During his brief trip to Greccio on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis paused to pray at the site where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene. The small grotto resembles the tiny cave of Bethlehem where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. Frescoes from the 14th century adorn the cave’s walls, depicting Mary breastfeeding the Christ...

The Holy Shroud is believed by many faithful to be the linen that bears the image of dead Jesus; it is not normally shown in public, the last time it was exhibited was in 2015, from April 19 to June 24. Since 1578 the Shroud is held in the Cathedral of San Giovanni in Turin. The previous “Ostensioni”, the expositions to the public, were in 2000, 20...

On 23 November 2019 members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and the Comitati delle Due Sicilie had the honor of venerating St. Padre Pio’s relics at Immaculate Conception Church, in Tuckahoe, New York, originally founded in the parish in 1853 as the area’s second Catholic church. Graciously overseen by the Saint Pio Foundat...

Don Giovanni Bosco was born in 1815 from a family of farmers in Piedmont, a region in the Northern part of Italy. Since early age, young Giovanni had a predisposition to entertain people and mostly to gather them in social activities, a very important quality that will come very useful later in his life; he often organized small theatre shows in hi...

The tradition began two centuries ago, when a mid-December procession bearing the Madonna del Triunfu from Palermo to Ciminna arrived later than expected. “They were supposed to arrive at 6 p.m., but they didn’t make it into town until 1 a.m.,” explains Tony Napoli. “They had been eating and drinking along the way, so they were happy and dancing.”...

Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined with members and families of St. Anthony’s Lodge to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Italian-American fraternal organization that has touched the lives of so many Chester County residents. In recognition of the milestone event, Dinniman presented Anthony Mascherino, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and co-ch...

The University of Mary’s School of Health Sciences will be named for St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a pediatrician and a mother who died after declining cancer treatment that could have harmed her unborn daughter. “How fitting it will be to have St. Gianna the namesake of our School of Health Sciences, a saint who lived out this value in her medical pra...

The sun took a while to peek through the clouds on Sunday, Oct. 6, but nothing could cloak the light in the hearts of parishioners and guests at St. Paul Parish and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, both in South Philadelphia, for a day of festivities. The former saw the dedication of a long-desired church hall and a well-received feast, while the...

Three weeks ago, in Italy, an extraordinary young Italian woman was beatified: Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro. Truly a saint for our time — especially for young people who suffer from chronic or progressively debilitating illnesses and all those who care for them, specifically doctors — you will not regret getting to know her. Benedetta was born i...

Outside the Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque, Iowa, is a small park named Cathedral Square. At its center is a sculpture of several figures: a priest, a miner, a riverboat captain and a farming couple. According to the artist, each figure represents the progression of settlers who came to call this area of Iowa home more than 175 years ago. Firs...