Reproduction is at the very heart of evolution. So why has celibacy persisted for so long?
Piecing together the mystery of medieval chant books means studying hand-made objects from centuries ago.
The Renaissance San Marco convent, now a museum, is where Fra Angelico lived and painted under the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici. It was also where Savonarola proclaimed the Bonfire of the Vanities.
Pope Francis recently confirmed that clergy members abused nuns. Since the early days of monasticism, the presence of nuns led to restrictions that limited contact between men and women.
A key to the successful growth of Jesuits were handwritten letters – transported through trade ships from India.