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November 25, 2021
The Catholic Church in Italy said that life must be “protected and defended” after local health authorities in Italy gave the green light to the country’s first legally obtained assisted suicide. The ethics committee of the health service of the Italian city of Ancona ruled on Nov. 23 that a 43-year-old Italian man met the
November 11, 2021
Ravenna, Italy, Nov 11, 2021 / 04:20 am The poet Dante famously traveled through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in his masterpiece the “Divine Comedy.” Now, Catholics have a chance to follow in his footsteps — his earthly ones, that is.  Dante’s Walk is a 235-mile route that takes pilgrims from the Byzantine splendor of the city
October 28, 2021
The Vatican Secretariat of State has raised concerns about the bill
June 24, 2021
The Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See, Pietro Parolin, made his statements in an interview published on Thursday by the official Vatican News portal.
June 23, 2021
This is the first known instance of the Vatican using official diplomatic channels to oppose legislation in Italy; although given that it was publicized through a leak to the press and not an official statement, it is possible it has happened before. It is an odd time for the Holy See to brandish such a weapon. The world is observing Pride Month, and Italy is set to host a series of Pride parades this weekend, which organizers now say will protest the Vatican action. In addition, the Catholic Church in Italy has usually fared poorly when opposing Italian laws.
June 22, 2021
Local media have called the Vatican’s action “unprecedented” in the history of the relationship between the two states.
June 21, 2021
The announcement of the resignation of two bishops, also on Saturday, was always likely to go unremarked, if unnoticed. But there are resignations and resignations, and these two were not without interest.
June 01, 2021
Travellers to Rome are all too easily fleeced, but play 
your cards right and you can bypass the heaving 
crowds and overpriced cafes
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