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Church History

Churches “on the rocks”

Whether they be high atop a cliff, or lying beneath the surface, these churches rock.

Archaeologists discover medieval monks’ brewery in England

Monastic life in Catholic England apparently involved enjoying a pint.

Walking on tombstones in a Maltese church

The floor of St. John’s Co-Cathedral is covered with nearly 400 tombstones of Knights and officers of the Order of Malta.

Why do Christians use the fish symbol?

Bumper stickers weren't the first place where the Ichthys was used.

The Bible is widely owned, but not well known, new study finds

LifeWay Research examines reasons Americans aren't picking up The Good Book.

The “replacement” apostle, St Matthias

He wasn't new to the merry band, but well known for his constant presence.

Who were the Desert Fathers and why do they matter?

Their influence can be seen throughout the Church and is even found in popular culture.

Meet the saint who invented the name “Christian”

St Evodius was the second bishop of Antioch after St Peter.

Why do priests wear black?

The answer comes from its spiritual symbolism

The beautiful and ancient custom of blessing fields on Rogation Days

These days of supplication recognize the providential care God has over creation.