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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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on May 7, 2014.

'Backbiting' communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Nov 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to... Read more

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim and her child Maya at the Vatican's Santa Marta residence, July 24, 2014.

Meriam Ibrahim lands in Rome, meets with Pope Francis

Jul 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

A Sudanese woman spared of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith arrived in Rome with her... Read more

Archbishop Leonard Blair speaks with CNA following his reception of the pallium June 29, 2014.

Hartford archbishop: receiving pallium a 'moving' experience

Jun 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

After receiving the pallium from Pope Francis on Sunday’s feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Leonard Blair expressed that... Read more

Pope Francis installs 24 Metropolitian archbishops with the pallium for the feast of Sts Peter and Paul June 29, 2014.

Trust in God overcomes worldly fears, Pope tells archbishops

Jun 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

On the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis installed 24 new archbishops with the pallium, urging them, like... Read more

3D scanning technology and Santa Maria Maddelena Church in Rome via Wikimedia.

Rome church restoration boosted by unique 3D scanner

Jun 15, 2014

By Jan Bentz

Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3D scanner technology has recently been used to create unique... Read more

Pope Francis administers last rites to Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy during his funeral Mass on June 5, 2014.

Late cardinal of India remembered for his serenity in suffering

Jun 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

During the funeral Mass for Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy, who passed away Monday, fellow cardinals gathered to commemorate his life of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during his Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014.

Pope: the Church is not a rental house, but a home

Jun 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis focused his daily homily on Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples, cautioning that there are many... Read more

Dan and Julia Calinescu speak with CNA during a May 3, 2014 international prolife leaders conference in Rome

Couple leaves everything to begin pro-life movement in Romania

May 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

Founders of prolife organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s March for Life, and spoke of their decision... Read more

Rebecca Kiessling (L) and Mary Rathke (R) participate in Italys 4th annual March for Life on May 4, 2014

Women conceived in rape seek to inspire others in choosing life

May 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

During Italy’s fourth annual March for Life, two women shared testimonies of being conceived in rape, and expressed hope that... Read more

Archbishop William Lori celebrates Mass with with Knights of Columbus for Polish pilgrims in Rome on April 26, 2014

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Apr 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights donated two fields in Rome... Read more

A panel of participants in a Vatican conference on human trafficking speak with journalists during an April 10, 2014 press conference

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Apr 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas... Read more