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Church History

The first pope to be photographed was not afraid of new technology

Some were wary, but Pius IX had no qualms with his picture being taken.

History by a hair: The tonsure controversy

There was a third tonsure, which disappeared during the Middle Ages.

How many times has the Bible been translated?

If Aramaic was good enough for Jesus … oh, wait.

Church on site of Jesus’ birth uncovers mosaics dating from the 4th century

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is opening once again after a five-year restoration

Rome’s Catacombs witness to the Catholic faith of the early Church

Inscriptions and art found in these ancient burial places shed light on how the first Christians lived their faith.

13 Medieval monasteries around the pilgrimage route to Santiago, Spain

These architectural icons, built in the Spanish Romanesque style, are scattered along the Way of St. James, also known as the "Camino de Santiago."

These 7 Catholic women were real life superheroes

They sometimes had to fight -- literally -- for truth, justice and honor.

The Botafumeiro: An incense burner so large it needs a whole church to swing

The tradition of swinging the gigantic thurible comes from the 11th century.

Rome’s Pantheon, a place of Christian worship for the past 1,400 years

The ancient pagan temple turned church is remarkably well preserved -- it boasts the oldest unsupported concrete dome in the world.

ChurchFathers.org asks: What did the Fathers say about it?

A new website gets at the heart of the teachings of Christianity's earliest preachers and teachers.

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