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Fragmented Europe calls for Europe-wide gathering

Our dream is to have an event which underlines the beauty of the European continent in all its diversity, where the richness of every culture emerges in the splendid tapestry that is Europe – Peter Forst, Focolare.

2019.03.10.

Muddied waters at Trevi Fountain as mayor takes coins from Caritas Italia

Tourists throw about €4,000 into the Trevi Fountain’s pools and cascades every day, which until now has been used to fund Caritas Italia's projects to help Rome's poor.

2019.01.14.

Columbanus Way set for big increase in pilgrim numbers

Large parts of the route will be mapped in 2019 and a smartphone app will be launched in mid 2019 that will allow pilgrims to negotiate the pilgrim trail.

2018.12.31.

Largest-ever joint divestment from fossil fuels

The institutions are located on five continents, and represent fields ranging from a holy site, to finance, and church hierarchical bodies.Their decision to withdraw financial support for fossil fuels is based on both their shared value of environmental protection and the financial wisdom of preparing for a carbon-neutral economy.

2017.10.11.

Vatican fountains switched off as effects of drought hit Rome

The crisis is partly as a result of this year’s unusually hot summer – temperatures in Rome are expected to hit 38 ˚C this week – but a crucial factor is that the Lazio region, in which Rome lies, has experienced two exceptionally dry winters in a row.

2017.07.31.

Help for young people making decisions in life

Cardinal Martini began Samuel Groups in Italy in 1989. Each year for the following decade he brought together about 200 young people in his diocese of Milan for monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons.

2016.12.01.

Prayers for Italy’s quake victims as death toll reaches 247

“When I arrived at the break of day, I saw a destroyed village, screams, death... We are truly in a desperate situation" - Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole of Ascoli Piceno.

2016.08.25.

Pope Francis has lunch with Syrian refugees in Vatican

Syrian children gave Francis a collection of their drawings, and the Pope showered them with toys and other gifts.

2016.08.12.

Eight Spiritans celebrate 60 years of priesthood

Fr Enzo Agnoli moved from Italy to Ireland with his family and both he and his late brother Savino became Spiritan priests for the Irish province.

2016.06.15.

Business must favour dignity of every person: Pope

7,000 businessmen and women from Italy’s largest manufacturing association reflect with Pontiff on the ethics of doing business.

2016.02.28.

St Columbanus’ message was a call to conversion

Primate of All Ireland leads celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh of a national Mass of Thanksgiving marking the 14th centenary of the Saint’s death.

2015.06.23.

Pope lashes inequality of ‘throw-away economy’

Visiting Turin, Pontiff calls for a ‘No’ to an economy of waste which excludes persons who do not produce, ‘No’ to corruption and 'No' to the idolatry of money.

2015.06.22.

‘Criminal Minds’ actor to receive St Pio Award

Tony and Emmy-winning actor and director Joe Mantegna to be honoured at inaugural St Pio Foundation awards.

2015.05.09.

Calls for EU-wide response to migrant drownings

“I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated" - Pope Francis.

2015.04.20.

Columban bell honours life of Irish saint

Bell is part of the 1,400th anniversary celebrations of St Columbanus as well as the centenary celebrations of the Knights of St Columbanus.

2015.04.02.

Ursuline nun scoops Italian TV talent contest

25-year-old Sr Cristina Scuccia prays 'Our Father' live on TV watched by millions of viewers.

2014.06.07.
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