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Catholic history

4 Beautiful Catholic churches in the the coastal American South

Catholicism in the South dates back to the 1500s, and remains strong today.

How Maryland was named after the devout Catholic wife of a doomed English king

Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles I, tried to convert as many English people as she could and scandalized the locals by praying for Catholic martyrs.

The inside of this Catholic church in Portugal is decorated with more than 650 pounds of gold dust

Despite its sober Gothic exterior, the Church of Saint Francis holds one of the finest examples of a Baroque interior.

What does the Lord’s Prayer sound like in Old English?

The Anglo-Saxons came to Britain at around the same time the Romans were on their way out. This is what their prayers must have sounded like.

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.

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