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Catholic history

Christians who have given their life for Christ in 2017

Aleteia provides an overview of some recent 21st-century martyrs.

The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus

The basilica was built over the Bethlehem cave where the Christ child was born.

The (true) legend of India’s only Catholic Queen

Begum Samru ruled over a vast and rich province in northern India in such a manner that even the British East India Company considered her a threat.

Pope Francis: Pass on the “truly rich heritage of the Latin tradition” to the young

In this year's Pontifical Academy award ceremony, the pontiff invokes St. Augustine to remind the faithful of the urgency to look to the Church's Latin roots.

Meet Maria Agnesi: First female mathematics professor

This 18th-century prodigy was an intellectual of staggering brilliance, and a faithful Catholic servant of the poor.

Louis Braille: The blind Catholic musician who invented touch-reading

He invented braille reading and writing using the same tool that had cost him his sight.

Louis Pasteur: Father of microbiology, and a Catholic

A poor student as a child, he became a ground-breaking scientist while maintaining his sense of faith.

Witold Pilecki: The man who volunteered to be imprisoned at Auschwitz

Leaving behind everything he loved on earth, he "entered something seemingly no longer of it.”

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty: Rescuer of Jews, Allies, and … Nazis?

This Irish priest with a love for golf became a vital part of the Rome Escape Line in WWII. Gregory Peck played him in 'The Scarlet and the Black.'

Did St. Teresa invent French fries?

The Belgians and the French lay claim, but …

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