As Catholics, we commonly have religious items blessed, whether it be by a priest or bishop. However, over time statues and rosaries may become broken from use, or palm may naturally degrade. How do we properly dispose of them when they become damaged?
No Church doctrine exists requiring a pope to take on a new name after their election. Today, a papal conclave will ask of the new pope "By which name will you be known?" However, if taking on a papal name is not a requirement, why do they change their names?
The Passetto di Borgo is a secret hidden passageway used by popes in the past as an emergency escape route when they faced imminent danger.
While there are currently 220 Cardinals that have publicly appointed, its possible there are many more privately appointed unbeknownst to anyone but the pope. This is thanks to a special power of the Pope to make secret Cardinals "in pectore," in the heart.
Images of Christ as a carpenter are seen from children's books illustrations to paintings by great artists, in religious texts and even the Bible. With all the evidence, it might seem silly to ask: was Jesus really a carpenter?
How did the Bible become divided into its chapters and verses?
You probably think of angels as beautiful human-like figures with wings, wearing a white robe. What do angels really look like according to the Bible?
Since its founding in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has helped hundreds of thousands around the world work towards maintaining sobriety and combating the sin of drunkenness as we are called to by the Church. Most people don't know that a key founder of the program was a Catholic Nun by the name of Sister Mary Ignatia.
The Bible makes little reference to suggest where Jesus and the disciplines lived in the village of Capernaum, but its most likely that He lived with Saint Peter. Have archaeologists discovered the ancient home of Jesus and Saint Peter?
Today's chickens are bred to be very passive with little fear of humans and an ability to lay many eggs quickly. However, chickens were not always the easy-going birds they are today. If you can't get enough of chicken or eggs, you should probably thank medieval Catholic monks.