Given Mary's Assumption into Heaven, where she left behind no physical body on Earth, no bodily Marian relics remain. However, one relic that does remain is the sancta camisia, the veil she wore while giving birth to Jesus Christ.
How do we actually know that Jesus was born poor? One Biblical clue allows us to know exactly how poor and modest the Holy Family truly was.
Hell is called many names in the Bible - the lake of fire, Hades, Abraham's Bosom, and Gehenna. However, not many people know that not only is Gehenna a place where both body and soul can be destroyed in unquenchable fire, but also a real place in Jerusalem.
Some say the most impressive churches are built tall with high ceilings, vast arches, and soaring spires. However, impressive churches can be found in the unlikeliest of places. The ancient churches of Cappadocia region of Turkey are literally built into the rock.
The X-Men: The Animated Series brought to life the characters from the classic X-Men comic books. One of these characters is the popular mutant superhero Nightcrawler, who many don't know is a pious and devout Catholic.
Pope Francis has said "We are concerned for gifts, but cold toward those who are marginalized. This worldliness has taken Christmas hostage. It needs to be freed.”
Most everyone knows the traditional folktale of the first Thanksgiving celebration in America. But what most people don't know is that Puritan Pilgrims fleeing from Anglican England found their savior in the unlikeliest of places - a baptized Catholic American Indian.
Almost every Catholic knows the prayer said before meals, grace. However, how many actually know and pray the traditional after meal grace? Next time you sit down and ask for God's blessing before a meal, make sure to give thanks afterwards and pray this prayer.
People are probably concerned with how to split an Oreo and keep the cream filling intact, not how it got its trademark design. However, most don't know that the embossed face of an Oreo cookie actually contains a hidden symbol of the Knights Templar.
Some say the most impressive churches are built tall with high ceilings, vast arches, and soaring spires. However, impressive churches can be found in the unlikeliest of places. The ancient churches of Cappadocia region of Turkey are literally built into the rock.

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