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  • 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

  • Cardinal Burke leads Italians on ‘March for Life’

    Cardinal Burke leads Italians on ‘March for Life’

    • May 10, 2016

    ROME— People from at least two dozen countries joined Italians May 8 for the sixth annual National March for Life in Rome. Carrying multicolored balloons, crucifixes or children, the estimated 30,000 people walked through the historic center of the city and joined Pope Francis for the midday recitation of the

  • 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

  • In Italy, goliard-style blasphemy rides again

    In Italy, goliard-style blasphemy rides again

    • Apr 17, 2016

    In Medieval Europe, the “goliards” were a class of clergy who roamed from town to town singing ribald Latin verse, living a debaucherous lifestyle steeped in the pleasures of the flesh, and amusing themselves by staging blasphemous versions of the Church’s sacred rites. Ostensibly there was a serious edge to

  • Crowd rallies in Rome against civil unions and gay adoption

    Crowd rallies in Rome against civil unions and gay adoption

    • Jan 30, 2016

    ROME — A vast crowd of Italians gathered in Rome’s Circus Maximus Saturday to “defend the family and children,” protesting a proposed law that would establish civil unions for gay couples and grant those couples full adoption rights. Called “Family Day,” the rally was organized in response to a bill

  • Pope Francis sends mixed signals on civil unions for gay couples

    Pope Francis sends mixed signals on civil unions for gay couples

    • Jan 27, 2016

    Last weekend, tens of thousands of Italians took to at least 100 piazzas up and down the country to demonstrate their support for a measure currently before the Italian parliament, and backed by the governing center-left majority, to provide civil unions for same-sex couples along with full adoption rights. On

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