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Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was beatified on June 6, the anniversary of her murder, in Chiavenna, northern Italy. Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Countdown to beatification of martyred Italian nun begins with Eucharistic adoration

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was stabbed to death by three teenage girls in the town of Chiavenna, Italy, in 2000. Read more

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

Italian cardinal: Our synodal journey will not be like Germany’s

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti said: “I believe that the basic problems of our people are quite different.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for 5-year-old survivor and 14 people killed in cable car accident

A cable car ascending the Mottarone mountain fell about 65 feet to the ground. Read more

The site of the cable car crash on the Mottarone mountain on May 23, 2021.

Bishops offer prayers for 14 victims of cable car accident in Italy

Fourteen people died in a cable car crash in northern Italy Sunday after the cable carrying the passengers up a... Read more

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis asks society which it values more: Children or money

The pope was speaking at “The General State of the Birth Rate” event in Rome. Read more

Empty wooden crib. Image via Shutterstock

‘We took the family for granted’: Leaders grapple with Italy’s accelerating birth crisis

Pope Francis will attend a May 14 event on the country’s demographic decline. Read more

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