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Church History

Tracking the journey of the Holy Sponge that gave Christ his last sip of wine

Along with the True Cross and the Crown of Thorns, the Holy Sponge is a relic known as an "Instrument of the Passion."

This Jesuit-built Church in Rome was the first to glorify the Eucharist

After the Reformation, Christ incarnate was to be proclaimed as boldly as possible.

Life of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” revealed in new documentary

Peter Barakan takes viewers on a tour of the places where the followers of Jesus kept the faith throughout centuries of persecution.

Ben Franklin and Archbishop Carroll: a friendship that goes down in history

First resident bishop of the United States played a key role in America's founding

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.

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