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Medieval ‘witch’ skeleton found under stones designed to ‘stop her spirit rising’

medieval witch

The grave of a medieval ‘witch’ who appears to have been burnt alive before being hurriedly tossed into a pit has been unearthed in Italy. The teenager’s remains were covered with heavy stone slabs, which archaeologists believe were put in place to prevent her spirit rising. Experts claim the girl, who is said to have…

Mapping Miracles: Cambridge project on Medieval hagiography

St George

Saints and miracles in today’s Church are connected through the canonization process. Usually, for a person to be beatified, and then canonized, a miracle by their intercession must be verified. But this saint-miracle connection is older than the process of canonization, and the stories of saints from the earliest times are often accompanied by tales…

Giovanni Maria Vian: John Paul II’s Beatification Is “Historic”

In a signed editorial in this week’s English edition, Giovanni Maria Vian wrote that “one has to go back to the heart of the Middle Ages to find similar examples, but in contexts that are in no way comparable to Benedict XVI’s decision.” The director explained that no Pope has beatified his immediate predecessor in…

‘Vatican Splendors’ brims with symbolism

St. Peter carries the keys to the kingdom of heaven. St. Paul holds the saber, symbol of his beheading and belief that faith cuts like a double-edged sword. Visitors to “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art,” which opens today at the Heinz History Center, can distinguish the two Apostles in another way. Peter…

History of Catholicism is shown in Vatican art

A framed illustrated description of the “Foundations of the Church” informs visitors that the “Vatican and Catholic Church grew out of the events described in the New Testament: the story of Jesus, the Holy Family and the Apostles.” This “revelation” as well as the notation that follows that “Jesus’ birth is fundamental to the history…