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Papal Letters Revealed

Last edited 4th January 2010

A 13th-century letter from Genghis Khan's grandson demanding homage from Pope Innocent IV is among a collection of documents from the Vatican's Secret Archives that has been published for the first time. The Holy See's archives contain scrolls, parchments and leather-bound volumes with correspondence dating back more than 1000 years.

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House uncovered in Nazareth dating to the time of Jesus

Last edited 22nd December 2009

Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth!

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How John Paul II Helped Chile and Argentina Avoid Going to War

Last edited 17th January 2011

Chile and Argentina were at odds over the Islands of the Beagle Channel since the late 19th century. They were very close to going to war around Christmas on 1978 - until Pope John Paul II stepped in to mediate.

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Holocaust Survivor Visits Pope!

Last edited 3rd February 2010

An 84-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust has presented Benedict XVI with her autobiography.

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The Origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Last edited 26th November 2009

You're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I think. To most it's a just a rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written!

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Church of the Nativity

Last edited 26th November 2009

Forget snow and Christmas trees, Christmas first began in the little town of Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity that now stands where a little manger once was.

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Christianity ended the cold war peacefully

Last edited 13th November 2009

The extraordinary events that brought down the Iron Curtain were in fact a victory of religious resistance - and religion had a lot more to do with the end of the Cold War then is spoken about! Adrian Pabst from the Guardian gets the facts right...

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20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Last edited 9th November 2009

Cardinal Péter Erdõ, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE), believes that the fall of the Berlin Wall was not the work of Eastern European citizens. The Polish society, with its Solidarnosc Union and other movements, strongly contributed to this development, along with the charismatic figure of John Paul II...

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The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Last edited 4th November 2009

Lenin was an expert in kindling revolutions, but he would have been puzzled by the one which took place in 1989 in Eastern Europe.

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The Woman Who Changed the Face of a Hemisphere

Last edited 10th May 2010

Presentation to the First International Marian Congress, by Father Eduardo Chávez

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