Coronavirus Italy. Prayer to Mary from Rome Rooftops

We’ve previously posted about how Coronavirus Italy consecrates many of its cities to the Virgin Mary. And now, if Italians in Coronavirus times are not allowed to go to church to attend religious services because of the self-isolation lockdown imposed on them, the church is going to them. This is what the Parish of Santa […]

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Coronavirus Italy Consecrates Itself to the Virgin Mary

While you may have read about or seen videos of Italians in Coronavirus lockdown singing from their balconies to each other and to the rest of the world, different responses to the crisis have emerged in Italy. From the North to the South of the country, many mayors have consecrated their towns and cities, starting [...]
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If You Can Keep Your Appointments, Thank the Church

So, 2020 is a leap year, hence it has the extra day just elapsed, 29 February. The Catholic Church has created the calendar that mostly approaches perfection, and we owe this to faith. The date of Easter gave birth to the calendar destined to remain a perfect work over the centuries. No civilisation has ever […]

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Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Wonder Shown for First Time

The first thing to say is that, if you search Google for “Raffaello” (known as Raphael in English), the first results you get are about the Ferrero Raffaello chocolate confections, “spherical coconut–almond” Wikipedia specifies. This says a lot about what our society considers priorities (a hint: what makes money). Only if you search for “Raffaello […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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“Young People, Don’t Emigrate” Say African Bishops

“Young people, stay at home” is what the Archbishop of Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, in Eastern Africa, has told his country’s youth, exhorting them not to emigrate to Europe. Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is only the last of a long list of African Catholic Bishops and Cardinals to have warned […]

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The Two Popes Film: Much Fiction, Little Truth & History

During the Christmas holidays I watched the film The Two Popes, directed by Fernando Meirelles, recently released by Netflix. It is based on the 2017 play The Pope by Anthony McCarten, in which he imagined conversations that never occurred between Pope Francis when he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Pope Benedict XVI, and […]

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What is for Children the Magic of Santa Claus?

Christmas is behind us, now. But there is still something about that special time of the year that I’d like to reflect and write on. Something quite special in tragic circumstances happened to an American little child for Christmas. In December 2016, media reported that a terminally-ill five-year-old boy in Knoxville, Tennessee, expressed as his […]

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New Year but In Italy Not Enough New Babies

Italy is “one of the oldest countries in the world”: these are the words of the Italian official Institute of Statistics Istat, which in its Yearbook explains how the cause is the decrease in the birth rate together with the increase in life expectancy: In 2018 the decline in births continues, from 458,151 in 2017 […]

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What Christmas Is and What Christmas Is Not

There is in the UK, and possibly elsewhere, at least one TV channel, ITV4 (there could be more of which I don’t know), that very proudly during this season proclaims to be “Christmas free”. The people at the top of that channel must think it’s a unique trait: in fact all or nearly all television […]

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