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Catholic history

There hasn’t been a bearded pope in more than 300 years. There is a reason for it

Beards have a long story in the Bible, canon law and tradition. It’s a love-hate relationship, it seems.

A brief (and slightly biased) history of Christianity in Britain

Although Augustine is considered the founder of English Christianity, Christians had existed in the British Isles centuries before his arrival.

Sevilla’s Santa María de La Sede is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral

It is said the authorities involved agreed on building “a church so big they think we are crazy.”

The oldest catechism in Christian history dates from the 1st century

And it’s an anonymous treatise the Church Fathers held in the highest esteem.

The pope who “baptized” coffee

Coffee was considered “the Devil’s Drink” until Clement VIII tried it.

Get to know the Shroud of Turin’s companion cloth

Less celebrated but more often viewed is Spain's Sudarium.

The oldest known Eucharistic hymn in a wonderful new English translation

The melody, Victimae Paschali Laudes, has been used for some of the oldest hymn texts.

Christians were not always called “Christians”

The word “Christian” is only used three times in the New Testament.

Meet the family that has crafted clothes for the pope since 1786 

The Gammarelli family runs one of Rome's oldest family-owned shops.

This drone flying over Mont Saint-Michel will turn your thought to higher things

The ancient monastery built on an island has been inspiring pilgrims and monks since the 8th century.

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