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What’s the Lupercalia? Roman holidays – Religion

By |2017-09-04T15:43:30+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The decorated ceiling of the cave where people may have celebrated the Lupercalia, under the Palatine Hill in Rome. In the time of the kings of Rome, about 600 BC (and maybe even earlier), when the people of central Italy were all shepherds and farmers and lived in villages, they got cold and bored during the rainy winters and wanted to have [...]

What is a Christian priest? History of Religion

By |2017-08-23T09:57:31+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Priest blessing people who have the plague Very soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, by around 40 or 50 AD, the early Christians began to choose leaders from among themselves. The Christians called these leaders presbyters, or "elders" in Greek. That's where we get our word priest from. The congregation - the people who went to the [...]

What does it mean to be Pope? History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T23:11:02+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Peter and Paul, in a mosaic from Ravenna (500s AD) In the later Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, the Pope was the leader of the Catholic Church. Whenever there was a question about whether God would like something or not, people could ask the Pope, and he would tell them what God wanted. According to [...]