Catholic Church in Italy

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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

Cardinal Mario Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod on Synodality organizers want local stage to focus on one fundamental question

Nov 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Mario Grech was addressing the Italian bishops. Read more

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

Pope Francis speaks to Italy’s Catholic bishops in ‘strictly private’ meeting

Nov 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis gave the bishops a card with a meditation called ‘The Beatitudes of the Bishop.’ Read more

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Catholic Church in Italy holds 1st national day of prayer for abuse victims

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Milan archdiocese marked the day with Eucharistic adoration and Mass. Read more

Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 7, 2017.

Number of foreign-born Catholic priests in Italy continues to rise

Nov 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The total number of priests has falled by 11% in the last decade. Read more

Armida Barelli and Fr. Mario Ciceri.

Pioneer of faith-based feminism and WWII priest to be beatified in April

Nov 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

Armida Barelli and Fr. Mario Ciceri will be beatified at Milan Cathedral. Read more

Archbishop Corrado Lorefice visits Santa Maria dei Rotoli cemetery on Nov. 2, 2021

‘No more coffins piled up’: Palermo archbishop laments lack of burial space

Nov 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The archbishop blessed 800 bodies still awaiting burial. Read more

Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Senate of the Italian Republic in Rome.

Italian Senate blocks controversial ‘anti-homophobia’ bill

Oct 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican Secretariat of State has raised concerns about the bill. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to be ‘more courageous’ in tackling crisis exposed by COVID-19

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘We cannot resign ourselves and sit back and watch,’ he said. Read more

Baptism.

Godfather ban: Sicilian Catholic diocese suspends naming of godparents at baptism for 3 years

Oct 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A decree issued by the archbishop of Catania came into full effect this month. Read more

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Campaign for legal euthanasia, assisted suicide takes step forward in Italy

Aug 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Campaigners in Italy have passed the first hurdle in an effort to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. Read more