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Pro-Francis posters go up in Rome, striking a different chord

Apr 18, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just two months after Pope Francis faced intense backlash for his reforms when critical posters were plastered around Rome, a... Read more

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit's 36th General Congregation.

Venezuelan Fr. Arturo Sosa elected as new head of Jesuit order

Oct 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

After several weeks of discussion and discernment, the Jesuit order has elected Fr. Arturo Sosa as their new Superior General,... Read more

EWTN CEO Michael Warsaw and Msgr. Dario Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, celebrate the dedication of the EWTN News Rome Bureau, Sept. 29, 2016.

At the heart of the Church, EWTN launches new Rome office

Sep 29, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

The EWTN News Rome Bureau is now is just minutes from St. Peter’s Square, having launched its new office on... Read more

The Gammarelli store-front after the announcement of a consistory of cardinals in October, 2010.

Gammarelli legacy passes to sixth generation of papal tailors

Jul 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

For five generations the Gammarellis have dressed and shod the Vicar of Christ through their family business, Rome’s historic Ditta... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the parents of Beau Jordan Solomon July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis meets with parents of American student killed in Rome

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

After the tragic death of Beau Solomon in Rome late last week, Pope Francis met with the young student’s parents,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica June 29, 2016.

Prayer is the 'way out' of a closed heart and mind, Pope Francis says

Jun 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave 25 new archbishops the pallium, encouraging them to remain strong in prayer, which he said... Read more

Trevi fountain.

Trevi Fountain in Rome to be dyed red for Christian martyrs

Apr 20, 2016

On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 29, 2014.

Pope Francis returns to Rome after a week of spiritual exercises

Mar 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

After spending a week outside Rome reflecting on key questions in the Gospel during their annual Lenten retreat, Pope Francis... Read more

In interfaith move, Pope Francis will visit Rome’s synagogue in January

Nov 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will soon become the third-ever Roman Pontiff to visit the Great Synagogue in... Read more

Derrick Yearout, far left, inside the Colosseum on a recent pilgrimage to Rome. Photo courtesy of Tanya Cangelosi.

Rome pilgrimage gives homeless man a new perspective on life

Nov 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

Derrick Yearout has come a long way from his homeless, drug-addicted days. After changing his life and getting off the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis' visit to Africa in November

Sep 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November,... Read more

Curator Francesca Mezzano of Project 999, a street art project in Rome, Italy on April 10, 2015.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015

By Elise Harris, Jan Bentz

Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

A society that doesn't want children is 'sad and gray,' Pope says

Mar 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis names new bishops for Spokane, Lexington dioceses

Mar 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Thursday the Vatican announced that Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly has been tapped to lead Spokane’s Catholic population, while Fr.... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 11, 2015 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis carries his late grandma's words with him every day

Mar 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of the youth, and revealed that... Read more

Ancient Roman pilgrimage revs-up spiritual aspect of Lent

Feb 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

For pilgrims in Rome, Ash Wednesday marked not only the start of the Church’s Lenten season, but also a traditional... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Feb. 18, 2015 general audience.

Pope Francis' daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Feb 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Thursday Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and... Read more

Pope Francis visits a shantytown in Italy, Feb. 8, 2015.

The story behind Pope Francis' surprise visit to a Rome shantytown

Feb 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb.... Read more

Pope Francis visits Saint Michael the Archangel parish on the outskirts of Rome on Feb. 8, 2015.

Parish dedicated to Rome's poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a... Read more

Construction begins on new showers inside the public restrooms just off the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, Nov. 17, 2014.

Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless

Jan 30, 2015

The Vatican’s continued efforts to help the homeless of Rome have expanded beyond showers and bathrooms at St. Peter’s Square,... Read more