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Pope Francis Commands Mafia Dons to Repent

Pope Francis Commands Mafia Dons to Repent

Pope Francis recently commanded mafia dons in Italy to repent and stop the mindless ongoing violence. The Pope asked individuals from different crime rings involved in criminal activities to shun the bloodied violence and to prevent causing mothers to shed tears over the loss of their sons. He said this during his visit to Naples, […]

Amanda Knox Engaged to Old School Friend [Video]

Amanda Knox Engaged to Old School Friend [Video]

Amanda Knox is engaged to an old school friend who supposedly kept in touch, writing her letters, while she was in prison. The young woman, now 27, served four years in a prison in Italy for the murder of her British housemate, Meredith Kercher, while both were students in the Mediterranean country. Knox’s fiancé, Colin […]

Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Costa Concordia ex-captain, Francesco Schettino, has been sentenced to 16 years and one month in prison on Wednesday. The prosecution was asking for 26 years and a month and called the ex-captain an “idiot.” A tribunal in Italy, in the city of Grosseto, has sentenced the ex-captain of the Costa Concordia to 16 years and […]

Rome Vacation: Off the Beaten Path [Photos & Videos]

Rome Vacation: Off the Beaten Path [Photos & Videos]

  When enjoying a Rome vacation, this historic city offers many popular and well known attractions, but how about taking a trip a little off the beaten path. There are some strange and unusual spots to visit, known mostly to the locals, and as the old saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans […]

Italy Coastguard Rescues Drifting Migrant Ship

Italy Coastguard Rescues Drifting Migrant Ship

On Friday, the Ezadeen, a merchant ship carrying 450 migrants, was rescued by Italy’s coastguard after the ship was found drifting crewless just off the mainland, reports the BBC. The coastguard was alerted to the ship’s predicament when one of the Ezadeen’s passengers sent out a distress call on the ship’s radio, reporting that the […]

Christmas Traditions Observed Throughout the World

Christmas Traditions Observed Throughout the World

Christmas is celebrated on December 25 in much of the Western world. However, Christmas traditions observed throughout the world can vary greatly. For most Christians around the world, it is the day recognized as Christ’s birthday, however, this date is debatable. Many believe it was selected by Roman church officials to coincide with existing solstice […]

Preventing and Protecting Graffiti on Historical Sites

Preventing and Protecting Graffiti on Historical Sites

Authorities in Rome have levied a hefty fine on a Russian tourist who carved his initial into a brick in the Colosseum. Last year a Chinese teen-aged tourist carved graffiti into a 3,500 year-old temple in Luxor, Egypt. Acts like these are considered to be vandalism and draw a hue and cry from historians and […]

Sistine Chapel Unveils New Lights With Intelligent Design

Sistine Chapel Unveils New Lights With Intelligent Design

The Sistine Chapel has unveiled a technologically advanced LED lighting project as part of a conservation effort consisting of design intelligence. Over 500 years ago when the Sistine Chapel was first adorned with Michelangelo’s frescoes, the chapel did not yet, have the 600 million visitors per year it now hosts. According to the The Daily […]

Pope Francis: Will the Church Join the 21st Century on Social Issues?

Pope Francis: Will the Church Join the 21st Century on Social Issues?

Pope Francis’ mission to modernize and reform the Roman Catholic Church may have been dealt a blow on Saturday, after proposals for wider acknowledgement and acceptance of the LGBT community and remarried Catholics, who have been divorced, were water downed in the final revised document on the Church’s stance regarding families. This setback raises the central question […]

Setback for Pope Francis on Gay Statement

Setback for Pope Francis on Gay Statement

In what is being called a setback for Pope Francis, the midterm document from the synod has had language regarding gays and lesbians removed after conservative bishops blocked its inclusion. After failing to receive the needed two-thirds majority in a vote, the controversial paragraph was removed leaving some progressives unhappy and disappointed. The document is […]

Pope Rented Out Sistine Chapel

Pope Rented Out Sistine Chapel

Any famous site can be rented for a price, even the Vatican. Pope Francis continues to shakes things up in Rome. But, his latest is a first. The Pope has rented out the Sistine Chapel for a corporate event this weekend. Museums and historical sites from the Musée du Louvre to the Metropolitan Museum of […]

Vatican Changes Wording Not Message on Homosexuals

Vatican Changes Wording Not Message on Homosexuals

The news that the Vatican was shifting tone towards being more welcoming of homosexuals rocked the religious world and was called an “earthquake.” But now it seems that conservative backlash has forced a change in the wording of the document from “welcoming” to “providing for” homosexuals. The original English form of the 2014 synod’s relatio […]

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