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Mass on May 18, 2020 at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

Catholics rejoice as public Masses resume in Rome with safety precautions

May 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again for the first... Read more

Public Masses to resume in Italy from May 18

May 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Dioceses in Italy can resume the celebration of public Masses beginning Monday, May 18, under conditions issued Thursday by the... Read more

Italy's bishops criticize state for keeping public Mass ban

Apr 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italy’s bishops have criticized Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for failing to lift the ban on public Masses.  Read more

Italian cardinal calls for restoration of public Masses and church funerals

Apr 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has written a letter calling for Sunday Mass to resume in Italy as... Read more

After receiving hundreds of requests, bishops to entrust Italy to Mary

Apr 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After receiving more than 300 letters during the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian bishops will entrust the nation to Mary’s protection... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

Vatican flags at half-staff in solidarity with coronavirus victims

Mar 31, 2020

By Courtney Mares

More than 11,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy after a total of 101,739 people have been documented by... Read more

Two Roman convents isolated as 59 religious sisters test positive for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Two convents, one in Rome and one in a town nearby the capital city, have been isolated as the majority... Read more

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020.

At least 28 priests in northern Italy have died from COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.  Read more

Police disperse Catholics at Sunday Mass in Italy

Mar 15, 2020

Italian police on Sunday dispersed Catholics attending a Mass being celebrated in a parish outside of Rome. The Italian government... Read more

Msgr. Vincenzo Rini.

Seven Italian priests have reportedly died of coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020

A Catholic priest has died in Italy from coronavirus, and local Italian media reported Sunday the death of several others.... Read more

 A woman walks past a "Wall of Kindness,” a charity work phenomenon, encouraging people to items such as winter clothing for the homeless, on Jan 25, 2020 in Milan.

Coronavirus quarantine: How Catholics in Italy are helping the poor 

Mar 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

While Italy is under nationwide quarantine to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic charities throughout the country are doing what they... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 11, 2020.

Pope Francis offers Mass for prisoners after Italian prison riots

Mar 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Following prison riots in Italy, Pope Francis offered Mass for prisoners and persecuted Christians on Wednesday during his livestreamed daily... Read more

Bathroom faucet via Unsplash.

Wine flows from water faucets in Italian village

Mar 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Italy weathers the spread of coronavirus, residents of one village appeared to witness their own version of the miracle... Read more

Flora Gualdani.

'Life is always beautiful': What 81 years and 6,000 babies have taught Flora Gualdani

Dec 29, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In more than 40 years, Flora Gualdani delivered an estimated 6,000 babies, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances life can... Read more

Italy's bishops: Society loses 'light of reason' with legalization of euthanasia

Sep 27, 2019

Pro-life advocates are decrying the ruling of an Italian court this week that decriminalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in the... Read more

Italy's National March for Life, held in Rome, May 18, 2019.

Italy's fledgling pro-life movement finds inspiration in US abortion fight

May 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Italian March for Life was held Saturday as thousands of people from Italy and around the world rallied and... Read more

Italian bishops with Pope Francis at CEI assembly May 20, 2019.

Pope Francis: Bishops who do not know their priests weaken the Church

May 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Monday that each bishop has a duty to have a strong, close relationship with his priests with... Read more

Venice illuminated red in remembrance of persecuted Christians.

Venice illuminated in red for Asia Bibi, persecuted Christians

Nov 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

To express solidarity with persecuted Christians, including Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman recently acquitted of blasphemy, the city of Venice... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

Archbishop Vigano ordered to pay 2m euro to brother in inheritance dispute

Nov 18, 2018

An Italian court has ordered Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò to pay back nearly 2 million euro of inheritance, plus interest... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Italy should get back taxes from Vatican, court rules

Nov 16, 2018

Catholic leaders are open to discussing with the Italian government a court ruling saying Italy has the right to recover... Read more