St. Frances Cabrini, the missionary to Italian immigrants in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, "teaches us the path to handling the epochal phenomenon of migration by joining charity and justice," Pope Francis said. The nun, who died Dec. 22, 1917, in Chicago, "understood that modernity would be marked by these enormous migration...

Pope Francis will pay homage to victims of war when he visits two important World War II sites south of Rome next month: the American military cemetery at Nettuno and the Ardeatine Caves, site of one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy. The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis would celebrate Mass at the Nettuno cemetery for all war...

In a letter Tuesday to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Francis reflected on the role of their foundress, St. Frances Cabrini, explaining how her example is a fitting guide for the challenges of migration we face today. “The centennial of the death of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is one of the main events marking the journey of t...

by Hannah Roberts Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday torchlight procession at the Colosseum this evening - and is using the service to stress the persecution of Christians. The pope has repeatedly lamented Christian suffering in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Reflecting this concern, among those chosen to take turns carryin...

by Carlo Marroni   It was 11:10 am when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. A moment before he embraced his predecessor Benedetto XVI. At that precise moment, a ray of sunlight broke through a blanket of black clouds, an image captured by television cameras and that was perhaps the most symbolic possible way to start o...

Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27th to discuss poverty and inequality, the White House said in a statement. While in Rome he will also meet Letta and Napolitano.   The visit is part of a wider Europe trip, which includes a US-EU summit in Brussels on March 26th, when Obama will meet with Herman Van Rompuy, presiden...

by Vicky Carabini   Mission San Juan Capistrano has launched a Hope for the Pope campaign to encourage Pope Francis to travel to California when he visits the United States in September.   He announced that he will be canonizing Fr. Junipero Serra during his Papal visit making our historic Mission ,which is home to the only remaining...

In an active outpouring of camaraderie and Italian pride, Italian-American immigrants have shown that they haven't forgotten their roots. The mayor of Airola in the province of Benevento will tomorrow inaugurate a statue of St. George the Martyr, patron of his town, which has been funded by Italian-Americans living in New York.   The ma...

by Ariston Anderson   The 11th edition of the Los Angeles, Italia Film Festival will open with the American premiere of the Pope Francis biopic Call Me Francesco on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Chinese Six Theaters. The festival is held one week before the Oscars and aims to draw attention to new and established talent from Italy.   Directe...

di Alessandra Dal Monte La prima cosa che le è venuta in mente, quando il nunzio apostolico degli Stati Uniti le ha chiesto di cucinare per Papa Francesco durante la sua visita a New York (24-26 settembre), è stata di preparare delle bistecche argentine. Ma la richiesta arrivata da Roma è stata perentoria: piatti semplici e leggeri.   Sopra...