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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 Sanchez 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

Turin Cathedral.

Climate activists disrupt archbishop’s Mass in Turin

Dec 4, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Activists with the climate group Extinction Rebellion interrupted Mass at the Turin Cathedral on Sunday while reading aloud from the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer team founded by a Catholic religious

Nov 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic... Read more

Demonstrators threw smoke bombs, smashed windows, and spray-painted pro-abortion graffiti on the Pro Vita & Famiglia association’s main office in Rome on Nov. 25, 2023, despite the presence of Italian police at the protest.

Giorgia Meloni condemns vandalism of pro-life center in Rome

Nov 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Italian prime minister has condemned the vandalism of a pro-life organization’s headquarters in Rome perpetrated during a protest. Read more

Pope Francis meets with 30-year-old Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin, who shared his story during a meeting at the pope’s Vatican City residence Casa Santa Marta on Nov. 17, 2023.

Pope Francis has emotional meeting with African migrant who lost his wife and daughter

Nov 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin shared his story during a meeting at the pope’s Vatican City residence Casa Santa Marta on Nov.... Read more

Pope Francis meets with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell'Ospitalità in Villa Verde in Rome on Nov. 16, 2023.

Pope meets with priests, families to confront poverty, social marginalization

Nov 17, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis met with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell’Ospitalità in Villa Verde... Read more

From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi"

Italian Senate launches inquiry into disappearance of Vatican Girl and another missing teen

Nov 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, disappeared June 22, 1983, after... Read more

The Italian government decided in an emergency meeting on Nov. 6, 2023, to grant critically ill 8-month-old baby Indi Gregory Italian citizenship and to cover the cost of her medical treatment at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital. The Vatican’s pediatric hospital has offered to treat after a British court ruled that she be removed from life support against her parents’ wishes.

Indi Gregory case: Baby to be removed from life support Thursday despite parents’ pleas

Nov 8, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A terminally ill baby in England is set to be removed from life support following a judge’s ruling, despite the... Read more

The Italian government decided in an emergency meeting on Nov. 6, 2023, to grant critically ill 8-month-old baby Indi Gregory Italian citizenship and to cover the cost of her medical treatment at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital. The Vatican’s pediatric hospital has offered to treat after a British court ruled that she be removed from life support against her parents’ wishes.

Vatican hospital offers to treat critically ill baby denied life support in Britain

Nov 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Bambino Gesù hospital has offered to treat 8-month-old Indi Gregory after a British court ruled that she be removed from... Read more