Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.
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Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did the day become a celebration of love?
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We may imagine Jesus in long robes with baggy sleeves, but this is far from how he would have dressed.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , chats with African-Americans during a door-to-door campaign in 1964.
African-American minister, theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, left a profound influence on Martin Luther King Jr.
Cardinal Bernard Law in Rome in 2011.
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The passing of Cardinal Bernard Law is another moment to revisit the issue of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and why it remains a challenge.
Hanging church courtyard tile mural showing holy family traveling.
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Family is not a clearly defined structure in the story: It isn’t biological or reflective of some 'norm.' It is instead a choice to stick together, come what may.
A worshipper receives Communion.
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The Catholic Church prohibits the use of gluten-free bread for Communion. The reasons lie in the challenges faced by the Catholic Church in the past.
Oh my, she’s modest.
The construction of a white Christian identity that is threatened by 'outsiders' has a long and troubling legacy.
Adam and Eve, created by Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528.
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Christian sexuality websites present evangelicalism as a sex-positive religious tradition. At the same time, they also reinforce conservative ideas about same-sex marriages.
Jehovah’s Witnesses pray during a regional congress of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minsk, Belarus in 2015.
There are over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide. They have no political affiliations and they renounce violence. However, they have been easy targets for many governments.
In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the 'Bible Belt'. Here's a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016.
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Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.
What is the true nature of temptation?
While temptation can be an invitation to sin, experiencing temptation can also make us consider more deeply: What is it that tempts us and why?
Professor Kasimir Popkonstantinov and the marble reliquary that potentially held John the Baptist’s bones.
Here's what DNA analysis of relics purported to be from Jesus or his family can actually tell us.
What is the origin of Easter eggs?
A scholar explains the rich historical roots of Easter and how it has evolved over the centuries.
Basilica of San Vitale, a church in Ravenna, Italy,
The movie 'The Case for Christ' is released this weekend. A scholar takes a close look at the claims for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection.
The crosses at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.
Should you be digitally fasting this Lent?
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Digital fasting during Lent has become popular. Technology, in fact, can be good for religion.
A scholar explains how mercy could be a simple act of opening oneself to those with opposing views.
Youths hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset outside the Christian Fellowship Church in Benton, Kentucky.
Younger evangelicals have a very different view of their faith.Their perspective on issues such as immigration and economic inequality differs widely from that of the religious right.
Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna, 15th Century.
How do you bring someone back from the dead?