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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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Laser Technology Finds 4th Century Images of Apostles

Last edited 23rd June 2010

The discovery and restoration of the earliest known images of the apostles was possible for the archaeologists and art restorers because of laser technology. Find out more in this article!

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The Oldest Portraits of Sts. Andrew, John and Paul Discovered

Last edited 22nd June 2010

Catacombs are underground tunnels used mainly as cemeteries. Italy has 120 in total, but the Catacomb of St. Thecla contains a particularly interesting discovery.

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Why Rome?

Last edited 30th June 2010

A question you will sometimes hear when talking about the role of the Pope in the Church is “Why Rome?” In other words, even if Peter himself did have primacy, why does the bishop of Rome have that primacy now? After all, Jerusalem was clearly the center of the Christian church at the beginning and Peter was also the bishop of Antioch before he went to Rome, so why does not one of those two have primacy in the Church?

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Nine Days That Changed the World

Last edited 17th June 2010

Nine Days That Changed the World, a new movie produced by recent Catholic convert Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, is a compelling biopic of Pope John Paul II. The movie focuses on JPII's historic visit to Poland on June 2-10, 1979, a pilgrimage that transformed Poland and which some historians say ultimately reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th century.

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The Balkans

Last edited 15th June 2010

Fr Kubicki reflects on the war-torn history of the Balkans, and what Catholics can learn from the suffering associated with war.

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Oldest Images of Saints Revealed in Rome

Last edited 15th June 2010

A year after the discovery of the oldest known image of St. Paul, the oldest images of other saints have been found in the same Roman catacombs of St. Thecla.

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Pius XII Letter to Roosevelt Published for 1st Time

Last edited 10th June 2010

A letter from August 1943 that Pope Pius XII wrote to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been discovered and published by the Knights of Columbus. The previously unpublished letter, dated Aug. 30, 1943, asks the president to "spare innocent civil populations and in particular churches and religious institutions."

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Vatican Publishes Documents from Inquisition

Last edited 7th June 2010

For the first time the Vatican has published one part of the 16th century documents related to Science and natural Philosophy censored by the Inquisition.

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The Life of Polish Priest Jerzy Popieluszko

Last edited 7th June 2010

Jerzy Popieluszko was a charismatic Catholic priest whose sermons and opposition to Poland's Communist regime made him famous but also put his life at risk.

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