Pope Francis has been on a whirlwind tour of late, just this week touching down in America. Trace takes a look at his views on science and religion and recounts those of past popes as well.
It's only the 7th-largest country in the European Union. But it's also the former home of the Roman Empire and today is littered with ancient artifacts of historical import and contains Vatican City. Does all of this add up to a "powerful" country?
Recently, a number of terrorist threats have been directed at the Vatican and the city of Rome. So, can the Vatican protect itself?
Pope Francis hints at lifting the ban on priests marrying and acknowledges the presence of paedophiles in the clergy.
The Catholic Church has formally recognized a group of professional exorcists, but the move raises concerns.
John Paul II and John Paul XXIII are made saints, as 1 million gather in St. Peter's Square to attend the double-canonization mass led by Pope Francis.
Despite a mysterious hole in his skull, the fate of Celestine V was not murder, researchers say. Continue reading →
The ancient Plutonium, a poisonous cave found in Turkey, was believed in Greco-Roman mythology to be the portal to hell.
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