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Church History

A pilgrimage to The Alamo and the Catholic missions of San Antonio

Four missions and and a ranch built in the 18th century by Franciscan monks served as a stage for crucial moments in Texan history.

A short history of the humble pew

Churches did not always have seating. How it has evolved says a lot about how we've practiced Christianity.

Exorcisms in medieval art: The devil’s in the details

The Bible devotes relatively few passages to the devil, never describing his looks.

5 Christian sites in the ancient city of Ephesus

St. Paul addressed one of his letters to the Ephesians, and the Apostle John lived there with Mary until her Assumption.

Angels in glass: Dazzling color, bridging this world and the next

These angels must have been awe-inspiring for people in the Middle Ages, whose experience of color was limited to shades of brown and beige.

What does the expression “fishers of men” mean?

The original Greek phrasing has little to do with “catching” people.

This 13th-century chapel built into a cliff in Wales was known for its miraculous well

St. Govan’s Chapel is named after a cave-dwelling monk who lived there in the 6th century.

This “sculpture” of a catacomb saint turned out to contain his holy remains

In 2012 the remains of St. Aurelius were discovered within what was thought to be a work of art.

These relics of Jesus’ crown of thorns can be found in Italy

Here's where you can find Holy Thorns, relics from Christ's Passion.

10 Different kinds of crosses (and their meanings)

Not all crosses are the same ... nor are their meanings.