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Italy Expels Imam for Preaching Hatred Against Jews
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Italian officials on Tuesday moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Italian officials on ...

Pope Francis Apologizes for Persecution of Pentecostals
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina, and Italy in the southern town of Caserta on Monday. ...

Why Is Pope Francis Spending so Much Time Going after the Mafia?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-o ...

Italian Publisher Unveils Magazine Dedicated to Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

Il Mio Papa, a new weekly magazine that will focus entirely on Pope Francis — complete with a weekly centerfold poster of the pontiff — is scheduled to hit Italian newsstands on Wednesday. ...

Are Those Really St. Peter’s Bones on Display at the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis cradled the small box said to contain nine bone fragments believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the first pope, he fanned the flames of a long-standing debate over the authenticity ...

Rise in Italian Catholic Church Attendance Attributed to "Francis Effect"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

There’s word Roman Catholic Church attendance is climbing throughout Italy. Blame it on “the Francis effect.” First, the name  “Francesco” leapfrogged to No. 1  on the list of t ...

The Pope Francis Effect: ‘Francesco’ Now Italy’s Most Popular Baby Name
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Moved by the election of Pope Francis seven months ago, the name “Francesco” has leapfrogged to No. 1 on the list of the most popular baby names in Italy, according to a study. Mo ...

New Testing Dates Shroud of Turin to Era of Christ
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which went on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the pope, date the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments that dated it onl ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

Seeking Love and Forgiveness in the Shadow of St. Francis
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

Swimming against a global tide of religious violence and political polarization, about 550 religious and humanitarian leaders met recently in the birthplace of St. Francis to propose a new way forward: love an ...

Street Artist Bringing Madonna Back
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

ROME — Even in the heartland of global Catholicism, a life-size Madonna on a street wall is an uncommon sight — especially if you leave the cobblestone alleyways of the historic center for the drab concrete of ...