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This underground church in the Australian Outback was built as an escape from the heat

The Catholic St. Peter and Paul Church was hand-dug in the mining town of Coober Pedy.

4 Beautiful Catholic churches in the the coastal American South

Catholicism in the South dates back to the 1500s, and remains strong today.

6 Private Catholic retreat centers where you can recharge your soul in solitude

These centers offer quiet and solitude, along with access to Mass, confession, and spiritual direction.

This ancient pilgrimage road crosses Europe from north to south

And it’s even older than the Camino de Santiago.

This ancient Judaean fortress became a Byzantine monastery… but only for a while.

High atop a cliff in the Judaean Desert, the ancient fortress was built by Alexander Jannaeus, and transformed into a monastery centuries later by Saint Euthymius

This abandoned city was once known as “the city of 1001 churches”

It once competed in splendor with Cairo and Constantinople, but all its inhabitants left in the 14th and 15th centuries.

This underground crypt is considered the Sistine Chapel of rock-hewn churches

Also known as “The Crypt of Original Sin,” the cave had already been inhabited back in the Paleolithic era.

5 Monasteries keeping ancient monastic recipes alive 

When you visit these Italian monasteries, you can eat as monks have eaten for centuries.

5 Unforgettable saintly pilgrimages in Italy

From the Walk of St Francis to St. Benedict’s path, Italy is rich with pilgrimages inspired by saints. 

Try volunteer traveling for your next vacation

Check out these five volunteer programs located abroad to give back to communities most in need.

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