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Is This the Inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Doors of Durin in The Lord of the Rings?

Jan 28, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

These medieval parish church doors in England, flanked by two ancient Yew trees, are believed to be the inspiration for the Doors of Durin from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. These enchanting doors are the west entry of St. Edward's Church in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. This is a cotswold stone Norman church dating f[...]

Pope Francis Prays at Greccio, Location of First Nativity Scene by St. Francis of Assisi

Jan 05, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

Ahead of the Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Greccio, famously known as the location of the world's first-ever nativity scene, to pray and honor the Baby Jesus during the Christmas season.St. Francis of Assisi first began the devotional practice as a special service inside a hillside grotto in that c[...]

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Come Back to Mass for Christmas: A Commercial from Catholics Come Home

Dec 10, 2015 By Gretchen Filz

A lovely commercial produced by Catholics Come Home to encourage Catholics who have been away from the Catholic Church to come back to Mass for Christmas."For peace to flourish and love to abound,our souls must come home,the King of Kings must be found.For centuries wise men sought the Savior first,knowing only Jesus can quench[...]

12 Inspiring Religious Paintings & Their Meanings

Oct 08, 2015 By Veronica Mena

It is fascinating to see how the lives of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the saints have inspired people for centuries. Such art has inspired men and women to be more faithful to the teachings of our Lord. To be able to visualize the truths Jesus taught, through religious paintings made by talented artists, is amazing; even more,[...]