Anyone who’s ever taken an English literature course in an American high school likely knows the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem “The Bells,” which, among other turns of phrase, celebrates “the tintinnabulation that so musically wells .. from the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.” Those lines, however, were written in mid-19th century Baltimore....

On the 17th of January, Italians celebrate Sant’Antonio Abate, known in English as Saint Anthony of Egypt or Saint Anthony the Great. Anthony is a saint of the early Church and he is considered the first saint hermit, as well as one of the fathers of monasticism. In Italy, he is traditionally considered a santo contadino, that is, a saint connected...

Rome has unveiled dozens of major infrastructural projects to be carried out ahead of the Vatican's Jubilee Year 2025 when millions of pilgrims are set to arrive in the Italian capital. The city's mayor Roberto Gualtieri, who is also Italy's extraordinary commissioner for the Jubilee, presented the first phase of the plans to Pope Francis during a...

Two saints who walked with migrants at the beginning of the last century can teach us today how we can accompany today's new migrants on their journey to a new life. Both St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini have been called the Mother or Father of migrants -- St. Cabrini when she was canonized and St. Scalabrini when he...

During the Fall Plenary Assembly, held in Baltimore, Maryland, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on November 15, 2022, elected a new president and vice-president: Msgr. Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, and Msgr. William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore. After three ballots the president was elected by 138 vo...

’Tis the season for the Christmas crèche, a depiction of the birth of Jesus displayed in churches, in homes and—sometimes controversially—on public property. In most of these scenes, the divine child lies on a bed of straw, watched over by Mary, Joseph and a few reclining animals. Shepherds arrive, and three Magi, or wise men, approach. A tableau o...

Alexis N. Carra-Tracey, Esq. is an attorney at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. She assesses parish compliance on child protection policies and speaks on matters of law, philosophy, and religion. Alexis has a B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Fordham University in New York City. She is the founder of Discussion & Discipleship, a forum dedicated...

He’s remembered for renouncing his riches and devoting himself to a life of poverty. But Saint Francis of Assisi — one of the two patron saints of Italy and among the most venerated figures in Christianity — has a flashy new investor in his legacy: Ferrari.  The Italian luxury sports car company will fund a restoration of the Maestà di Assisi (Mado...

I give you thanks, Lord and King,I praise you, God my savior!I declare your name, refuge of my life,because you have ransomed my life from death;You held back my body from the pit,and delivered my foot from the power of Sheol. -Sirach 51: 1-2 It is 1961, and the author and essayist Pietro Di Donato is lying on a bed in a room at the Capuchin monast...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere annually displays the Solidarity Creche, a gift by the Naples (Italy) Chamber of Commerce to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Il Presepio Della Solidarieta, an exquisite, artisanal exhibit of museum quality that tells a...