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A Look at the History of the Conclave
Last edited 13th March 2013

It all happens here in the Sistine Chapel. Surrounded by the priceless art of Michelangelo, cardinals come together to elect a Pope. But it wasn't always like this. Centuries ago, the voting process was quite different. In fact, it was a different group all together, that elected the Pope.


Exactly 1700 Years Since Emperor Constantine Gave Official Recognition to Christianity
Last edited 13th March 2013

In the midst of the activities surrounding the Papal resignation and speculation on the next choice for the Chair of St Peter, a very important anniversary has gone virtually unnoticed. In February 313 AD, in the reign of Pope St. Melchiades, the Edict of Milan was promulgated by the Emperor Constantine, a measure that granted Christians the freedom to worship openly, preach the gospel and build churches.

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The Precedent for Papal Resignation
Last edited 18th February 2013

An expert in medieval history spoke to Catholic News Service about the pope who set the precedent for papal resignation.


Pope: Media Helped Spread Misinterpretations of Vatican II
Last edited 15th February 2013

Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misninterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version. “The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14. Visit this article from CNA to read more.


How Many Other Popes Have Resigned?
Last edited 11th February 2013

In the 2,000-year-old history of the Church, only three other Popes besides Benedict XVI have voluntarily resigned their positions: Saint Clement I in the First Century, Celestine V in 1294, and Gregory XII in 1415. Watch this video to learn more!


King Richard III's Burial - Anglican or Catholic?
Last edited 7th February 2013

In one of the most fascinating archaeological finds in recent times, a skeleton found under a parking lot in the central English city of Leicester has been confirmed by DNA tests as that to King Richard III.

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The Remains of King Richard III Uncovered Under a Parking Lot
Last edited 11th February 2013

DNA tests have confirmed that human remains found buried beneath an English car park are those of the country's King Richard III.

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Historic Visit Scheduled Between Pope and Vietnam Communist Leader
Last edited 21st January 2013

In a move that surprised many, Benedict XVI will receive the secretary general of Vietnam's Communist Party on Tuesday. Nguyen Phu Trong will stop by the Vatican during a tour of European capitals.


Vatican II - The Greatest Meeting of All Time: A Commentary by Fr. Barron
Last edited 30th November 2012

On 11 October 2012 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron reflects on the significance of Vatican II, an event which has been described as "the greatest meeting of all time". What is the mark of the Church from that moment? What did we learn? Listen to this commentary for more...


Here’s How the Fake Papyrus on Jesus’ “Wife” was Created
Last edited 11th November 2012

According to English academic Andrew Bernhard, the discovery of the 4th century papyrus fragment containing a reference to Jesus' wife in Coptic is a big fat forgery.

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