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Rajesh Mohur pictured with Carlo Acutis on the day of his confirmation.

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired a man to convert

May 27, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The son of a Brahman Hindu priest became a Catholic through young Carlo Acutis’ joyful witness to the Eucharist and... Read more

Philosophical-Theological University of Bressanone in Italy.

Vatican overturns own decision on seminary dean

May 17, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The Vatican now approved the appointment of Father Martin M. Lintner, OSM, as a new dean at a seminary in... Read more

Pope Francis greets a young girl at a conference on Friday, May 10, 2024, on the state of birth rates in Italy and the wider West at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome.

Pope Francis on record-low fertility rate: ‘Human life is not a problem, it is a gift’

May 10, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“The problem of our world is not the children that are born — it is selfishness, consumerism, and individualism, which... Read more

The Verona Arena is illuminated at night on Aug. 3, 2018, in Verona, Italy. The Holy See Press Office on Monday, April 29, 2024, released the pope’s schedule for a one-day trip to the city scheduled for May 18, 2024, on the vigil of Pentecost. 

Pope Francis to visit Verona for a trip centered on peace and justice

Apr 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy See Press Office on Monday released the pope’s schedule for the one-day trip scheduled for May 18 on... Read more

Prayer house at San Simeone, Italy, September 2012.

Catholic movement in Italy dedicated to people ‘far from the Church’

Apr 28, 2024

By Emma Silvestri

The Ricostruttori community in Italy runs houses of prayer for people who are “drawn to spirituality but far from the... Read more

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is seen on the set of the TV show “Porta a Porta” at Rai Studios, on April 4, 2024, in Rome, Italy.

Italy’s prime minister backs stricter ban on surrogacy: How Europe differs from U.S. on issue

Apr 16, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Speaking at a conference in Rome, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni called surrogacy “inhuman” and referred to it as “uterus renting.” Read more

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome, Friday, April 12, 2024.

This province in Italy ‘invests’ in children and families

Apr 15, 2024

By Veronica Giacometti

The famous “demographic winter” often mentioned by Pope Francis is evident in many regions of Italy except one: Alto Adige-Südtirol... Read more

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After protest from Catholics, blasphemous potato chip ad ordered pulled in Italy

Apr 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In the advertisement, an abbess fills a ciborium with potato chips instead of Eucharistic hosts prior to Mass. Read more

The celebration of the quarantore at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini.

Ancient 40-hour ‘Quarantore’ devotion continues to bless Rome

Feb 14, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Quarant’Ore or Quarantore (“40 hours”) is an exposition and continuous devotion in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Read more

Luca Di Tolve.

Former gay activist: Fiducia Supplicans hurts those ‘struggling for chastity’

Jan 19, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Luca Di Tolve, Mister Gay Italy 1990 and a former homosexual activist, posted a reflection on his website regarding the... Read more

Susan Agostinelli shows Pope Francis a picture of her great, great uncle, Bl. Grimoaldo Santamaria of the Purification, during a meeting at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2022. The audience was part of a conference on holiness and sainthood hosted by the Vatican.

Producer shares story of ‘family saint’ with new generation of Catholics

Dec 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Susan Agostinelli says her great-great uncle, Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria, was the “go-to family saint.” Now she is sharing his life... Read more

The Monastery of Città della Pieve in Italy.

Blind from birth, Sister Chiara Antonella shares her story of music and prayer

Dec 26, 2023

By ACI Stampa

The Poor Clare sister shared in a recent interview about her calling to religious life, life in the monastery, and... Read more

A variety of fish dishes served on Christmas Eve.

Where does the ‘Feast of the 7 Fishes’ Christmas Eve tradition come from?

Dec 24, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The feast stems from the southern part of Italy and spans generations. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis says that he wants to be buried in Marian basilica in new interview

Dec 13, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 11, 2023.

Pope Francis expresses concern about Italy’s low birth rate

Dec 11, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis on Monday received the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Read more

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Italian bishop suspends selecting godparents for baptism and sponsors for confirmation

Dec 8, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

Bishop Mario Vaccari of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli in Italy said he made his decision because “emotional ties” have been prioritized over... Read more

The facade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.

Climate activists vandalize St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy

Dec 8, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Climate activists vandalized the facade of the nearly 1,000-year-old St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, on Thursday. Read more

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis honors Virgin Mary on solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a... Read more

Edoardo Santini.

Italy’s ‘most handsome man’ leaves modeling career to become a priest

Edoardo Santini, considered “the most handsome man in Italy,” has decided to leave his promising career as a model and... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience on Dec. 6, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis at general audience: ‘The Spirit is the protagonist’ of evangelization

Dec 6, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis’ catechetical series on the essential components of the proclamation of the Gospel culminated with a fourth and final... Read more