Vatican opens catacombs Admin Thursday, November 21, 2013 The Catacombs of Priscilla house the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child – and, some say, frescoes of women priests in the early Christian church. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.