Aleteia

Church History

Hildegard of Bingen: A woman who reproached both popes and kings

Benedict XVI proclaimed her Doctor of the Church in 2012.

Do you know the place where Jesus wept?

In Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, there’s a church built on the spot where Jesus wept while riding toward the city.

What you need to know about the Orthodox-Catholic split and hopes for reunification

When, why and how did it happen? And when will it come to an end?

When St. Michael crushed a very Pope-ish looking devil

The face in the painting looked very familiar…

How did early Christian monks become so wealthy?

They believed they had to work to support themselves and the poor.

Relics of St. Peter are thought to be found in Roman church

Archaeologists will compare remains to those in St. Peter's Basilica to confirm they belonged to the first pope.

The nuns of the American Civil War

Approximately 640 sisters volunteered their nursing services, asking only for necessities in return.

Why do we say “God bless you” after sneezing?

You may be surprised at the answer.

The only 15th-century Catholic church still in use in America

Marquette’s Joan of Arc chapel contains a stone said to have been kissed by the saint herself.

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