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Category: Christianity

Jesus' Wife Papyrus Credit: Karen L. King 2012

Tests Reveal “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Not Fake

Scientific testing has determined that a controversial papyrus fragment suggesting Jesus was married is not a modern forgery.

The goblet of the Infanta Dona Urrace in Spain's Basilica of San Isidro (Credit: Getty Images)

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

A pair of historians claim they have discovered the elusive Holy Grail inside a Spanish basilica.

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Shroud of Turin Not a Medieval Forgery, According to New Book

A scientific analysis has yielded a new age for the Shroud of Turin, contradicting claims that the relic is a fake.

Vatican Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vatican

As cardinals begin their conclave at the Vatican to elect a new pope, explore 10 things you may not know about the seat of the Catholic Church.

Papal Conclave

8 Things You May Not Know About the Papal Conclave

As cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new pontiff, take a glimpse inside the famously secretive papal conclave.

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A History of Papal Resignations

In the wake of today’s announcement by Benedict XVI, find out more about four other popes who abdicated their position as head of the Catholic Church.

Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day: A Brief History

As Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day today with fireworks and bonfires, look back at Fawkes’ failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Sistine Chapel

7 Things You May Not Know About the Sistine Chapel

On the 500th birthday of the Sistine Chapel’s famous ceiling, explore seven facts about the Renaissance masterpiece.

St. Patrick's Day Myths

St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

Before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, get your facts straight by exploring common misconceptions about the holiday.

Tombs of the Apostles

Tombs of the Apostles: Slideshow

As archaeologists announce the discovery of what they believe to be St. Philip’s tomb, find out where some of the other apostles are thought to have been buried.

Knights Templar

Who Were the Knights Templar?

Get the facts on the mysterious medieval order known as the Knights Templar, which was dissolved 700 years ago but has recently made news headlines.

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Shroud of Turin: The Work of a Renaissance Artist?

A historian has put forth a new theory about the Shroud of Turin, suggesting it was painted by the Renaissance master Giotto and based on Jesus’ actual burial cloth.