- Aug 9, 2020
Part of the charm of living in Italy is the way Catholicism is so utterly woven into the fabric of life here.
A pop star kept at arm’s length by the Church during life now is spending eternity in the Church’s embrace, accompanied by an image in his honored blessed by the Church.
So many people are keeping a close watch on the impact of coronavirus in Italy and elsewhere, but few are paying closer attention than Father Stanislao Esposito. The pastor of St. John the Baptist-Holy Angels Parish in Newark, Delaware, was born in Naples and his mother, Teresa, 83, two sisters and a brother are among family members who currently live in his native country.
The way the local Catholic church is intertwined with Napoli only heightens the feeling that following the team is a religion.
The Mediterranean Sea, which has been and again could be a route for a meeting of peoples and cultures, instead is a “border not to be crossed” between the poor South and the wealthy North, said Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
Pope Francis on Friday visited the southern Italian city of Naples, participating in a theology congress dedicated to interreligious dialogue and migration in the context of the Mediterranean Sea.