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Catholic history

When the plague hit Venice, the citizens built this church

As the world faces the challenge of coronavirus, it’s important to remember how faith saved one of the world’s most loved cities from the plague.

Newly opened Vatican archives unveil Pope Pius XII’s relationship with the Jews

Unpublished images of documents present in the Vatican archives on the pontificate of Pius XII (1876-1958).

Dominicans’ YouTube channel will teach you to chant, for free

Two young friars are bringing Catholic music education to a computer near you.

Exclusive photos: The Catholic shrine in East Harlem

The incredible story of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the heart of a notorious Manhattan neighborhood.

How Leap Day can bring us closer to God

This special day every four years reminds us of God’s dominion over time, creation, and every part of our lives.

Cherub returns to church 17 years after it was stolen

The priests of Heilgenkreuz Abbey, who oversee the Austrian church, welcomed the heavenly messenger back with open arms.

Finding Faith: This diorama shows Catholic medical mercy in action

Providing medical care has long been one of the Catholic Church's strengths, as this model of a 16th-century hospital shows.

Memento mori in art: Skulls, skeletons, and rotting fruit to remind us of the vanity of life

Mortality was on everyone’s mind in bygone centuries, but these useful reminders of the inevitability of death remain a popular artistic theme today.

Raphael’s tapestries of Apostles are returning to the Sistine Chapel

The 10 tapestries, depicting the life of Saints Peter and Paul, will be on display for one week for the 500th anniversary of the great Renaissance painter.

The Catholic meaning behind 11 US towns and cities your kids should know

From Santa Fe to Sacramento, teach your family the meaning behind these historical places.

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