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Feast of the Dedication of St Peter and St Paul Basilicas

Last edited 17th November 2010

On 18 November the Catholic Church celebrates the  dedication of Rome's two most famous churches - St Peter's Basilica and St Paul's Outside the Wall. Read this article to explore the history of these 2 great churches!

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A Church That Was Supposed to Disappear

Last edited 19th November 2010

The Church in Ukraine was supposed to disappear. Communists tried to liquidate it in 1946, but believers took the faith underground, maintaining it as a catacomb Church for more than 40 years. The Church is now thriving... have a read of this interview with Cardinal Lubomyr Husar about the history of this Church and the strength of the Catholics in Ukraine.

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Discover Who Bombed the Vatican During World War II

Last edited 16th November 2010

November 5, 1943 at 8:15 P.M. in the midst of World War II, a plane flies over the neutral state of Vatican City.  It then goes on to drop five bombs on the world's smallest state, causing severe damage to the water tank near the railway station, as well as the offices of the governorate  and the Vatican mosaic workshop. The international press spoke of nothing else for almost a week, all trying to guess who was responsible for the bombing. Seven days after the blasts, Pius XII asked the press to end all speculations and his only wish was to avoid further violence.

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Last edited 9th November 2010

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica - the Pope's cathedral in Rome - is an important feast day on the Church calendar, and is celebrated on 9 November. Learn about the rich history of the Cathedral in this video.

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How Pius XII Hid Jews in the Vatican

Last edited 3rd November 2010

A Jewish man is giving testimony to how his father was saved from the Nazis by being hidden in the Vatican by Pope Pius XII. Robert Adler, a member of the Alabama Holocaust Commission, has recalled how his father, Hugo Adler, was taken into the Vatican in 1941 and was hidden for five weeks. During that time, he met personally with Pope Pius XII on several occasions. Hugo was then sent through a Vatican network through France, into Spain, and then to Sosua, Dominican Republic. Learn more about this amazing story in this article!

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Turkish Government May Finally Allow Orthodox Church to Own Property

Last edited 3rd November 2010

It seems like just a run-down building, but for the Orthodox Church - and for Christian Churches as a whole - based in modern-day Istanbul, it's a milestone. The strongly Islamic Turkish Government is set to return this orphanage, based on an the Buyukada Island in the Marmara Sea, to the Patriarchate of Constantinople!

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Holy Women as Important as Priests in Church History

Last edited 27th October 2010

While delivering his Catechesis on the 14th-century Saint Bridget of Sweden, the Pope stated: "In the great Christian tradition the woman is recognized as having her own dignity and -- following the example of Mary, Queen of the Apostles -- her own place in the Church which, though not coinciding with the ordained priesthood, is equally important for the spiritual growth of the community”.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Going Digital

Last edited 20th October 2010

Anyone with an Internet connection will now be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls!

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Secularity vs Secularism: An Enlightening Distinction

Last edited 13th October 2010

Do you know who invented the secular state? A professor of religious philosophy from the Sorbonne gives a surprising answer in this article from Mercatornet...


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Museum of the Shroud of Turin Holds all the Relic's Secrets

Last edited 5th October 2010

The Museum of the Shroud of Turin in Italy receives thousands of visitors each year seeking answers to the mysteries surrounding the Shroud. Here you have the opportunity to see up close an exact copy of the linen cloth that according to tradition covered Jesus' body.

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