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Catholic history

The origins of the names “Santiago” and “Compostela”

A hermit named Pelayo said that he had seen a shower of stars in the forest of Libredón, giving Compostela its name: “campus stellae,” “the field of stars,” in Latin.

The Bavarian monastery that hosted 5,000 refugees in Post-War Germany

Some 450 babies were born at this monastery in the years following the end of the war.

The day St. Joseph built a staircase in New Mexico

The Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to an exceptional work of carpentry

Watch King Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in 3D

The First Temple was virtually reconstructed following the description found in the First Book of Kings.

The Great Fire of Chicago almost destroyed this beautiful church, but prayer intervened

A special novena saved the church where Mr. and Mrs. O'Leary were parishioners.

What happened to Thomas after his famous episode of incredulity? Art knows the answer

The Acta Thomae, a document principally concerning the saint’s life, takes this story of faith forward.

The 17th-century church built by Jesuits in Agra, India

The church was at one time the heart of a thriving Armenian Christian community.

The day a 1,500-year-old underground Byzantine church was found in Turkey

Unearthed in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia, the unique church contains remarkable frescoes.

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.

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