• 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

  • Does Pope Francis have an enemies list?

    • Nov 4, 2014

    In the dying days of the Nixon administration, the discovery that the White House maintained an enemies list was, for many Americans, the last straw. It seemed to reveal an administration using power not to advance policy or defend the nation, but to settle political scores. Although any comparison between

  • Fear of change in the Church risks sinning for a lack of hope

    • Oct 30, 2014

    The Rev. Maurizio Patriciello is known in Italy as a human rights campaigner and an advocate for victims of illegal toxic dumping in the country’s southern Campania region. This piece on the recent Synod of Bishops originally appeared in the Oct. 28 edition of L’Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian

  • Silvio Berlusconi: Let’s legalize gay civil unions

    • Oct 23, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage. In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy’s largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that allowing civil unions by gays would be the “right compromise” between freedom