Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-06-16 17:38
On the 500th anniversary of the coronation of England's King Henry VIII, the Vatican has permitted scholars a look at the letter requesting an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The Vatican denies any connection between the two events.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-06-11 16:37
The 500-year-old Swiss Guard, which protects the Vatican, may revoke its centuries-old ban on service by women, according to Commander Daniel Anrig. "I can imagine them for one role or another," he told Italian television.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-05-23 17:40
A EU3.3 million wooden crucifix, bought recently at auction by the Italian government, may or may not have been created by Michelangelo. The newly-purchased piece made its debut in December at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, and was visited by the Pope.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-18 18:05
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain recreated a custom dating to the 13th century recently by handing out "Maundy Money," a tradition of doling out coins to pensioners. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-05-17 15:44
Residents of Nashville, Tennessee have the rare opportunity to view "some of the finest medieval art in the United States" when the Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art now through June 7, 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-05-01 06:30
Among the five new saints created recently by Pope Benedict were a 14th century Portuguese friar and an early 14th-century Sienese aristocrat. The saints were canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2009-04-23 06:50
A discovery of multiple buried dog skeletons in a medieval town outside Budapest suggests that the custom of animal sacrifice was much more widespread in early Christian Hungary than previously thought.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2009-04-19 19:55
Ælfheah, Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred on April 19, 1012 in Greenwich, England.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-04-12 15:53
Two of the great mysteries of the Middle Ages were linked recently when the Vatican announced that the renowned Shroud of Turin was hidden for over 100 years after the Crusades by the Knights Templar. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-11 12:22
Medieval re-enactment is afoot in Drachenwald in the form of a plan to take part in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela "using as medieval gear as possible," an endeavor in the footsteps of thousands of medieval pilgrims.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-04-07 12:41
The idea is to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela using as medieval gear as possible. In short, our " frame of reference" is romantic history as seen by the SCA. The trip will take a minumum of seven days, we will walk approximately 150 kilometers and this will cost (approximately) from 200€ to 500€ (depending how much you have to fly).
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-04-05 16:10
Experts at the British Museum were surprised - and thrilled - to discover the relics of 39 saints in a 12th century portable altar. The altar, first acquired by the museum in 1902, was opened for the first time recently and revealed bones wrapped in tiny bundles.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-04-02 10:51
In celebration of the season, Les Freres de St Francis de la Sissies - who have taken a vow of silence - offer their version of the Hallelujah Chorus.
Submitted by trbrown on Thu, 2009-03-05 19:23
Monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California are rebuilding an 800 year old chapter house transported from Ovila, Spain to California in 1931 by William Randoph Hearst.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-03 19:05
In 1517, Martin Luther denounced the selling of indulgences by the Church, setting off the Reformation. Now the modern Catholic Church is reinstituting the practice.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-18 17:59
The remains of several Benedictine nuns from the Sainte-Croix Abbey near Poitiers, France have shown evidence that the sisters died of the plague, probably while caring for other victims of the disease. Their deaths have been dated to the early 17th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-11 14:34
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith,” is a prayer long attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. But a recent article dates the prayer to the beginning of the 20th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-10 11:15
Every year historians debate the "real" history of Valentine's Day, and still there seems to be no consensus on its true origins. Now student Sarah Clark gives it a try.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-04 10:58
Two dozen letters, written in a secret code by Mary, Queen of Scots, will soon be available online to visitors of the Scottish Catholic Archives website.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-28 09:53
Among its numerous topics of discussion, List Universe includes "Top 10 Myths About The Middle Ages," an illustrated, annotated selection of myths modern people often believe about the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-01-18 17:20
A team of Spanish researchers are using records of agricultural rites kept by the Cathedral of Toledo to reconstruct a pattern of droughts that plagued the country between 1506 and 1900.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-12-27 10:48
The silk-wrapped remains of three grand masters of the Teutonic Knights have been found by archaeologists in a cathedral in Kwidzyn, Poland. The Order of the Teutonic Knights was founded in the late 12th century to aid German pilgrims in the Holy Land.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-12-25 12:28
Archaeologists are hoping that they have found the location of the "lost" church of Bix Gibwyn, an 800-year-old structure that was abandoned in the late 16th century. The research team has discovered three medieval graves which could pinpoint the site of the church.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-15 15:01
While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-12-13 17:34
The traditional Celtic crosses of Monasterboice, Ireland are crumbling away. Now experts are formulating a plan to save three of the "crosses, recognised as the best in Europe for their period."
Submitted by jt4novels on Sat, 2008-12-06 23:35
Jennifer writes medieval to contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Much of her work is inspired by her own family history dating as far back as 1630 when many of her ancestors migrated to America.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-05 10:05
The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-30 14:27
The Cistercians in Yorkshire Project, a UK£50 million UK-wide digitalization program, is "designed to enable the learning materials and resources currently contained in galleries, communities, libraries, museums, universities and other centres of excellence, to be directly accessible to homes and communities via the internet."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-25 18:48
On December 8, 2008, Sotheby's Auction House in London will be auctioning a number of western and oriental manuscripts. A catalogue of the items with closeups and descriptions is available to view online.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-25 11:01
German scientists are taking an unusual approach to studying the domestic life of 16th century churchman Martin Luther. They are digging through his garbage.