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The Genealogy of Jesus

Last edited 23rd December 2010

Everyone has a family history... so what is the story behind the family that Jesus was born into? In this video Fr Robert Barron comments on the genealogy of Jesus, and talks about some of the individuals within Jesus' family tree. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, there is no better way to reflect on his very human, yet supernatural birth, than examining his family history.

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Story of the Immaculate Conception Reflected in Vatican Museum Frescoes

Last edited 8th December 2010

The 'Immaculate Conception Room', located in the heart of the Vatican Museums, regained its glory in 2007, after an extensive restoration. Now, just years later, the spotlight returns for the publication of an spectacular book about its frescoes. Take a look at some of the impressive artworks in this video!

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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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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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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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Reflection on Cardinal Newman's Beatification

Last edited 13th September 2010

On 19 September 2010 in Birmingham, England, the long awaited beatification ceremony will take place for the great Victorian, Catholic theologian, John Henry Cardinal Newman - one of the most influential English Catholics of the 19th century. Fr Tom Rosica of Salt & Light reflects on Cardinal Newman's historic beatification in this video.

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The History of World Youth Day/ La Historia de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud

Last edited 11th July 2011

What is World Youth Day? How did it all begin? Why does the Catholic Church see WYD as an important part of youth formation? This video is a moving tribute to the WYDs of previous years, released by the World Youth Day 2011 team in Madrid.

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Earliest Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Last edited 9th August 2010

These 50,000 volumes -- more than a mile long of archives -- contain the history of the Society of Jesus -- the Jesuits. This Jesuit Library houses the first letters of the founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the latest books on the Society's history!

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The Snows of Saint Mary Major

Last edited 5th August 2010

Saint Mary Major - one of the prime basilicas of Rome – appeared in all its grandeur on 5 August 2010, marking its special feast. According to an ancient tradition, on the 5th of August in the year 358, snow covered the Esquiline Hill. The event was foretold in a vision Pope Liberius had of the Virgin Mary, who told him to build a basilica at that place the snow appeared. That marked the origins of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Since that time, every August 5th, the Basilica hosts the celebration of the miracle of the snows.

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