It's fair to say that every period which has celebrated the literature of antiquity has held epic Roman poet Virgil in extremely high regard, and that was never more the case than during the early Christian and medieval eras. Born in 70 B.C.—writes Clyde Pharr in the introduction to his scholarly Latin text—"Vergil was ardently admired even in his...

By Patricia Montemurri   Just before Pope Francis departed the Vatican for his Cuba/U.S. trip, he picked a metro-Detroit bred astronomer, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, to lead the Catholic Church's study of the heavens as director of the Vatican Observatory.   On Friday, when the appointment was announced, Francis lunched at the Vat...

Jude Law is reportedly in advanced talks to play a fictional Italian-American pope in Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s first television venture, "The Young Pope". Sources close to the production have confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Law is currently in negotiations, but has not confirmed the role.   Law would play a hardline...

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

European Studies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum invite you to a panel discussion on Francis I: A New Pope for a Globalized World?

By Marissa Martinelli HBO's series The Young Pope hasn't even debuted in the U.S. yet, but it's already a meme of biblical proportions in the Twittersphere. And why not? Paolo Sorrentino's drama stars Jude Law as a young, Italian American pontiff who threatens to shake up the Vatican with his war on rampant liberalism and his collection of sick po...

Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 is offering La Bella Italia, a tour of some of the most beautiful cities of Italy, leaving Saturday, Oct. 31, and returning Thursday, Nov. 12. Deposits are due April 10.   The tour goes from Venice to Bologna, Padua, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Rome. The trip includes 11 nights in first-class...

The official library of the Holy See is undertaking a massive digitization project designed to upload hundred of thousands of books and images from its physical archives into an online database.   As Business Insider reports, nonprofit organization Digita Vaticana Onlus was founded in 2013 with the goal digitizing 80,000 manuscripts. That's...

Even though the territory of Vatican is incredibly small, just 44 hectares, its international significance both for the political and cultural life of planet is rather impressive. The absolute monarchy ruled by the Pope was founded on February 11th in the 1929 and is located "inside" the territory of Rome, the Italian capital.   There a...

After the summer break, the evening openings of the Vatican Museums will continue until the end of October in the grandiloquent Vatican City exhibition, located in the heart of Rome.   Every Friday evening, from 07.00 pm, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the Upper Galleries (Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries), the Raph...