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Mother Clelia Merloni. Courtesy photo.

Mother Clelia Merloni, ‘a woman of pardon,’ to be beatified

Nov 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mother Clelia Merloni, a 20th-century Italian religious sister and founder of the women’s institute of the Apostles of the Sacred... Read more

Migrants on the the Italian Coast Guard vessel Diciotti wait to embark.

Italian bishops receive 100 Eritrean migrants stranded at port

Aug 28, 2018

The Italian bishops’ conference will accept the majority of African migrants who have spent 10 days stranded on a coast... Read more

Analysis: What's behind a sex scandal in the Italian Church

Mar 10, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The recent outing of gay priests by a male prostitute has shocked the Italian Church and prompted several dioceses to... Read more

Eucharistic hosts.

Eucharistic miracle? Hosts found intact in church destroyed by earthquake

Feb 27, 2018

Almost a year and a half after an August 2016 earthquake in the central area of the Italy, a tabernacle... Read more

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome, speaks to CNA on May 22, 2013.

Interview with an exorcist- 'The Devil and Father Amorth'

Jan 23, 2018

A documentary on the ministry of Father Gabriele Amorth, popularly known as the “Vatican exorcist,” will be released this spring.... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesu di Palidoro hospital outside Rome, Jan. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to sick children

Jan 5, 2018

By Elise Harris

In yet another “Mercy Friday” outing, Pope Francis this afternoon traveled to the outskirts of Rome to visit sick children... Read more

Dumpster diving for the poor - How an Italian woman is feeding hungry families

Jan 2, 2018

After rummaging through supermarket dumpsters, 79-year-old Marta loads 90 pounds of edible food onto her bicycle every day. Three times... Read more

The Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, where Pope Francis will say Mass Nov. 2, 2017.

Papal All Souls' Day Mass will be at cemetery for American war dead

Oct 31, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis will visit on Thursday an Italian cemetery for American personnel killed in World War II, where he will... Read more

Pope Francis lunches with poor people, refugees, and the 18 prisoners who did not escape, at San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy, Oct. 1, 2017.

Pope invites prisoners to lunch, they break free instead

Oct 17, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis.  Read more

Pope Francis eats lunch with the poor during a 2015 visit to Florence and Prato.

Take care of those on the peripheries, Pope Francis tells mayors

Sep 30, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Saturday told mayors that they must go to those on the margins of their communities in order... Read more

Antonio Vivaldi at the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna. Public Domain.

What makes Vivaldi unique among composers? He was a priest.

Aug 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

While Antonio Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” echoes in concert halls and elevators around the world, for some, his greatest masterpieces are... Read more

San Foca beach.

The Virgin Mary on a paddle boat? One priest's beach blessing

Aug 2, 2017

Every August, for the feast of the Madonna of the Sea, Italian priest Father Mario Calogiuri takes to the beach... Read more

The monks of Norcia sing from their 2015 album Benedicta: Marian Chant for Norcia.

Monks of Norcia announce special edition beer to help them rebuild

Jun 13, 2017

By Mary Farrow

It was God and beer sales that helped sustain the Benedictine monks of Norcia, and it is God and beer... Read more

Pope Francis listened to the testimonies of several children from earthquake-struck areas on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Vatican.

Pope hears testimonies of earthquake children, asks them to trust in Jesus

Jun 3, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday, Pope Francis met with 400 children from towns hit by earthquakes in central Italy, telling them that during... Read more

The Basilica of St. Benedict in the main square of Norcia, before the earthquake.

Echoes of St. Benedict as Norcia monks rebuild after earthquake

Mar 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy rebuild their monastery from the rubble caused by devastating earthquakes last year, they do... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants in the meeting sponsored by the Charity Commission and the Italian bishops' conference, Feb. 10, 2017.

Pope Francis: in healthcare, we are responsible to the most vulnerable

Feb 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

When it comes to healthcare and using our resources wisely, we have a responsibility to protect and take care of... Read more

Pope Francis during a Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope leads 'Hail Mary' for those affected by latest disasters in Italy

Jan 22, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

After his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis prayed for those who have lost family and friends after the latest set... Read more

Pope Francis baptizes babies from earthquake zones in Italy at the chapel of Santa Marta.

Pope Francis baptizes babies from earthquake zones in Italy

Jan 14, 2017

On Saturday, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies from areas where devastating earthquakes struck Italy last year.   Read more

Last year, Pope Francis and Cardinal Sepe hold relic of St. Januarius' blood in Naples cathedral March 21, 2015.

San Gennaro's blood didn't liquefy--so pray anyway, abbot says

Dec 19, 2016

Prayer was the response to a rare failure of a saint’s blood to liquefy in Naples, an occurrence some believe... Read more

Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Pope prays for central Italy after second major earthquake

Oct 30, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sunday Pope Francis expressed his nearness to everyone affected by an earthquake which hit central Italy Sunday morning, asking for... Read more