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Church History

Journey to the world’s most colorful churches

From Europe and Russia to the Americas, there are plenty of examples of colorful Catholic churches.

This tiny 16th-century rosary bead has 5 scenes from the Bible carved into it

The incredibly detailed bead was probably carved with the use of a magnifying glass.

Clandestine Catholics and the hidden devotional items they used to carry out their faith

A mere 500 years ago, Catholics were hiding their faith on both sides of the planet. Persecution was rampant in Japan and in England.

The symbolism of the iconic San Damiano cross

St. Francis of Assisi was praying before the Byzantine-style crucifix when he received a commission from God to rebuild the Church.

This chapel in Rotterdam merges Catholic architecture with contemporary design

St. Mary of the Angels recreates the mystical experience of traditional churches through organic modern design.

A pilgrimage to The Alamo and the Catholic missions of San Antonio

Four missions and and a ranch built in the 18th century by Franciscan monks served as a stage for crucial moments in Texan history.

A short history of the humble pew

Churches did not always have seating. How it has evolved says a lot about how we've practiced Christianity.

Exorcisms in medieval art: The devil’s in the details

The Bible devotes relatively few passages to the devil, never describing his looks.

5 Christian sites in the ancient city of Ephesus

St. Paul addressed one of his letters to the Ephesians, and the Apostle John lived there with Mary until her Assumption.

Angels in glass: Dazzling color, bridging this world and the next

These angels must have been awe-inspiring for people in the Middle Ages, whose experience of color was limited to shades of brown and beige.

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