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Giada Zampano

Giada Zampano is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope Francis grateful for ‘noble’ Benedict and his prayers

By Giada Zampano and Frances D'emilio — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — World leaders, Jewish advocates and the archbishop of Canterbury were among those mourning the death.

Pope’s lament: Icy winds of war buffet humanity at Christmas

By Frances D'emilio — December 27, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his Christmas message Sunday to make an impassioned plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, a 10-month-old conflict he decried as “senseless.”

John Paul I, briefly serving, ‘smiling” pope, is beatified

By Frances D'emilio — September 6, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Paul I, the pontiff recognized for his humility and cheerfulness, and whose abrupt death shocked the world, was beatified on Sunday by Pope Francis.

US rabbi reviving Jewish roots in her family’s Italian town

By Frances D'emilio — July 20, 2022
SERRASTRETTA, Italy (AP) — Ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York, she served at a synagogue in Florida for a few years before moving to Italy, where she first worked as a rabbi in Milan from 2004-2005.

Pope to visit Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuses

By Frances D'emilio — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis will head to Canada on July 24 and visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, a small town in that country's far north.

Pope decries divisions caused by old-school liturgy fans

By Frances D'emilio — May 8, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis pressed his papacy’s battle against traditionalists, whose prominent members include some ultra-conservative cardinals.

Ukraine upset by Vatican inviting Russian to carry Good Friday cross

By Frances D'emilio — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — “You have to understand one thing” about the pope, said the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest in Rome who is close to Francis, on Wednesday. “He's a pastor, not a politician.”

Pope decries genital mutilation, sex trafficking of women

By Frances D'emilio — February 7, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square, the pope noted that the day was dedicated worldwide to ending the ritual mutilation.

Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good

By Frances D'emilio — January 3, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his New Year’s wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. “We are still living in uncertain and difficult times due […]

Pope OKs Canada trip to help healing with Indigenous peoples

By Frances D'emilio — October 27, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pilgrimage could be the occasion for a papal apology that has been demanded by many in Canada.

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

By Frances D'emilio — October 11, 2021
The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting before the U.N's annual climate conference, which begins in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 31.

Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

By Frances D'emilio — August 4, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire to visit Lebanon. After removing his face mask to protect against […]

2 weeks post-surgery, Pope Francis appears at Vatican window

By Frances D'emilio — July 19, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two weeks after surgery that removed a portion of his colon, Pope Francis on Sunday resumed his weekly appearances.

Vatican: Pope alert and well a day after intestinal surgery

By Frances D'emilio — July 5, 2021
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis was “in good, overall condition, alert” and breathing on his own Monday, the Vatican said a day after the pontiff underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half of his colon. Francis, 84, is expected to stay in Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic, which has a special suite reserved for popes, for […]

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

By Frances D'emilio — June 21, 2021
(AP) — Schuman, whom the Catholic Church calls 'a man of faith', died in 1963 after serving as the first president of the forerunner of the European Parliament.
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