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The Oldest Illustrated Christian Works Dated to Before 650 A.D.

Last edited 2nd August 2010

The Garima Gospels in Ethiopia are believed to be the oldest illustrated Christian manuscripts. Scholars previously dated the manuscripts to around 1100 A.D, but recent carbon dating has placed the documents to somewhere between 330 and 650 A.D.

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The Statues in St. Peter's Square

Last edited 22nd July 2010

St. Peter's Square has been the place for many important moments in the history. Councils, conclaves and white smoke have written the last centuries of the Church's history with the same scene: St. Peter's Square. This video looks at the famous Statues in St. Peter's Square - which is a place of privilege to go down in history!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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