royal Peculiars: A reminder of the British monarchy’s Catholic past

These chapels are best known as the sites of Britain's grandest marriage ceremonies.

The story behind the Madonna of the Snow

When snow miraculously fell in August in Rome, a church was built to commemorate the event.

The murder of St. Thomas Becket: The British Museum marks its 850th anniversary

King Henry II atoned for the sin by walking three miles with bloodied feet to Canterbury Cathedral, where Becket had been murdered.

The surprising works of art in Peru’s Cusco Cathedral 

Much of its 16th-century art represents Catholic themes with Incan symbolism.. 

Oldest letter between Christians identified in Switzerland

Written from one brother to another in Roman Egypt, it displays no concern about persecution.

Here’s how medieval monks prepared for Christmas

While it wasn't exactly festive compared to today's standards, Christmas was certainly a busy time of year in a medieval monastery.

Our idea of Santa Claus was dreamed up by an anti-Catholic cartoonist

Thomas Nast was also known for his unflattering depictions of Irish-Catholic immigrants and the pope.

Friday the 13th and how being scared is more interesting than reality

The superstition has a lot to do with a mundane group of medieval men.

The first Catholic church in Ohio was built for priest-deprived pioneers

The colony of German Catholics petitioned the bishop of Baltimore to send them a priest.

Over 160,000 pages of medieval manuscripts are now available online

This free, downloadable, searchable database, will bring a smile to medieval scholars and enthusiasts alike.

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