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Catholic history

Clonmacnoise, the monastic hand that cradled Europe

Ireland is home to one of the most impressive ancient monastic enclaves in the world.

What happened to the True Cross of Christ?

Hidden many times and then rediscovered, chopped into pieces and dispersed, the precious relic has taken many journeys.

How Catholics invented capitalism

The birth of capitalism is often associated with Protestantism. But the roots of capitalism are slightly different.

Listen to King Alphonse X’s “Canticles of Holy Mary,” the most famous medieval collection of Marian songs and hyms

These Cantigas are comprised of 420 medieval poems, all of which mention the Virgin Mary

Did the Romans really throw all Christians to the Lions?

While Christian persecution was rampant in ancient Rome, it was not constant.

Medieval Lent was harder than you think

Would you mind breaking your fast at evening, rather than giving up chocolate?

In the 1600s, monks brewed beer for a liquid-only Lenten fast

To this day, the popular Paulaner brewery is quite proud of its Lent-related origins.

Marvelous astronomical clocks are hidden jewels within churches [SLIDE SHOW]

These extraordinary devices are found in churches in France.

Israeli archaeologists find an ancient Christian site described in the book of Acts

The 1500-year-old Byzantine pool might have been built in the place Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch mentioned in Acts 8.

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