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Church History

Vatican mystery solved: An old photo identifies 4 nuns who cataloged half a million stars

These "lady computers" spent over a decade completing one of the greatest astronomy projects of the 20th century.

The mystery of icon-preserving bees

In Greece, a pious beekeeper has a habit of putting icons in his beehives. The icons bless the bees ... and the bees protect the icons.

Lindisfarne: One of Britain’s oldest churches is discovered on the Holy Island

Dating from around the mid 7th century, it might have been built by the very same founder of Lindisfarne, St. Aidan.

Are there Christian “secrets” reserved for an initiated elite?

Esotericism is contrary to the nature of Christianity.

1,600-year-old basilica found underwater in what was ancient Nicaea

Archaeologists in Turkey suspect the church may have been built in the year 325, following the First Council of Nicaea.

5 Inspiring quotes from St. Cyril of Alexandria

These quotes show the richness of the faith and the ancient roots of Catholic teaching in the early centuries of the Church.

A 17th-century hymn to the Virgin Mary, originally written in Quéchua

The Hanacpachap Cussicuinin is a choral jewel of colonial South American music.

Who were the authors of the so-called “Gnostic gospels,” and what did they believe?

During times of cultural crisis, new versions of Gnosticism awaken: learn about their origins!

5 Must-see missions on the California Mission Trail

A trip along what was once the Camino Real tells the state's story, from San Diego to Sonoma.

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