Christianity

10th Century Graveyard Uncovered in Republic of Ireland

Volunteers in the village of Nobber have uncovered a 10th Century cemetery, 12th Century church and concrete graves in the shape of Celtic crosses.

Boxing Day: A Day for Giving

Vincent Fernandes of the Daiji World looks at the origins of Boxing Day from its roots at the feast of St. Stephen to a day celebrating donating to charity.

Pope Joan in the News Again

ABC News takes a new look at one of the oldest controversies of the Catholic Church: Pope Joan, a 9th century woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man to serve as Pope.

A Very PC Holiday!

Diane Roberts of NPR's Weekend Edition offered a very politically correct holiday greeting on Sunday, December 18, 2005 with a look at the winter holiday season, ancient Roman style.

Fra Angelico One Step Closer to Sainthood

Fra Angelico was the model of a self-effacing medieval monk whose art was an expression of religion. Pope John Paul II beatified the 14th century monk, bringing him one step closer to sainthood, and his name and his genius are still celebrated 550 years later.

First Nativity Scene to be Restored

A 13th century marble nativity scene by sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio in the oratory of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome is scheduled to be removed from the church for restoration.

In-Fighting Threatens Church of the Nativity

Squabbling over repairs to the basilica commemorating the birthplace of Jesus may endanger the Church of the Nativity, according to Telegraph reporter Tim Butcher. He writes that the three Christian communities in charge of maintaining the church cannot agree on restoration methods.

Medieval Fortress Gets Christmas Tree

An illuminated festive tree will grace a medieval fortress in Cumbria after a deal to secure funding.

Search for Abbey Once Home to Knights Templar Continues

Bisham Abbey, actually a manor house dating back 800 years, was once home to some of the Knights Templar. The Earl of Salisbury and his family also inhabited the facility for many generations, and Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned there by Queen Mary.

SCAdian Christmas Tree in South Dakota

The Shire of Coldedernhale was recently asked to decorate a Christmas tree at the state capital in Pierre, South Dakota. The display is part of an annual Christmas tradition at the capital.

Vatican Swiss Guard Mark 500th Anniversary

Veterans of the famous Swiss Guard, who serve as guards for the Pope, are set to celebrate 500 years of service this summer with a public ceremony to swear in the latest group of recruits.

Researcher Declares Shroud of Turin Genuine

Archaeologist and former nun Eugenia Nitowski believes that she has positive proof that the Shroud of Turin is genuine.

Oldest Church found at Armageddon

The ruins of the oldest Christian church in the Middle East, and probably the whole world, were discovered in the Megiddo prison area.

Cardinals Ask Pope to Save Latin

Latin has fallen into such disuse in the Roman Catholic Church that many of the church fathers no longer understand the language. Now members of the College of Cardinals have asked Pope Benedict XVI to make Latin the "universal language" by using it at international events.

Iona II

Archaeologists working in Scotland believe they have found the site of a second monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Columba, founder of Iona.

"Crusades: Crescent and the Cross" on the History Channel

On November 6-7, 2005, the History Channel will present The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross, a "clear-eyed look at the first three crusades, the battle between the Crescent and the Cross, which still shapes the Middle East and relations between the two great religions in our present day world."

Monastic Matrix

A "scholarly resource for the study of women's religious communities from 400 to 1600 C.E."

New exhibit on books of hours at the Getty

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has two new exhibits on medieval books of hours on display. "Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library" and "A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII" will both run through January 8.

Russian Orthodox Icons Subject of Restoration Project

Aleksei Khetagurov, chief of icon restoration for the State Historical Museum in Moscow, hopes to reveal the face of history - literally - as he cleans dark patina from the surfaces of centuries-old icons.

Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Medieval Monks May have Held Secrets of Diet Pill

An herbal remedy used by 12th century Scottish monks may be resurrected as a modern appetite suppressant.

Birthplace of Saint Patrick Discovered?

Ulverston archaeologist Steve Dickinson has done wonders for the tourist industry of Urswick, Cumbria. He may have discovered the birthplace of Saint Patrick.

Medieval Chapel, Hospital Revealed by Bypass Project

The opening of a bypass around Partney, England has led to some great archaeological finds including an 11th century chapel and a 12th century hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

5th Century Byzantine Church Discovered in Jordan

The remains of an early Byzantine church, dating from the 5th or 6th century, have been found near the town of Karak, Jordan.

Heathen Calendar

Jörmundur Ingi provides this page of translations, which attempts to correlate the ancient Pagan and Norse holidays and feasts to the Christian holidays and feasts which were adapted from them. The site is a work in progress, with translations ongoing.

Thanks to Atenveldt's Jenny Tavernier for the link. —Ed.

Rare copy of the first printed Slavic Bible discovered in Germany

A belorussian Bible dating back to the time of the Reformation has been found in Germany.

Oldest Door in Britain

The battered door of London's Westminster Abbey has been named the oldest in Britain by English Heritage.

Shroud of Turin Scholars to Meet

Scientists and religious scholars will meet in Dallas, Texas in September 2005 to present the latest research on the Shroud of Turin.

Medical Knowledge of Medieval Monks

Recent excavations of Soutra Hospital in Scotland show that the medieval Augustine monks had knowledge of anaesthetics and disinfectants as well as surgical instruments.

The Mystery Stones of Hexham Abbey

Legend says that the huge stones of Hexham Abbey's crypt were the work of giants, but now archaeologists believe that they were probably stolen from Roman bridges.