Florida Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Church in U.S.

Foundation for a 337-year-old church uncovered on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine, Florida

In May 2014, an archaeological dig in St. Augustine, Florida, uncovered what experts believe may be the foundation of a 17th century church and friary, the oldest in the United States.The discovery on the grounds of the historic Mission Nombre de Dios ("Name of God") dates back to the 1670s, when the Spanish governor of Florida ordered a church to be erected near the site of a fort which was under construction at the time, the Castillo de San Marcos.The excavation was part of an ongoing … [Read more...]

Was George Washington a Christian? Read His Letter to Roman Catholics, Then You Decide

George Washington Letter

Was George Washington a Christian?Some historians have claimed that Washington was a Deist--that is, one who believed that reason and observation of the natural world were sufficient to prove existence of a Creator, but that one need not belong to an organized religion.David L. Holmes, author of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers, categorized him as a "Christian deist" because of his frequent references to Providence, which resemble strict deist terminology and yet add the Christian d … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Special: Honoring Catholics in Our Nation’s Capitol

Statuary Hall Collection

An American saint.  A blessed.  And a list of Catholic statesmen, politicians, missionaries and pioneers.There are thirteen Catholics, in fact, who are honored in our nation's Capitol, enshrined in National Statuary Hall and other places in the Capitol Building.With two honorees selected from each of the fifty states, there are one hundred patriots and historic figures who are commemorated in what was once called simply "The Hall", in what was formerly the chamber of the House of R … [Read more...]


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