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Culture

The strange case of the demon with the ice cream cone on the cathedral façade

Just as medieval masons drew inspiration from the bestiary they had at hand, contemporary artists blend tradition and pop culture to convey the same eternal message.

Listen to Arvo Pärt’s rendition of Psalm 130, “De Profundis”

The Estonian musician, considered the founder of “holy minimalism” in music, became the first composer to ever win the Ratzinger Prize, back in 2017.

By accident, Carthusian monks helped create the perfume industry

In 1380, the water of a delicate bouquet of flowers became the first perfume of the island of Capri.

A classic Portuguese recipe is based on a legend involving a monk, a stone, and a very compassionate village

“Sopa de pedra” (Portuguese “stone soup”) has anything but stones in it.

The meaning of rocks in Christian art

In Christian art, rocks rock.

This monk helped save ancient manuscripts from ISIS

His monastery started project in the face of a nuclear war, and ended up preserving millions of pages.

The medieval Tree of Jesse was the first “family tree” used to represent a genealogy

"There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots."

Are you enjoying your internet? Thank this Jesuit.

Father Roberto Busa is credited with being the inventor of the hyperlink.

In case you didn’t know, the Vatican Library has been digitized and is online

75,000 codices, 85,000 incunabula and more than a million books have gradually been uploaded to the site.

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