Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Singing Nun Wins ‘Voice of Italy’ Contest; Recites ‘Our Father’

By Joan Frawley Desmond | Last night, Italy’s “Singing Nun,” Sister Cristina Scuccia, won the ‘Voice of Italy’ contest, reports The New York Times, which includes the YouTube video of her rousing rendition of ‘What a Feeling!’ from the film…

Pope to Italy’s Military Police Corps: Service Is Your Vocation

Pope Francis has reminded Italy’s military police corps that their vocation is service. The Pope was speaking in St. Peter’s Square after meeting nearly 50,000 members of the Carabinieri who are celebrating the bicentenary of their founding. 
The Holy Father also chose the occasion to announce that, on Septembe…

Cycling champion receives jersey blessed by Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The winner of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, Nairo Quintana of Colombia, has received the pink championship jersey that Pope Francis blessed before the competition.

Pope Francis blessed the jersey in a private act before the race, as he did in 2013 as well.

The jersey’s pink color comes from the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, which created the competition; the paper’s pages are pink as well.

The Pope was also given a “very special” pass as a gift from the competition’s organizers.

Pope Francis is an avid sports fan and the most prominent follower of the Argentine soccer team San Lorenzo de Almagro.

In his meetings with young people, the Pope has repeatedly made references to soccer, especially during World Youth Day Rio 2013.

There he told three million young people on Copacabana Beach that “Jesus offers us something greater than the World Cup.”

Italy’s March for Life draws global participation

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual March for Life held in Rome May 4 drew attendees from across Italy, Europe and the United States.

“The beautiful thing about this march is that it has always been very int…

2,000 march for the unborn in Palermo, Italy

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, April 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While the annual March for Life in Washington, DC has been a regular feature of US political life for 40 years, and now numbers in the hundreds of thousands, the idea is just starting to catch on around Europe. Most recently it has reached…

Young nun wows judges on Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on The Voice of Italy, a reality show akin to American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent.

Abortion campaigners assault on conscience in Italy based on ideology, not facts: pro-life lawyers

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, March 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The pro-life movement in Italy has come out swinging against an order by the Council of Europe to abolish the country’s legal protection for conscientious objectors against abortion. Gianfranco Amato, the head of the campaign group Giuristi per la…

European publisher launches new Pope Francis magazine

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2014 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- One of the largest publishing companies in Europe is releasing a first-ever weekly magazine dedicated entirely to Pope Francis due to the impact his pontificate has had in the world over the last year.

On March 3 Mondadori, Italy’s largest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France, announced their new magazine “Il Mio Papa,” which is to be the world’s first magazine dedicated entirely to the Bishop of Rome.

Scheduled to hit newsstands every week beginning on Wednesday March 5, an initial print run of 3 million copies will be released during the first month.

“The idea for a magazine designed to report on and share the words and actions of Pope Francis came from observing how his election has stimulated a renewed interest on ethical, religious and moral issues,” the magazine’s editor, Aldo Vitali, said in a March 3 press release announcing the publication.

“In fact, the current Pope is a figure who, thanks to his empathy, as well as the power, the courage and the simplicity of his message, has won over everyone, both the faithful and non-believers,” he observed.

According to the press release, the new magazine will have a positive and popular approach with a layout that is colorful, easy to read, and will engage readers with moving photographic images, and will cover the weekly events of the Roman Pontiff, including his meetings, pronouncements, engagements and audiences, such as his weekly Angelus and General Audience addresses.

Giving particular attention to the message of change that has characterized the pontificate of Pope Francis, the weekly publication will also include articles on the people and facts which inspire both the Pope’s work and his words, as well as smaller items of curiosity and images that show the great simplicity of the pontiff in ordinary daily activities.

The magazine is designed to be a meeting place where readers are able to send in letters, poems, and other works for publication, and every week a section will be dedicated to the not-profit charity ONLUS in order to draw attention to their mission and to attract support.

Included in the magazine as a gift will be a double poster of Pope Francis along with the most impactful phrase of the week, and every issue will include a piece of illustrated history on the life of the pontiff, done by artist Tiziana Lupi and which are designed as pull-out inserts to be collected.

A final feature of the new publication will be a column dedicated to the Saints of the week, a list of different TV programs on the faith, and cartoons from around the world dedicated to the pontiff.

For the first edition, Mondadori will include a special feature on the one-year anniversary of the Pope’s election, which will also be covered in a DVD as a supplement to the magazine the following week.

“Il Mio Papa” will come out with a launch price of 50 euro cents, and shortly after will be available on Facebook, Twitter, and the magazine’s website, www.miopapa.it.

Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2014 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in central Italy.

According to reports, thieves stole the relic and a small simple cross from…

Abortion Rates Continue to Decline in Italy

Between 80-90% of gynecologists in Italy are refusing to abort babies, while abortion rates are steadily declining, according to a recent report from the Italian government. In a report by Italy’s Ministry of Health, it was found that abortion rates in Italy had dropped from 106,000 abortions in 2012 to 111,000. …

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