by Andrea Marini   Rome is getting a makeover ahead of the Vatican's special Jubilee celebration that starts December 8 and runs through November 20, 2016. Yesterday, the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino unveiled 50 new public works projects to be completed by December 31, 2015 at a cost of €50 million.   Given that time is tight, th...

by Nicoletta Cottone   Visitors to the Jubilee, which starts in Rome this December, will need to present a pass in order to enter the Porta Santa (holy door) of the Basilica of San Pietro in Rome. The goal is to avoid massive queues and chaos and be able to adjust on-site security to the number of people expected. Starting in October, p...

The remains of Saint Pio - known as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina - were taken from the church in San Giovanni Rotondo, Apulia, and started their journey to Rome. Pope Francis wanted the remains to be moved to Rome as part of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The remains are set to arrive at the Capuchin church of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls later...

by Andrea Marini   The security plan to keep Rome safe during the Jubilee of Mercy -- an extraordinary Holy Year to start on December 8 and last until November 20 2016 -- kicks off today. The plan was devised by Rome's prefecture (in Italy, an office representing the government in any province) and by Rome's police provincial headquarte...

Italian Studies at Notre Dame invites junior faculty and advanced graduate students to apply for the sixth annual Rome Seminar, hosted by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, which brings together 30 scholars and students from diverse fields across the globe to reflect, discuss and train on a topic related to Italian studies. Notre Dame's Rome Globa...

by Donata Marrazzo   At around 9 pm, in the frescoed rooms of Palazzo Lante, in the via Monterone, near Piazza Navona, in Rome, the Missionary Workers of the Immaculate start chanting the Ave Maria. It is the prayer sung by the workers that run the Eau Vive, a restaurant that specializes in French, international, and fusion cuisine: the...