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Press conference held by the Italian bishops' conference on Nov. 17, 2022, to present a national report on the protection of minors within Italy’s 226 Catholic dioceses.

Italian bishops release report evaluating diocesan efforts to prevent abuse

Nov 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops in Italy released a national report on Thursday evaluating the recent implementation of diocesan services to aid victims... Read more

Father Giuseppe Bernardi and Father Mario Ghibaudo

They died praying for others: Two Catholic priests martyred by Nazis beatified in Italy

Oct 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Two Catholic priests killed by Nazis while ministering to the dying amid the Boves massacre were beatified as martyrs on... Read more

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) holds a “Thank You Italy” sign during a press conference at the party electoral headquarters on Sept. 25, 2022 in Rome.

What does Giorgia Meloni’s victory mean for Catholics in Italy?

Sep 29, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In short, the reality of Meloni’s politics is much more nuanced than it may seem at first glance. Read more

Pope Francis prays at Italy’s National Eucharistic Congress in Matera, Italy on Sept. 25, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist teaches us to adore God rather than ourselves

Sep 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Matera, known as the “city of bread,” hosted Italy’s National Eucharist Congress. Read more

A member of the Dominican Sisters’ Congregation of St. Rose of Lima in northern Italy sells prints at the Santa’s Sanctuary of Lima.

The congregation in honor of St. Rose of Lima where all the sisters are named Rose

Aug 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

After the miracles in Italy worked through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima and her canonization in 1671, a... Read more

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Priest who offered Mass on inflatable lounge chair in sea: ‘I was perhaps imprudent’

Jul 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

After photos of a shirtless Italian priest celebrating Mass in the sea using an inflatable lounge chair went viral this... Read more

A statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was carried in procession in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood on July 24, 2022.

PHOTOS: Rome’s floating procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the Tiber River

Jul 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Rome’s nine-day celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel culminated Sunday with a floating Marian procession in a boat down... Read more

St. Juliana Falconieri (1270-1341) and Sister Juliana Faustina.

How the Eucharist entered the heart of a 13th-century saint and inspired a Sister of Life

Jun 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘It was not so much that I discovered St. Juliana, as that she found me,’ says Sister Juliana Faustina. Read more

Pope Francis meets the bishops and priests of the churches of Sicily, Italy, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on June 9, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Sicily’s Catholic priests to be moral guides — but to drop the lace

Jun 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Noting that he has seen photos from Masses in Sicily, the pope appeared to comment on the use of lace... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, president of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Zuppi announces report on clerical sex abuse in Italy

May 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The report will only cover the years 2000 to 2021. Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.

Will Cardinal Zuppi lead Italy’s bishops’ conference in a new direction?

May 25, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The 66-year-old cardinal is often described as ‘papabile.’ Read more

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

‘Bicycling cardinal’ is new leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops’ conference

May 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, 66, has led the Bologna archdiocese since 2015. Read more

Pope Francis attends the Italian bishops’ plenary assembly in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis narrows choice for next leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops

May 3, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope said that ‘an authoritative cardinal’ should lead the influential bishops’ conference. Read more

Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri are beatified at Milan Cathedral, Italy, on April 30, 2022.

Faith-based feminism pioneer and tireless wartime Catholic priest beatified together in Italy

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The beatification of Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri took place at Milan Cathedral. Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi and Cardinal Augusto Paolo Lojudice.

Who will be the next leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops’ conference?

Mar 29, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The choice will ultimately be made by Pope Francis. Read more

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Will an Italian convent be closed for opposition to COVID-19 vaccines?

Mar 28, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican carried out an inspection of the Monastery of Santa Caterina in Perugia. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Amid protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, Cardinal Parolin says Church’s message is clear

Nov 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

A priest blessed the crowd before a ‘No Vax’ march in northern Italy. Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Italian bishops’ conference in Rome, Nov. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis creates commission to assess reform of marriage nullity process in Italy

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope made changes to canon law intended to streamline the process in 2015. Read more

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Ethics committee authorizes first assisted suicide in Italy

Nov 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Nobody can be called to be the bearer of the death of others,’ a spokesman for Italy's Catholic bishops said. Read more