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Church History

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.

Why every Catholic needs to see Chartres Cathedral

Orson Welles called it, “The premier work of man perhaps in the whole Western world.”

Journey to the world’s most colorful churches

From Europe and Russia to the Americas, there are plenty of examples of colorful Catholic churches.

This tiny 16th-century rosary bead has 5 scenes from the Bible carved into it

The incredibly detailed bead was probably carved with the use of a magnifying glass.

Clandestine Catholics and the hidden devotional items they used to carry out their faith

A mere 500 years ago, Catholics were hiding their faith on both sides of the planet. Persecution was rampant in Japan and in England.

The symbolism of the iconic San Damiano cross

St. Francis of Assisi was praying before the Byzantine-style crucifix when he received a commission from God to rebuild the Church.

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