PARIS (RNS) — Despite a noted lack of attendance on Sundays, Western Europeans don't mind paying to keep established churches open, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
MOMBASA, Kenya (RNS) — Tourists normally come for snorkeling and lounging on sun-splashed beaches, but lately many come to seek the counsel of witch doctors about illnesses, runs of bad luck or bad marriages.
(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him.
(RNS) — As Halloween approaches, the Rev. David Collins, a Jesuit professor of history at Georgetown University, takes us back to a time in European history when witches were persecuted and executed by society.
(AP) — Italy has relied mostly on arresting and deporting suspected extremists to try to keep the country safe from terrorism. But the Italian government has come to embrace prevention, too, especially in the prisons it doesn't want to become training grounds for potential extremists.
ROME (RNS) The LDS church has an estimated 26,000 members in Italy; its members are young and they're growing.
ROME (Reuters) The mother of the Italian-Moroccan jihadi who helped carry out a deadly attack in London last week said on Tuesday she had tried to keep her son from falling under the sway of Islamic State ideology, but the internet and his London friends changed him.
BOLOGNA, Italy (RNS) The film is certain to cast fresh light on this real-life drama about a 6-year-old forced from his family and raised as a Catholic with the blessing of Pope Pius IX. The child grew up to become a priest.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The 'Pope is Pop' Zumba routine by dozens of prisoners highlighted the pontiff's calls for prison reform and greater acceptance of the world’s migrants.
(RNS) Similarities to Italy’s former prime minister should make Trump-supporting Christians nervous.
NORCIA, Italy (Reuters) Panicked Norcia residents rushed into the streets and the town's ancient Basilica of St. Benedict collapsed, leaving just the facade standing.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) They say a fast-food joint in the shadow of St. Peter's would defile the area's character and Rome's culinary tradition. Plus, a Hard Rock Cafe store near the Holy See is in the works.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) An editorial in the daily, L’Osservatore Romano, praised Dylan for his 'very great talent' yet expressed doubt about whether the songwriter really deserved the same plaudits as contemporary literary writers.
ROME (RNS) He is Konrad Krajewski, 'Don Corrado,' as he is known, and he is nothing like a typical Vatican official. But there's only so much even he, and the pontiff, can do to help these refugees.
ROME (RNS) 'From the first moment, I felt that I needed to come to you! Simply to express my closeness to you, nothing more,' the pontiff told survivors in an emotional meeting in the devastated town of Amatrice.