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5 Not-to-be-missed Catholic sites in Sicily

From the first European church to the "most beautiful church in the world," the holy sites of Sicily belong on every Catholic's "bucket list."

Rare illuminated pages of Bible, Torah and Quran on show at the Getty

Medieval illuminated texts belonging to three monotheistic religions will be on exhibit until February 2019.  

Bishops: We hope change to Catechism on death penalty will “speed along” end of this practice

US prelates welcome "authentic development" of the Church's doctrine

The catacombs of St. Patrick’s Old Basilica

These narrow underground alleys were constructed shortly after the establishment of Old Saint Patrick’s in 1815.

Ever heard of Saint Peter’s “Old Basilica”?

Rome wasn't built in a day. Nor did St. Peter's basilica.

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

In the year 813 the legend began to run in Galicia that the apostle, having evangelized Spain, had been buried in those same lands ...

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.