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5 Ways the Catholic Church has changed the world

Word on Fire's recent man-on-the-street interviews demonstrate that young adults need to study Church history.

Why do Franciscan friars wear brown?

A look at how the classic brown robes of the Franciscans came to be.

The Veiled Virgin: Another miracle of transparent marble

While marble busts of veiled women were quite popular in the 19th century, Strazza’s Veiled Virgin was deemed “a perfect gem of art.”

Archaeologists revive a Florida priest’s discovery, buried since the 1950s

A mysterious building dating to the Spanish colonial era goes on display in St. Augustine.

This art from the earliest known “house church” is nearly 1,800 years old

It is unknown if the site still survives after ISIS occupation.

This medieval map melds Greek myths with biblical passages

The Mappa Mundi attempts to pin down locations of the unattainable and the grotesque.

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.

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