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Church 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.

What is the Septuagint and why is it important?

The Greek translation of the Old Testament has a unique history and was highly favored by early Christians.

The oldest church in the U.S. is the Catholic San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe

Built between 1610 and 1628, the church still offers Masses on Sundays.

The oldest continuously operating library in the world is in this Egyptian monastery.

It's also the second richest library on Earth, due to the number and value of its books.

Is that a unicorn in my Bible?

A matter of translation ended up weaving a unique Christian iconographic tradition.

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.

Back to school: The five oldest universities in Europe

The university system as we know it developed in Europe around what were then called “cathedral schools.”

The “immovable” ladder of the Holy Sepulchre: Why has nobody moved it since 1757?

Also known as the “status quo ladder,” it is shared among six churches.

Christians were not always called “Christians”

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

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