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Ancient Fresco of the Madonna and Child Discovered in Rome

Last edited 22nd July 2010

The Basilica of Saint Sabina on the Aventine hill sits on one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded. Aside from being a beautiful church, the basilica houses an ancient fresco of the Virgin and Child.

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Benedict XVI Seventh-Oldest Pope in History

Last edited 13th February 2013

On July 19, 2010, Benedict XVI passed Gregory XIII to become the seventh-oldest pope in history. Benedict XVI turned 83 years, 3 months and 4 days old.

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Discovered: The World’s Oldest Illustrated Gospels

Last edited 8th July 2010

The world’s earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery. The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.

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History of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Summer Residence

Last edited 7th July 2010

Each summer, Benedict XVI leaves Vatican City to intensely study and pray in the outskirts of Rome. Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Summer Residence, has a dynamic history in the Church - find out more by watching this video!

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'Hitler's Pope' Saved Thousands of Jewish Lives

Last edited 7th July 2010

Pope Pius XII, often mistakenly referred to as 'Hitler's Pope', saved thousands of Jews by secretly securing visas so they could escape Nazi Germany, a historian has claimed.

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Rome Commemorates Martyrs from the First Persecution

Last edited 7th July 2010

Each year on the last day of June, the Catholic Church remembers these protomartyrs of the Roman Church with the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome. The Pontifical Academy Martyrdom Cultorum celebrates this day with a Mass and a procession through the Vatican streets where members of the Order of Malta and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre participate. Watch this video for more!

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St. Paul's Damascus and Damascus Today

Last edited 6th July 2010

Though Christianity in Damascus traces its roots all the way back to before St. Paul, the little community today is struggling to subsist. This is because the Church is such a small minority in a Muslim land that individual Christians are lost to the cultural norm, explained Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus.

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The Korean War

Last edited 27th June 2010

On June 25 in 1950, the Korean War began. Since this date, peace has never really been restored in Korea, and so the country still needs our prayers for an end to suffering.

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Rewriting the Script

Last edited 1st July 2010

There has been a recent wave of blockbuster movies that have anti-Christian undertones. Why do blockbusters have to distort the history of Christianity? This article gives some great suggestions for future film scripts.

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Vatican Secret Archives hold tales fascinating ... and not

Last edited 24th June 2010

"Welcome to the Vatican Secret Archives," says archivist Enrico Flaiani, head of conservators at the venerable institution. "I will be showing you many things," he adds with a quiet smile.

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