• 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

  • Bishop says this movement can help heal America’s wounds

    • May 24, 2016

    Could the Focolare, a movement founded by Italian laywoman Chiara Lubich amid the rubble of the Second World War, with the founding idea of the unity of the human family, help a deeply-divided American Church resist polarization and acrimony?

  • Top Italian bishop pushes back against new civil unions law

    • May 19, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the head of the Italian bishops’ conference. While some supporters of the new law, which passed the legislature May 11, insisted the law did not recognize gay marriage,

  • Pope says mission has to trump maintenance

    Pope says mission has to trump maintenance

    • May 17, 2016

    “In an evangelical vision, avoid weighing yourselves down with a pastoral plan for preservation, which blocks openness to the perennial newness of the Holy Spirit.”

  • What’s the Church say on unemployment? A lot, actually

    What’s the Church say on unemployment? A lot, actually

    • May 14, 2016

    [Editor’s Note: Recently the Italian newspaper Toscana Oggi received the following letter from a reader:  “Excuse the outburst, but I’m a grandmother and I see my grandchildren doing everything they can to find work, but what’s offered involves inhuman conditions: no security, they have to work every day including Sunday,

  • Italian town eager to host Pope/Russian Patriarch summit

    Italian town eager to host Pope/Russian Patriarch summit

    • May 11, 2016

    Arguably, anyway, it took several centuries to arrange the first-ever meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch this past February in Havana, Cuba, where Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow staged their historic encounter in an airport lounge. Yet just four months later, the mayor of Bari,