ROME (RNS) The Rev. Luigi Ciotti has had police escorts before, but when a notorious Sicilian boss issued a death threat from his jail cell a couple of months ago, the authorities immediately doubled Ciotti's protection.
ROME (RNS) “I chose it, without any intention to be provocative or scandalous,” Sister Cristina said. “I wanted to transmit calmness and poetry."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has made a habit of personally answering letters sent to him from around the world -- but not from a group of two dozen Italian women who say they are married to or involved with Catholic priests.
ROME (RNS) Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled "for seriously disturbing the peace, endangering national security and religious discrimination.”
CASERTA, Italy (RNS) “I am the shepherd of the Catholics and I ask you to forgive my Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil," Pope Francis told an Italian Pentecostal pastor.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) With his second trip to the heart of Italy's Mafia country, experts are debating the impact of Pope Francis' uncompromising stance against organized crime and what it means for his papacy.
ROME (RNS) The priest is accused of at least 10 episodes of sexual violence against immigrants since 2009, and he also faces embezzlement charges after the alleged discovery of 10,000 euros ($13,600 ) inside his church.
ROME (RNS) Francis' determination to challenge organized crime groups has provoked warnings that he himself could become a mafia target.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' frank determination to challenge organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he could become a mafia target. Last May, he warned mobsters that they would "go to hell" if they did not repent.
ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as "God's rivals" are frequently rejected by family and friends. They're sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.
ROME (RNS) “I do not believe you can call this an achievement, much less define it as historic,” said Monsignor Nunzio Galantino. “Speedy divorce will not help anyone.”
ROME (RNS) “In my daily life, something has changed,” Sister Cristina said. “Now people stop me in the street and thank me for the joy that I have given them with my performance."
ROME (RNS) The publisher said it envisions the magazine being a “meeting place” for the faithful to send in letters, poems and drawings related to Francis’ papacy.
ROME (RNS) "It's about marketing," said Piero Pazzi, the photographer behind the annual calendar featuring attractive priests of Italy. "It's a souvenir, not a statement of any kind."
(RNS) The United States will move its freestanding Vatican embassy into the larger American Embassy to Italy, a shift that has drawn criticism from former U.S. envoys.