Between family tension, health issues, a destroyed reputation and exile from the community of Roman Catholic nuns she helped found, Clelia Merloni could have easily given up. But instead, Merloni bore those trials quietly and without complaint and chose to love those who persecuted her. It’s one of the reasons the nuns of the Hamden-based religious...

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is an Italian-born saint who dedicated her life to helping thousands of Italian immigrants living in the United States during the late 19th century. She died in Chicago exactly one hundred years ago. On Saturday morning in the Vatican, Pope Francis met members of the religious congregation she founded, the Missionary S...

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...