• Catholic nations Poland, Croatia and Italy see gay pride marches

    Catholic nations Poland, Croatia and Italy see gay pride marches

    • Jun 12, 2016

    Parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists, while in Italy, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.

  • Muslim refugees eat and sleep at Catholic parish in Italy

    Muslim refugees eat and sleep at Catholic parish in Italy

    • Jun 8, 2016

    In an effort to cope with the tidal wave of migrants and refugees pouring through the region, Bishop Antonio Suetta of Ventimiglia-San Remo had already welcomed several hundred people to the local parish of Sant’Antonio, where they’re sleeping in meeting rooms, outside on parish grounds, and even inside the church itself.

  • Bishop threatens to close schools rather than pay property taxes

    Bishop threatens to close schools rather than pay property taxes

    • May 24, 2016

    After an Italian mayor asked the local archdiocese to pay back property taxes on Catholic schools amounting to around U.S. $112,000, the archbishop has written to the country’s prime minister threatening to close those schools if the Church is forced to pay. In a letter published on his own archdiocesan