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The San Galgano reliquary, stolen in 1989.

Stolen 14th-century reliquary found in police raid of art collector’s home in Sicily

Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, hailed the rediscovery of the reliquary as “a nearly unprecedented find.” Read more

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis to open event on Italy’s demographic decline

The country’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

Fr. Alberto Ravagnani. Courtesy photo.

Meet Don Alberto, Italy’s new YouTube sensation

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

 Pope Francis greets Mario Draghi at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2013. Credit: Vatican Media.

The Vatican ties of Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi

Italy’s new prime minister -- an economist nicknamed “Super Mario” -- has Vatican ties that date back many years.  Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Italian cardinal condemns anti-Semitism after disruption of online event

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has condemned anti-Semitism after an online event in memory of a Jewish leader... Read more

Gianluigi Buffon plays in goal for Juventus in the Coppa Italia on Feb. 13, 2020. Credit: sbonsi via Shutterstock.

Leading soccer goalkeeper in Italy faces penalty for blaspheming

A leading Italian soccer player is facing a possible ban after allegedly blaspheming last month.  Read more

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

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

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Cardinal expresses concern about preteens using social media

An Italian cardinal expressed concern this week about the use of social media by children, encouraging the Church to do... Read more

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

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

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’

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

Hospital quarantine room. Stock image via Shutterstock.

As Christmas nears, Catholic priest sees ‘signs of hope’ at COVID hospital in Rome

A Catholic chaplain at a COVID hospital in Rome said he has seen many reasons for hope this Advent, especially... Read more

Cardinal Crecscenzio Sepe views the reliquary with the blood of St. Januarius in 2009.

Blood of St. Januarius fails to liquefy on December feast

In Naples, the blood of St. Januarius remained solid Wednesday, after having liquefied both in May and September this year.  Read more

Empty cradle. Stock image via Shutterstock.

As Italy hits record low births, is there a future for the family?

What is causing the 50 years of steady decline in births across Europe, and especially in Italy, and is there... Read more

Purple stole and confessional.

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

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

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC.

USAID gives $900,000 to feed the hungry in Italy amid pandemic

The United States’ international aid agency has given a $900,000 grant to a Catholic group to provide food to people... Read more

A red cross ambulance passes in front of the Vatican as Italy prepares for the coronavirus, March 9, 2020.

43 Catholic priests have died in Italy’s 2nd wave of coronavirus

Forty-three Italian priests died in November after contracting the coronavirus, as Italy experiences a second wave of the epidemic.  Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Pope Francis calls to check on Italian cardinal in coronavirus ICU

Pope Francis made a phone call this week to check in on an Italian cardinal who is in a serious... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Italian cardinal tests positive for COVID-19

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Read more

A view of St. Peter's Cupola from Casa Santa Marta.

Vatican: Coronavirus case in Pope Francis' residence

The Holy See press office said Saturday a resident of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis also lives has tested... Read more