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Cardinal Parolin speaks at a symposium organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Vatican diplomats: ‘political correctness’ is hindering religious freedom

Oct 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

While the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Church to speak out about human rights abuses in China... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a symposium in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Pompeo: Nowhere is religious freedom more under assault than in China

Sep 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Rome Wednesday that the Chinese government is the world’s worst persecutor of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives in Rome Sept. 30, 2020.

Cardinal Pell arrives in Rome as financial scandal casts shadow over Vatican

Sep 30, 2020

Cardinal George Pell arrived in Rome Wednesday as financial scandals continue to cast a shadow over the Vatican.  Read more

University of Dallas students take part in a tour of Due Santi Campus in the Alban Hills outside of Rome. Photo

Two US Catholic colleges resume Rome study abroad programs

Sep 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

At a time when many universities in the U.S. are only offering online classes this fall, American students from two... Read more

A detail from a portrait of Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan.

Founder of Catholic religious order will be beatified in May

Sep 8, 2020

The Vatican has decreed that Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians, will be beatified May... Read more

Jean-Christophe Geiser performs at the International Organ Festival in the Pantheon Sept. 5, 2020.

Catholic priests kick off first international organ festival at Rome’s Pantheon

Sep 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Under the nearly 2,000-year-old dome of Rome’s Pantheon and above the relics of early Christian martyrs, the melodies of Johann... Read more

Fr. César Izquierdo in front of the Gregorian University in Rome in June 2020. Courtesy photo.

Stuck in Italy: Washington priest trusts in God as he waits to begin U.S. ministry

Sep 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

New priest César Izquierdo knows God is calling him to serve the Catholic population of central Washington. And with his... Read more

Pope Francis prays in the Basilica of St. Augustine in Campo Marzio, Rome, which contains relics of St. Monica.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome’s Basilica of St. Augustine

Aug 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Basilica of St. Augustine on Thursday to pray at the tomb of... Read more

San Gioacchino.

This Roman church was a gift from Catholics around the world to Leo XIII

Jul 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

There are many Catholic churches in Rome, but few can boast of having been built through the contributions of Catholics... Read more

Gaelic script on the gates of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, Italy.

Rome’s Irish College will not receive Irish seminarians next academic year

Jun 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The trustees of the Pontifical Irish College decided last week that the national seminary in Rome will no longer host... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis praises sacrifices of Rome’s clergy amid pandemic

May 30, 2020

Pope Francis has praised Rome’s priests for remaining close to their flocks as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged Italy.  Read more

Massimiliano Nanni in his reopened shop near the Vatican.

Catholic gift shops near Vatican struggle to reopen after coronavirus lockdown

May 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Walking toward St. Peter’s Square, one sees sign after sign posted on the closed doors of religious gift shops and... Read more

Pro-life advocates participate in Rome's annual March for Life on May 20, 2017.

Canceled for COVID-19, Rome’s March for Life to ‘connect’ online

May 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

With restrictions still in place to control the transmission of the coronavirus, Rome’s annual pro-life march will take place online... Read more

Fr. Carlo Purgatorio celebrates the rooftop Mass in Rome.

Roman priest offers Easter Mass on church roof amid coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A pastor at a church in Rome offered Easter Mass from the roof of the church so nearby parishioners could... Read more

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019.

Beauty, drama and pinpoint silence: Easter Triduum memories from Rome

Apr 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days,... Read more

Pope Francis visits Pilo Albertelli High School in Rome Dec. 20, 2019.

Pope Francis surprises high school students before Christmas break

Dec 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Friday made a surprise visit to a high school in Rome, where he spoke to about 800 students... Read more

Pope Francis prays in Basilica of St Bartholomew on Tiber Island April 22, 2017.

This Roman basilica is dedicated to 20th century martyrs

Jul 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On an island in Rome’s Tiber River, there is a basilica devoted to the Christian martyrs of the 20th century,... Read more

Chapel of the Madonna in Rome's Church of St. Benedict in Piscinula.

St. Benedict Church in Rome celebrates feast with 40 hour adoration vigil

Jul 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Before St. Benedict left for Subiaco, he studied in Rome, where today there is a little-known chapel built on the... Read more

The Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia has a side chapel dedicated to St. John Paul II.

Rome’s center of Divine Mercy established by St. John Paul II

Apr 28, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Located just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica, Santo Spirito in Sassia is Rome’s official Divine Mercy church.  Read more

Trevi fountain.

Caritas Rome will continue receiving Trevi Fountain coins, mayor clarifies

Jan 14, 2019

After several weeks of confusion, the mayor of Rome has clarified that coins scooped from the famous Trevi Fountain will... Read more