The mass production of religious items such as rosaries and holy cards poses a problem for the curators of religious artifacts at libraries and museums. How do you dispose of unwanted donations?
The mix-up might be explained by the rush to remove sacred remains to Rome some 1,700 years ago.
Did Pope Joan exist? Probably not. But the legend had important resonances for the Catholic Church.
On January 20, President Joe Biden inaugurated a new chapter in the country's narrative and expressed faith in the nation's healing and redemption.
St. Matthew is the patron saint of civil servants – making the Washington, D.C., church bearing his name a fitting venue for presidents, both past and present.
The US Catholic Church is more diverse and more divided than it was in JFK's time. Biden could offer an opportunity for the church to move beyond so-called "culture war" issues.
The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.
In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won 60% of the American Catholic vote. This year, it will be difficult for him to obtain a similar score, and that could have immense consequences.
The pope's message also highlights Brexit, racism and inequality as 'dark clouds over a closed world'.
Monastic tradition offers some useful advice about the value of isolation.
Though often seen as socially conservative, the Catholic church has a strong progressive strain that can be traced back 50 years to Latin America's liberation struggles.
Jean Vanier, Catholic founder of L'Arche International, allegedly had abusive sexual relationships. Religious tolerance for the veneration of male leaders may be partly to blame.
One in three Polish people believe in a 'gender conspiracy', according to new reserach.
How the iconic – and unexpected – footballing triumph at Portugal's Estádio Nacional restored the pride and self-belief of a marginalised community.
This centuries-old argument over doctrine needs to change and we have a pope who wants that to happen.
Belief in the eternal virginity of Mary has inflicted damage to women, who can never attain her sexless motherhood or unsullied 'purity'. Yet in the Gospels, Mary is strong-minded and courageous.
Martin Luther is credited with initiating the split in Christianity that came to be called the Protestant Reformation. But don't count out Erasmus, an early proponent of similarly radical ideas.
It may sound like a solemn affair, but the Day of the Dead – which blends indigenous and Catholic ritual – is a convivial celebration that allows Mexicans to reconnect with deceased loved ones.
In up-and-coming neighborhoods, old churches are often converted to apartments or offices. But what about the vacant or underused churches in areas that aren't attractive to developers?
Long before 70s hippies and hipster artisans, Australians were seeking solace by going back to the land. They ranged from anarchists to suffragists to Catholic agrarians.