Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions. “We want to bear witness to the beauty of the family,” said Vincenzo and Sara, addressing the June 20 rally. “All of our children have been born of a mother and a … [Read more...]

What Pope Francis owes the Salesians

Turin, Italy, Jun 23, 2015 / 04:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots. A Salesian priest was the matchmaker for Pope Francis' parents and baptized the future Pope, while Francis owes his priestly vocation to a Salesian priest. Pope Francis recently visited Turin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco's birth. Father Elio Cesari, who is responsible for the Salesian Youth in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis reconnects with relatives in Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 23, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his trip to Turin this week, Pope Francis visited his relatives and his ancestors' parish, his father, an Italian emigrant to Argentina, having been baptized in the city. On June 21, he made a short visit to St. Teresa parish, where his grandparents were married in 1907, and his father baptized. He kissed the baptistery, recalling his grandparents and praying for families and the upcoming Synod on the Family, leaving behind a … [Read more...]

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 22, 2015 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true. “I met Pope Francis two years ago, and I immediately talked to him about visiting the ‘Ferrante Aporti’ and meeting with prisoners, as I saw he had celebrated the 2013 Holy Thursday Mass in the juvenile prison ‘Casal del Marmo’ in Rome,” Fr. Ricca told … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks forgiveness of Christian group over historical persecution

Turin, Italy, Jun 22, 2015 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met on Monday with members of the Waldensian movement, an ecclesial community which suffered persecution from Catholic authorities from the 12th to 17th centuries. He apologized for the Church's “non-Christian attitudes and behavior” towards the Waldensians during that period. “Reflecting on the history of our relations, we can only grieve in the face of strife and violence committed in the name of … [Read more...]

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 06:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope. The motorbike, an Itom 50 model that dates back to the 1960s, was present in Turin during Pope Francis’ meeting with Salesians at the House of Valdocco, the motherhouse of the Salesian congregation. The teens plan to give it to the Pope in a private audience in the Vatican in the near future.   About … [Read more...]

Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Swansea, United Kingdom, Jun 21, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new ways to ramp up their resources on marriage and family life. Saint Anthony Communications, a Catholic media company in the United Kingdom, is looking to do just that with its latest project, “Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love,” a DVD which addresses the Church’s teachings on … [Read more...]