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Church History

The oldest known images of the apostles

Paintings of Peter, Paul, Andrew and John, dating back to the 4th century, were discovered in the Roman catacombs of St. Tecla.

Discovering the history of Guernsey’s most unusual “Little Chapel”

How the creation of a visionary Christian Brother became one of the Channel Islands' most iconic destinations.

Coffee was “Satan’s brew” before Pope Clement VIII baptized it

The fascinating story of how coffee made its way to the West.

São Lourenço, the incredible blue-tiled church in Algarve, Portugal

It is one of the most prominent adaptations of Portugal’s azulejos tilework in a religious context.

The secret Catholic chapel in the attic created in Reformation-era Amsterdam

"Our Dear Lord in the Attic" church was built to serve persecuted Catholics.

Incredible before-and-after photos: An abandoned medieval church is restored

The 13th-century church had been covered in vegetation before its dramatic rescue.

Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses?

Numbering the Bible is a relatively recent invention in the history of Sacred Scripture.

Why an indulgence of so many days never was about getting time off Purgatory

The Church is really quite "indulgent" -- just like her Lord and Master.

What can regular churchgoers actually do when the Church is in crisis?

Laity has power, but this is not a power struggle.

Canterbury stained glass discovered to date back to 12th century

Once presumed to be the work of Victorian restorers, the panels were found to date back to 10 years after Thomas Becket's martyrdom.

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