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Church History

Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the oldest Catholic sites in North America

Built in 1626 by a multi-talented Jesuit priest it stands as one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture

Exclusive Photos: Exploring the oldest church in the world

An archaeologist's hunch led to an incredible discovery.

Where did the word “holiday” come from?

The word is distinctively Christian in origin.

Was St. Brendan the first to celebrate a thanksgiving Mass in America?

And were the Irish the first to bring Christianity to South Carolina?

The underwater ruins of Nicaea: The birthplace of the Creed

Archaeologists believe they have found the location of the Council that met in 325.

The first Catholic Church in the Hudson Valley served Irish immigrants

Parishioners would arrive at the riverside church by boat. Today, the Restoration Chapel is an ecumenical church.

These bishops were the first saints officially canonized by a pope

Historians point to these two saints as the first to undergo a more formal canonization process.

The oldest door in Britain is in Westminster Abbey

Constructed in the 1050s, it is the only piece of the original Westminster Abbey to remain.

2 Ancient categories that all saints are separated into

All saints can be sorted out into these two categories that were developed by the early Church.

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