Pope John Paul I, who served for just 33 days as Pontiff in 1978 before his abrupt death, has moved a step closer to sainthood, the Vatican said on Thursday. Known as the “smiling Pope” because of his good nature, Albino Luciani’s reign as head of the Catholic Church was the shortest in modern times and his shock demise fueled press speculation tha...

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...

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...

Two allegorical female figures portraying the virtues of Friendship and Justice in the Room of Constantine at the Vatican Museums are by Italian Renaissance master Raphael, the weekly Vatican Magazine reported on Friday. The weekly televised program broadcast the first images of Comitas, friendship in Latin, which has just been restored, and the fi...

Italy’s oldest native-born nun, Candida Bellotti, celebrated her 110th birthday with best wishes from Pope Francis and valuable tips for those wanting to live a long life. “Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the nun said as she marked the big milestone on Monday (Feb. 20) at the convent where she lives in the Tuscan town of Lucca. “Have fait...

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous frescoes in the world unsurprisingly it's one of Rome's most visited and valued historic sites. Set within the Vatican City and Museums, the Sistine Chapel welcomes around 25,000 visitors a day who flock to see Michelangelo's masterpiece and marvel at the feat of artistry.   As came...

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...

Proponents of a female priesthood say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says such assertions are sensationalist "fairy tales".   The catacombs, on Rome's Via Salaria, have been fully reopened after a five-year project that included laser technology to clean...

By Greg Garrison   Alabama-based EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched ACI Stampa, a new Rome-based Italian-language Catholic news agency that will be led by Vatican journalist Angela Ambrogetti. The new service was introduced on Thursday, Sept. 10 at an event held adjacent to the Vatican press center in Rome.   "I am pleased to a...

By Andrew Ragali Local resident Jerry Farrell Jr. was recently knighted by Italian royalty.Farrell, a former town councilor, was named a Knight Official of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus during a visit to Vatican City earlier this month. The honor was bestowed upon Farrell by Prince Victor Emmanuel IV of Savoy, the head of the Italian roy...