St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known throughout the world as Padre Pio — likely faces competition only from John Paul II and Mother Teresa for the title of most popular saint of the 20th Century. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the public veneration of his relics at St. Thomas More Church attracted record crowds to the Narragansett parish. More...

It was a buffet of biblical proportions! Hundreds of people flooded a Williamsburg street on Sunday for Columbus-Day Giglio, a scaled-down version of the massive feast that neighborhood Catholics celebrate for several days each July. And even though the party didn’t last as long as its summer counterpart, there was still plenty of food to go around...

Each October countless scattered Italian Americans from all over the United States pilgrimage in what is a joyful return to the “old neighborhood” for the annual feast of Saint Gerard at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark, New Jersey. They come because they wish to express their outward devotion to a gentle saint who has touched their lives and their ance...

Craving Italian on Saturday and looking for somewhere or something different to try? Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Springfield's South End is holding its annual Taste of Italy festival offering over 40 favorite Italian main and side dishes from which to select for dinner, as well as a dessert table overflowing with sweet treats. The celebratio...

Faith, fellowship, fun and food! Those are – and have been for years – the trademarks of the annual St. Brigid’s Italian Festival that people like Millie Santilli said, “is held in September to coincide with our parish’s Feast Day.” It’s a coming together of proud parishioners – as well as members of the community – to support the Roman Catholic Ch...

For more than 60 years, the "little pink church" was the spiritual heart of Milwaukee's Italian community. But the church — Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, 419 N. Jackson St. — was also in the path of "progress," a dangerous place to be in Milwaukee in the 1960s.  Built in 1904, the church was the center of Italian Catholic life in the T...

Santa Fara is the patron saint of a town in Western Sicily called Cinisi. Many people from that village have immigrated to the St. Louis area and many settled in the area called “Little Italy’ in downtown St. Louis. In Little Italy stood the Italian church Our Lady Help of Christians. The immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions from...

Turns out, the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi. For more than 700 years the Friary of Folloni near Montella in Italy has protected and guarded some small fragments of textile. According to the legend the textile fragments originate from a sack that appeared on the doorstep of the fr...

During his lifetime, the beloved Roman Catholic priest and friar known as Padre Pio was believed to levitate, heal the sick, read minds and bilocate — the power to be in two places at once. Since his death in 1968 and his canonization in 2002, believers say at least two of those gifts endure. Through prayer, the faithful still believe Padre Pio wil...

Weaving my way south on Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal, with the Feast of San Gennero in full swing, is a little bit like stepping back in time. I remember the 1960s and 70s, when Manhattan’s Little Italy was still a vast and lively neighborhood filled with colorful shops and enticing restaurants. In his 2004 New York magazine article “A...