Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who unveiled the plans, has frequently condemned modern churches as ugly and inhospitable to prayer

The British actor is playing a fictional pontiff in a new series expected to be screened later this year

Venice debut prompted by Church’s wish to engage with contemporary artists

Benedict XVI says Christians must try to reflect the beautiful, life-giving qualities of water and not its destructive ones

During his visit to Venice, Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed a gondola ride that took him from St. Mark’s Square to the Basilica della Salute

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Behind all the euphoria, another piece of good news: author Leo McKinstry announces his conversion after a spiritual awakening in Venice