History Stories
CATEGORY: Vatican
Step Into the Vatican’s Secret Archives
December 6, 2017

The archives’ treasures are the stuff of legend—but their existence is absolutely real. Read More

Unexplained Medical Miracles May Turn This Korean War P.O.W. Into a Saint
November 9, 2017

He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013. Soon his flak helmet might be replaced with a halo. Read More

The First Papal Visit to America, 50 Years Ago
September 22, 2015

As Pope Francis arrives in the United States, look back at the first papal visit to America—Pope Paul VI’s 14-hour whirlwind tour of New York in 1965. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vatican
March 12, 2013

Explore 10 things you may not know about the seat of the Catholic Church. Read More

A History of Papal Resignations
February 11, 2013

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. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About the Sistine Chapel
November 1, 2012

Check out seven surprising facts about the famous ceiling and the artist who painted it. Read More