• Travel with a purpose: 5 meaningful locales to consider this summer

    • Jun 3, 2015

    The Vatican and the Holy Land might be the first two destinations that come to mind when you consider faith-based travel. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll find memorable pilgrimages to all corners of Europe — and even Ethiopia. It’s hard not to gain inspiration from St. Paul, who

  • A church, for now, becomes a mosque

    • May 7, 2015

    VENICE, Italy — The 18th-century novelist William Beckford wrote that he couldn’t help thinking of this city’s most beloved sight, St. Mark’s Basilica, as a mosque, with its “pinnacles and semicircular arches” all “so oriental in appearance.” But despite the profound stamp that Islamic culture has left on Venice’s art

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  • In Italy, plans for an Easter blessing yield a lawsuit for a public school

    • Mar 24, 2015

    BOLOGNA, Italy — The 16 board members of Giosuè Carducci Elementary School took their seats, chatting amicably, until the agenda turned to Easter. The board had agreed to let a Roman Catholic priest offer a blessing at their public school. Now the questions involved setting the date and whether to

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  • Pope to meet LGBT and HIV prisoners on visit to Naples

    • Mar 20, 2015

    POMPEII — Pope Francis will pay a one-day visit to one of Italy’s most dangerous cities Saturday, meeting with the sick, youth, victims of organized crime, and lunching with a group of prisoners that will include transgender and gay prisoners as well as people with HIV. A five-minute walk through

  • Are US bishops really resisting Pope Francis?

    • Dec 6, 2014

    Now that Pope Francis has confirmed his trip to the United States next September, heading to Philadelphia for a Vatican-sponsored meeting of families and probably also to New York and Washington, American media outlets are already beginning to gear up for saturation coverage. One narrative seems destined to loom steadily

  • Pope Francis to venerate famed Shroud of Turin

    • Nov 5, 2014

    ROME — Walking in the footsteps of both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis will travel to the Italian city of Turin on June 21 to venerate its famous shroud, traditionally regarded as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The shroud will be placed on display in