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Pope Francis prays at Italy’s National Eucharistic Congress in Matera, Italy on Sept. 25, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist teaches us to adore God rather than ourselves

Sep 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Matera, known as the “city of bread,” hosted Italy’s National Eucharist Congress. 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

Bishop-elect Guido Marini of Tortona, Italy, speaks during an interview.

Msgr. Guido Marini sees God’s providence in his ‘new call’ as bishop

Sep 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He said his time as head of papal liturgies was ‘very grace-filled.’ Read more

Fr. Alberto Ravagnani. Courtesy photo.

Meet Don Alberto, Italy’s new YouTube sensation

Mar 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Alberto Ravagnani didn’t set out to make a viral video, he was just trying to find a way to... Read more

Italy's bishops draw attention to suffering families in message to new prime minister

Feb 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The president of the national bishops’ conference has welcomed Italy’s new government with a message to Prime Minister Mario Draghi,... Read more

Purple stole and confessional.

Bishops in northeast Italy permit general absolution at Christmas due to pandemic

Dec 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholic bishops in northeast Italy have said that the risk of illness amid the ongoing pandemic constitutes a grave necessity... Read more

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo.

A tale of two Churches: Young African priest ordained in south Italy

Jul 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr.... Read more

Public Masses to resume in Italy from May 18

May 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Dioceses in Italy can resume the celebration of public Masses beginning Monday, May 18, under conditions issued Thursday by the... Read more

Cardinale Zuppi prays at a cemetery in San Girolamo della Certosa.

Italian bishops offer Mass for coronavirus victims, including 87 priests

Apr 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bishops throughout Italy visited cemeteries last week to pray and offer Mass for the souls of those who died after... Read more

Pope Francis holds a rosary during a general audience Aug. 7, 2019.

On St. Joseph's feast, Italy to pray rosary for protection from coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the protector of families and the Church, Catholics in Italy will pray the rosary... Read more

Milan Cathedral.

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in Alessano, Italy April 20, 2018.

There's no 'maybe' when answering the Lord's call, pope says

Apr 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Speaking in the southern Italian town of Alessano on Friday, Pope Francis said that we should be on fire for... Read more

Italian nun helps brides say 'yes' to the dress

Dec 22, 2017

Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

Even in tragedy, God’s love remains, Pope tells earthquake victims

Apr 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sunday Pope Francis encouraged people from earthquake-damaged communities to continue the process of rebuilding with courage and strength, never losing... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2015.

For Pope Francis, the laity must be formed for their mission in the world

May 19, 2015

Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation,... Read more

San Rufino, cathedral of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, a small Italian diocese which may well be merged with another small diocese.

Will the number of dioceses in Italy be cut in the near future?

Jan 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a... Read more