Category: Church History

Ok, What Does Humanae Vitae Actually Say?

Meaning: Humanae Vitae: Of Human Life Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae upholds the Catholic Church’s long-standing teaching that it is immoral for married couples to use artificial contraception. At 7000 words, the...

How the Church Changed After World War I

World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the “state church” in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again the authentic meaning...

St Peter’s Cathedral in Cologne

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter is a Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage...

Paul and the Bible

When we think of St Paul on his many great journeys fearlessly preaching the gospel, do we imagine a street preacher proclaiming his message aloud, grasping and sometimes waving around a well-thumbed leather-bound copy of the Bible? When we think of Paul writing his letters, do we imagine him writing away surrounded by a stack of bibles, commentaries and works of theology? We would be mistaken.

The Bicentennial Mass in Pictures

The Bicentennary Mass at the Belville Velodrome was the culmination of a year-long jubilee to mark the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church being established in South Africa.   More Stories: Cremation and the...

Pope: A Swiss Guard Has Faith, Love, Courage & Patience

The steadfast faith and love for the Catholic Church that have characterised members of the Swiss Guard for centuries must be part of the men’s lives even after they have stopped wearing their colourful medieval uniforms and carrying their halberds, Pope Francis said.