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University of Dallas students take part in a tour of Due Santi Campus in the Alban Hills outside of Rome. Photo

Two US Catholic colleges resume Rome study abroad programs

Sep 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

At a time when many universities in the U.S. are only offering online classes this fall, American students from two... Read more

Fr. Roberto Malgesini.

Catholic priest stabbed to death in Italy known for his care of ‘the least’

Sep 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A 51-year-old priest was found dead from knife wounds Tuesday near his parish in the city of Como, Italy.  Read more

The image of Our Lady of the Hill at the Shrine of La Madonna del Colle in Lenola, Italy. Courtesy photo.

This feast day celebrates a miraculous image of Mary once lost for 13 centuries

Sep 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A basilica in Italy marks the spot of a bloody episode in early Church history, and is home to an... Read more

Pope Francis addresses relatives of those killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 at the Vatican Sept. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis comforts relatives of loved ones killed in nightclub stampede

Sep 12, 2020

Pope Francis comforted relatives of loved ones killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 during an audience at the Vatican... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome April 27, 2017.

Cardinal calls for Marian devotion to be protected from mafia exploitation

Sep 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

During a visit to a Marian shrine in southern Italy this week the Vatican Secretary of State issued a warning... Read more

‘We're sitting on a powder keg,’ says Catholic bishop after youth beaten to death

Sep 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian bishop spoke this week about a “climate of violence” after a 21-year-old man was beaten to death in... Read more

Fr. César Izquierdo in front of the Gregorian University in Rome in June 2020. Courtesy photo.

Stuck in Italy: Washington priest trusts in God as he waits to begin U.S. ministry

Sep 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

New priest César Izquierdo knows God is calling him to serve the Catholic population of central Washington. And with his... Read more

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Italian bishops' newspaper faces pushback after letter supports abortion law

Aug 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference is facing criticism after it published a letter Wednesday arguing that Catholics can... Read more

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use... Read more

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Italy considers allowing abortion pill without hospitalization

Aug 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italy’s health ministry is expected to approve a proposal to remove mandatory hospitalization for the administration of the abortion pill... Read more

Sant'Oreste, Lazio, Italy.

Italian priest performs same-sex civil union ceremony

Jul 21, 2020

A priest has resigned as a parish pastor after he performed a same-sex civil union ceremony in the town hall... Read more

Biagio Conte, a lay missionary based in Palermo, is seen doing a pilgrimage in an almost deserted street March 20, 2020, in Palermo, Italy.

Catholic hermit is ‘full of hope’ after 40-day fast for humanity

Jul 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A lay missionary who was fasting for 40 days in a cave outside Palermo, Italy, says he is returning to... Read more

Renato Laganà with the relic of the burning column.

St. Paul, a miracle, and the first Christian community on the Italian peninsula

Jul 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The imprisonment of St. Paul in Rome, and his eventual martyrdom, are well-known. But days before the apostle set foot... Read more

Conjoined twins can have 'normal lives' after Vatican hospital performs separation surgery

Jul 8, 2020

Twins who were conjoined at the head are likely to return home within months from the Vatican’s pediatric hospital where... Read more

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo.

A tale of two Churches: Young African priest ordained in south Italy

Jul 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr.... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal says it is time to rebuild, as economic crisis hits northern Italy

Jul 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A cardinal archbishop in northern Italy said Friday that the COVID-19 health crisis has created an “immense” poverty in the... Read more

Sentenced to 30 years for murder, a Catholic inmate will profess poverty, chastity, and obedience

Jun 27, 2020

An Italian prisoner, sentenced to 30 years for murder, will make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on Saturday, in... Read more

The Holy Face of Lucca crucifix in the Cathedral of St. Martin.

Scientists confirm Italian crucifix is oldest wooden statue in Europe

Jun 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe.  Read more

In Italy, new book suggests changes to Catholic doctrine on homosexuality

Jun 12, 2020

A book published by an employee of the Italian bishops’ conference, which claims to be inspired by Pope Francis' Amoris... Read more

Italy's Catholic bishops say proposed 'homophobia law' creates ‘crime of opinion’

Jun 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italian bishops have raised concerns over proposed legislation against "homophobia" in Italy, claiming changes to the law are unnecessary and have... Read more