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French Knights of Columbus respond to attacks on churches

“When you are attacked so painfully in what is the most precious in your life, you need silence and dignity,” said one Knight.

The most beautiful monastic libraries in the world

Hidden behind heavy doors, traversed by winding staircases and corridors lined with bookshelves, they are jewels of European culture.

The unique ways European Catholics celebrate New Year’s Eve

From "good luck grapes" to yodeling, New Year's in Europe comes with its own idiosyncratic traditions.

A journey through Europe’s historic Christmas markets

In German-speaking parts of the Holy Roman Empire during the 14th century, the first “Christmas markets” started to develop out of the long-established tradition of winter food markets.

Holy bones: The bejeweled saintly relics of Germany

Photographer Paul Koudounaris has documented the spooky tradition of holy bones decoration in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Data reveals anti-Semitism on the rise in US and Europe

“I doubt there’s a synagogue in the US that doesn’t think seriously about security.”

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.

This once-every-10-years Passion Play in Germany should be on your bucket list

Oberammerguau, a tiny city in Bavaria, has been staging the Passion of Christ every decade for the past 380 years.

Study finds US adults more religious than Western Europeans

Even those who remain unaffiliated show greater faith tendancies than Western European Christians.

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