"Stumbling blocks" in Rome, Italy. Plates inscribed with the name and dates of life of the victim of Nazi persecution. | Shutterstock

Documents Identify Thousands of Jews hidden by Religious Orders When Nazis Occupied Rome

Sep 8, 2023

Research in the archive of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome has uncovered a list of the names of thousands of Jewish people who found shelter from Nazi persecution in Catholic religious congregations in Rome from 1943-1944.

St. Pope John Paul II greets former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Sends Condolences after Death of Silvio Berlusconi

Jun 12, 2023

Pope Francis expressed his condolences Monday after the death of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Rajesh Mohur pictured with Carlo Acutis on the day of his Confirmation | Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis Inspired a Man to Convert

May 30, 2023

Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired the son of a Brahman Hindu priest to be baptized as a Catholic through the young boy’s joyful witness to Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Pope Francis shared a stage with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on May 12, 2023, to speak at a two-day conference on “The General State of the Birth Rate,” held at Conciliazione Auditorium close to the Vatican. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Birth Rate is a Key Indicator of a Country’s Hope

May 12, 2023

Pope Francis said Friday a society’s birth rate is a key indicator of the hope people have in the future.

Pope Francis meets with executives and employees of the Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale, Italy's main welfare agency, April 3, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Italian Welfare Agency Not to Forget Foreign Workers

Apr 3, 2023

Pope Francis has urged Italy’s main welfare agency not to forget the contribution of foreign workers.

The faithful venerate a relic of Blessed Rosario Livatino at the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, Italy, Jan. 20, 2023. | Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Blood-stained Shirt of Beatified Judge Killed by Mafia Displayed in Rome

Jan 20, 2023

The shirt worn by Blessed Rosario Livatino when he was murdered by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990 was displayed in churches and government buildings in Rome this week.

Pope Francis has lunch with his second cousin Carla Rabezzana at her home in Portacomaro, Italy on Nov. 19, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Travels to Northern Italy to Share a Special Meal with his Cousins

Nov 19, 2022

Pope Francis traveled to northern Italy on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of his second cousin Carla Rabezzana with his Italian relatives.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), speaks at a press conference at the party electoral headquarters overnight on Sept. 26, 2022. in Rome. Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 saw voters poised to elect Meloni, a Catholic mother, as the country's first female prime minister. | Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

7 Things to Know about Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s Likely New Catholic Prime Minister

Sep 27, 2022

Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 ended with Giorgia Meloni, a Catholic mother, poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. 

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Low Birth Rate in the West, Says “impoverishing everyone’s future”

May 14, 2022

‘Italy, Europe, and the West are impoverishing their futures,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks Society which it Values More: Children or Money

May 15, 2021

Pope Francis urged Europeans on Friday to reflect on what they treasure, and whether they consider children to be the valuable gift they are.

Photos of Sr. Floralba Rondi (left), Sr.Clarangela Ghilardi (centre), and Sr.Dinarosa Belleri (right) who died of Ebola in DRC in 1995 / Courtesy Photo

Heroic Virtues of Italian Nuns Who Died Caring for Ebola Patients in DR Congo Recognized

Feb 22, 2021

Pope Francis has issued a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of three Italian Catholic Nuns who succumbed to Ebola, which they contracted when caring for Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1995.

Fr. François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa, appointed Bishop of DR Congo's Kindu Diocese by Pope Francis on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Italy-based Congolese Cleric Appointed Bishop of DR Congo’s Kindu Diocese

Nov 18, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. François Abeli ​​Muhoya Mutchapa, who has been ministering at the Parishes of St. Maria and St. Mauro of Italy’s Tivoli Diocese, as the new Bishop of Kindu Diocese located in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Late Bishop Ambrogio Ravasi who died October 30 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi of heart-related complications.

Late Italian-born Bishop in Kenya Mourned as “devout shepherd, of impeccable character”

Oct 30, 2020

The late Bishop Ambrogio Ravasi who served as the second Bishop of Kenya’s Marsabit Diocese until his retirement in November 2006 is being remembered as a “devout shepherd” and “a man of impeccable character and heroic virtues.”

The Book titled "Freedom and Trinity" by Italian-born Fr. Nicholas Fogliacco. / Paulines Publications Africa.

Late Missionary, Scholar in Kenya Leaves Lasting Legacy in New Book on Freedom, Trinity

Oct 24, 2020

Before he died in May last year aged 81, Italian-born Fr. Nicholas Fogliacco had accumulated enough content that would be put together to make one of the most treasured books that seeks to promote the mission of evangelization in Africa.

A view of St. Peter's Cupola from Casa Santa Marta. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican: Coronavirus Case in Pope Francis' Residence

Oct 17, 2020

The Holy See press office said Saturday a resident of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis also lives has tested positive for COVID-19.

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Doctors Recall His Last Days in Hospital

Oct 17, 2020

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church. Following his beatification last Saturday, his doctors and hospital chaplain recalled their memories of his final days.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, freed Thursday, October 8 after spending two years in captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Joy, Gratitude to God as Religious Missionary in Niger is Freed after Two-year Abduction

Oct 9, 2020

News reports of the release of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was abducted just over two years ago in Niger have brought joy and gratitude to members of the Clergy in Africa and beyond who have interpreted the event as an answer to concerted supplications.

Some of the flood victims in Sudan receive aid provided by Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI). / Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

Thousands in Sudan Receive Help from Italian NGO Founded by Jesuit Cleric amid Flooding

Sep 18, 2020

As Sudan grapples with the effects of the ongoing floods described as the worst in a century, officials of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), an Italy-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that was founded by a Jesuit Cleric, have reached out to some of the affected people in the country with emergency humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis addresses relatives of those killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 at the Vatican Sept. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Comforts Relatives of Loved Ones Killed in Italy's 2018 Nightclub Stampede

Sep 12, 2020

Pope Francis comforted relatives of loved ones killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 during an audience at the Vatican Saturday.

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Supports Project to "free" Virgin Mary from Mafia Exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use her figure to wield power and exert control