• Meet the prototype for a ‘Pope Francis bishop’

    Meet the prototype for a ‘Pope Francis bishop’

    • May 11, 2016

    In late April, Bishop Nunzio Galantino visited the southern Italian town of Lamezia Terme in the region of Calabria, one of the most impoverished and mafia-infested zones of the country, to consecrate a new church. Galantino, 67, told the small crowd that there’s something ironic about dedicating a church building

  • Recalling the anniversary of a broken papal heart

    Recalling the anniversary of a broken papal heart

    • May 10, 2016

    Wherever one chooses to start the story of the modern simplification of the papacy, a key point along the way has to be the first time the world really saw a pope display a broken heart in public, even flirting with rebuking God. It happened on May 10, 1978, the

  • Pope Francis and Christianity beyond the bunkers

    Pope Francis and Christianity beyond the bunkers

    • May 8, 2016

    Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, had an insightful piece on Saturday in the Italian paper Corriere della Sera about the speech Pope Francis delivered the day before in receiving the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for European integration. In a nutshell, Riccardi’s argument was that Francis sees the main

  • Theft of sausage and cheese offers a Vatican 101 lesson

    Theft of sausage and cheese offers a Vatican 101 lesson

    • May 7, 2016

    Over almost twenty years on the Vatican beat, here’s one iron-clad certainty I’ve reached: A lot of stories that get covered around the world as “Vatican” news actually have much more to do with Italy and its foibles, rather than anything specifically related to the Holy See. Of course, given the