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One of the 12 altars for perpetual adoration that represent the “crown of 12 stars” on the Virgin Mary’s head blessed by Pope Francis.

Polish artist designs stunning monstrances with Virgin Mary: ‘Beauty leads to God’

A Polish artisan and jeweler is hoping that his craft leads people to God. After experiencing a miraculous healing, he... Read more

The San Galgano reliquary, stolen in 1989.

Stolen 14th-century reliquary found in police raid of art collector’s home in Sicily

Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, hailed the rediscovery of the reliquary as “a nearly unprecedented find.” Read more

"Angels Unaware" statue dedicated to migrants in St. Peter’s square.

Culture is about ‘creating, not destroying’ says sculptor

Timothy Schmalz has been a sculptor for 30 years and is perhaps best known for his “Homeless Jesus” sculpture and... Read more

The Holy Face of Lucca crucifix in the Cathedral of St. Martin.

Scientists confirm Italian crucifix is oldest wooden statue in Europe

Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe.  Read more

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Fargo.

Catholic teen seeks to inspire neighborhood with Marian sidewalk art

A young Catholic artist has drawn an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her parents' driveway bringing religious art... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums closed until April 3

The Vatican Museums will be closed until April 3 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the... Read more

Raffaella Stroik.

Catholic family looks to honor late daughter with a dance

The family of Raffaella Stroik hopes to honor her memory with a ballet.  Read more

Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz poses next to his sculpture, 'Angels Unawares.'

'Angels Unawares' - Vatican migration sculpture coming to United States

In 2019, Pope Francis unveiled a new bronze sculpture in St. Peter’s Square, “Angels Unawares,” a depiction of migrants throughout... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican Ethnological Museum Oct. 18, 2019.

Pope Francis at Ethnological Museum: 'Beauty unites us'

Pope Francis paid a visit Friday to the renovated wing of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, which he praised for being... Read more

Rich Varano.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican

Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of... Read more

(L) Nikolay Yaroshenko. Life is Everywhere. 1888. (R) Dionysius. The Crucifixion. 1500. Copyright: Pilgrimage of Russian Art. From Dionysius to Malevich.

Russian icons, spiritual masterpieces on display at Vatican

“Art, spirituality, beauty,” are the three words Vatican Museums director Barbara Jatta used to describe a visiting exhibition of 54... Read more

This picture shows a Romanesque statue after being 'restored' by a local woman of El Ranadoiro, Spain.

Third 'restoration' of Catholic artwork in Spain sparks outrage, hilarity

In the third known act of egregious artistic restoration of Spanish Catholic art in recent history, a 15th century statue... Read more

Arches of the portico outside a Spanish church.

Outrage in Spain over botched restoration of 500-year-old St. George statue

Outrage has been sparked in a town in northern Spain over the botched renovation of a 16th-century wooden sculpture of... Read more

Bethlehem emigrants open shop to support Christian artisans in Holy Land

A Catholic goods shop opened its first brick and mortar store last month, presenting a wide variety of merchandise which... Read more

Participants in the Jubilee for Circuses perform for Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI Hall on June 16, 2016.

Pope Francis gives 2,000 poor, prisoners a day at the circus

Tomorrow afternoon some 2,100 of Rome's poor and homeless population, refugees, prisoners and volunteers will head to the circus, courtesy... Read more

Mysteries of the Rosary cover. Courtesy of Daniel Mitsui/CNA.

So, Catholic coloring books for grown-ups are a thing...

Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was considered a hobby... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican's annual charity concert in Vatican City on Dec. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis: Music opens our hearts to the true meaning of Christmas

Music and art are especially suited to helping us more deeply comprehend the true meaning of the mystery of Christmas,... Read more

"Created" book. Courtesy of Cory Heimann.

Why bother with beauty? A book for right-brained Catholics

Just a few weeks after Catholic artist Cory Heimann got married, a close friend of his, who had been planning... Read more

Detail from Giovanni Lanfranco's Saint Luke Healing the Dropsical Child (c. 1625)

Faith, science, beauty: what doctors can learn from Catholic art

The intersection of art, medicine, and faith in the Catholic tradition has a lot to teach today, especially if you’re... Read more

Razzouk Tattoo in Old City Jerusalem, Israel.

Holy tattoo! A 700-year old Christian tradition thrives in Jerusalem

In the Old City of Jerusalem it's hard to escape the ancient history that's still alive within its walls.  Read more