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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.

Italian bishops accept majority of Eritrean migrants stranded in Sicily

Ireland and Albania are the only countries to offer help to take in refugees.

European drought reveals 15th-century message on river rocks

These "hunger stones" have long been the heralds of a poor harvest.

The French island inhabited exclusively by monks

It’s home to 21 monks who spend their days praying, studying and making wine.