A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

APSE

Sat, 28 May '22
Word that sounds like a plural of 1-Down
Sun, 3 Apr '22
Semicircular recess
Sun, 19 Sep '21
Church part
Tue, 25 May '21
Quiet place to pray
Sun, 25 Apr '21
Recess for prayer
Sat, 13 Mar '21
Locale of the Chair of Saint Peter in Saint Peter's Basilica