- Apr 11, 2021
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a crucial no-confidence vote in the senate today, and the Vatican will be watching with interest.
Former Italian deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, a populist and known opponent of Pope Francis and the Italian bishops on the issue of immigration, is on trial for kidnapping related to his refusal to allow migrants to disembark a rescue ship in 2019.
Over the course of twenty-plus years of visiting and living here, I’m often amused by the foibles and idiosyncrasies of Italian life that reflect its utterly unique cultural matrix.
ROME – Yesterday was a special day of universal prayer for healing from the coronavirus proposed by the “Higher Committee for Human Fraternity,” a body formed in the wake of Pope Francis’s 2019 trip to the United Arab Emirates, and the “Document on Human Fraternity” he signed there along with
However silly or politically opportunistic, one reason populist politicians get traction when they raise the question of restarting normal Church life is because they seem to be the only ones talking about it.
With Easter just days away, debate continues to swirl about how accessible churches and pastors should be on the holiest day on the Christian calendar – and, for that matter, whether Easter ought to be celebrated next Sunday at all.
What difference might it make if all practicing Catholics, not just about half, actually showed up to vote?
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, said Aug. 22 that a patriotic love for one’s country and culture does not mean closing off oneself to others, particularly those in need.