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Church History

Whatever happened to claiming “sanctuary” in a church?

Claiming sanctuary in a house of worship predates Christianity and still happens today.

Who wrote the four Gospels?

Ancient ideas on "authorship" and "inspiration" might be different from ours.

A visit to the 500-year-old remains of St. Catherine of Bologna, expert on spiritual warfare

St. Catherine led a quiet but prolific life inside a Poor Clares convent in Bologna where her mummified remains have been kept since 1463 when they were exhumed and found incorrupt.

Gloucester Cathedral, the location site of the Harry Potter movies

Many scenes of the popular saga have been filmed inside the 1,300-year-old Gloucester Cathedral.

How the Catholic Church shaped the history of law

The reforms of Pope Gregory VII gave impetus to forming the laws of European states.

How old is Palm Sunday?

The blessings and processions of palms go back deep into early Christianity.

New website offers closeup views of Shroud of Turin brings together Vernon Miller's scientific images of the disputed relic.

Where are the oldest churches in Europe?

The history of the Church in Europe is an integral part of the continent's own story.

Where are the oldest churches in Asia?

Some structures reach back to the earliest days of Christianity.

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