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Catholic history

The Holy Land Franciscans have been leading pilgrims for 800 years

For 800 years, the Holy Land Franciscans have been entrusted with a sacred duty: guardianship of the most precious sites of the Christian faith.

Take a virtual pilgrimage to the “Lourdes of Wales”

St. Winefride’s Well has been known for its healing waters since medieval times.

The Museum of the Bible finds its place alongside the Smithsonian

Lines of visitors wrap around the block to explore Washington, D.C.'s newest museum.

Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate corroborates Gospel

The "Pilate Stone" recorded Pilate's name and position in a dedication to the Emperor.

The most accurate reconstruction of St. Anthony of Padua’s face

Cícero Moraes excels at creating accurate 3D renderings of saints based on their skulls.

PHOTO GALLERY: The most beautiful images of Corpus Christi from around the world

Inspiring pictures of Catholics giving public witness to their faith and devotion to the Eucharist

Understanding icons: What do Jesus’ hand gestures mean?

A visual guide to Christian iconography.

How the two largest Catholic communities of New York came together

There was a time when the Irish and the Italians hated each other.

Enjoy “banking” at a credit union? Thank a priest

The first such institution in the US was at a Catholic parish, with a precedent set by Canadian missionary.

St. Patrick was not Irish. And his name wasn’t Patrick, either

Some things you really didn’t know about Ireland’s favorite saint.

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