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Godfather ban: Sicilian Catholic diocese suspends naming of godparents at baptism for 3 years

Oct 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A decree issued by the archbishop of Catania came into full effect this month. Read more

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples, Italy.

‘They are killing Naples’: Catholic archbishop appeals for an end to mafia violence

Oct 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia’s appeal followed a spate of deadly violence. Read more

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Vatican creates group to study separating mafia from the Catholic Church

May 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The group is being established in honor of Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge killed by the mafia. Read more

Rosario Livatino.

Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

May 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of... Read more

Martyred Italian judge Rosario Livatino (1952-1990). Public domain.

Pope Francis: Martyred Catholic judge showed mafia’s ‘intrinsic denial of the Gospel’

Mar 31, 2021

In the preface to a new book, Pope Francis says that the martyrdom of Italian Catholic judge Rosario Livatino in... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Jan. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis: It is our Christian duty to help people know Jesus

Mar 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Sunday it is our Christian duty to help people know Jesus, which we cannot do without giving... Read more

Cardinal says Italy is seeing a surge of ‘new poor’ amid the pandemic

Jan 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian cardinal said Tuesday the country is seeing a surge of “new poor” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and... Read more

Martyred Italian judge Rosario Livatino (1952-1990). Public domain.

Rosario Livatino: Not even criminal defendants spoke badly of martyred judge

Jan 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Rosario Livatino, a young judge who was killed in 1990 by the mafia for his efforts to combat organized crime... Read more

Fr. Giuseppe Livatino, postulator and cousin of martyred judge Rosario Livatino. Credit: www.piolatorre.it.

Rosario Livatino’s postulator: Christians urgently need ‘credible witnesses’

Jan 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The postulator of the beatification cause of a judge martyred by the mafia says that Christians today urgently need “credible... Read more

Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center.

How a martyr killed by the mafia inspired a generation of Catholic lawyers

Jan 8, 2021

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal... Read more

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain.

Judge killed by mafia to be beatified

Dec 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his... Read more

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain

Judge killed by mafia 30 years ago is a candidate for sainthood

Sep 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Thirty years ago Judge Rosario Livatino was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome April 27, 2017.

Cardinal calls for Marian devotion to be protected from mafia exploitation

Sep 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

During a visit to a Marian shrine in southern Italy this week the Vatican Secretary of State issued a warning... Read more

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use... Read more

Street outside a bank in Naples, Italy.

Italian bishop condemns mafia usury as ‘new slavery’ for families 

Jul 13, 2020

By Courtney Grogan

Bishop Giovanni D’Alise of the southern Diocese of Caserta issued the warning following reports that some parents had been forced... Read more

The Archbishop of Naples blesses the city with St. Januarius' liquefied blood.

Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples under lockdown

May 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The liquefaction of the blood of the early Church martyr St. Januarius occurred Saturday amid the coronavirus lockdown, leading the... Read more

Vatican stamp honors priest martyred by Mafia 25 years ago

Jan 28, 2018

“I’ve been expecting you.” These were reportedly the foreboding last words of Blessed Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, an Italian priest who... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peters Square for the general audience Sept. 21 2016.

Pope Francis: Fighting the mafia starts with cleaning up politics

Sep 21, 2017

In a meeting with Italy's Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission on Thursday, Pope Francis said that dismantling the mafia begins with a... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the feet of an inmate at Paliano prison during Holy Thursday Mass April 13.

You can show God's love even behind bars, Pope Francis tells inmates

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis spent Holy Thursday washing the feet of inmates, telling them in a brief homily that God is someone... Read more

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Italian bishop bans mobsters from being godfathers

Mar 22, 2017

Hollywood precedent notwithstanding, an Italian bishop has announced that known members of the mafia cannot be godparents for the Catholic... Read more