- Feb 26, 2021
When the difficulties and uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic were at their height in Italy this past spring, one Vatican cardinal defined the snowballing crisis as a form of “trauma.”
Bishops and the government in Italy just collaborated on guidelines for what to do with unused churches now up for sale, and the main takeaway, unsurprisingly, is a clear preference for turning them into libraries and community centers versus hotels, discos or nightclubs.
Pope Francis told hundreds of children from the poorer neighborhoods of Rome and Milan never to forget their first teachers, in the latest edition of the Treno dei Bambini – the children’s train – on Saturday.
Real-world debates permeate this year’s Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land.
Modern technological advances are calling into question what it means to be human. Biotechnology is changing people from guardians into creators. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi says these new technologies “have ethical and cultural implications that need to be considered.”
Nearly 400 children living in the towns in central Italy damaged by a series of earthquakes arrived at the Vatican train station at midday on Saturday on the “Treno dei Bambini” – the children’s train – an annual initiative by the Pontifical Council for Culture. Pope Francis told them when disaster strikes, we must have the “strength to start again.”