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

Jan 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 26, 2021

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

Jan 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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’

Jan 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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?

Dec 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

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

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

Dec 4, 2020

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

Nov 30, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Italian poet Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) in a detail from a painting by Domenico di Michelino. Public domain.

Pope Francis: revisit the ‘Divine Comedy’ in Dante’s anniversary year

Oct 12, 2020

Pope Francis said Saturday that the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri should inspire people to rediscover the... Read more

Fr. Roberto Malgesini.

Slain Catholic priest awarded Italy’s highest honor for civil valor

Oct 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The president of Italy conferred the highest honor for civil valor Wednesday upon Fr. Roberto Malgesini, a priest who was... Read more

Spoleto Cathedral in Umbria, central Italy.

St. John Paul II relic stolen amid church robberies in Italy

Sep 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

This week a relic of St. Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy, while a... Read more

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain

Judge killed by mafia 30 years ago is a candidate for sainthood

Sep 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Thirty years ago Judge Rosario Livatino was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis makes surprise donation to struggling poultry workers

Sep 19, 2020

Pope Francis has made a surprise donation to struggling poultry workers in Italy.  Read more

"Cuties."

Italian bishops' conference newspaper defends Netflix's 'Cuties'

Sep 17, 2020

According to L'Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, those who have criticized the controversial French movie "Cuties,"... Read more

Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina.

Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

Sep 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian archbishop has opened the cause for beatification of a Capuchin friar and spiritual son of St. Padre Pio.  Read more