More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia




Why didn’t medieval artists sign their work?

Signatures might be important, but they are not essential. Even today.

Who were the Magi, really?

Some early commentators suggest the magi were Persian, but others affirm they were Jews from Yemen.

The secret “priest holes” of England

In Queen Elizabeth I's time, being a Catholic priest was a crime punishable by death... Helping one was almost as bad.

Why do we wish people a “merry” Christmas?

A look at the history behind this turn of phrase.

The archaeological and historical evidence behind the birth of Christ

The biblical telling of the Nativity contains numerous historical references and descriptions of specific places and customs that match what we know of the time period.

The history of Christmas tree lights: From fire hazards to “festoons”

Christmas tree lights have evolved quite a bit over several centuries.

How poinsettias became the most popular potted Christmas plant

Poinsettias were associated with Christmas long before they were brought to the US from Mexico.

What countries’ names actually mean

Are the literal translations accurate descriptions?

Ancient Roman history revealed beneath St. John Lateran

Archaeologists try to recreate the buildings that once stood on the site of the oldest Catholic cathedral.

Take a virtual reality tour of the Holocaust Museum using your phone

A complete virtual field trip, with lesson plan.

Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.