Meriam Ibrahim Is Free, Plans Visit to Pope Francis

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, is free!Ibrahim has just arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport, accompanied by her family and by Italy's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli.  On the ground in Rome, her flight was welcomed by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi who said, "Today is a day of celebration!"The release was reportedly arranged through diplomatic negotiations by Italy and the Vatican.Ibraham's father … [Read more...]

No More Religious Processions in Calabria, After Unscheduled Mafia Salute

The controversial church procession in Oppido Mamertina, which paid homage to a mafia boss

There will be no more religious processions in the southern Italian region of Calabria, after hundreds of people defied Pope Francis by making an unscheduled stop during a Marian procession to bow in front of the home of a Mafia godfather.According to The Tablet,  Bishop Francesco Milito of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi said that those who bowed outside the house of Giuseppe Mazzagatti, an 82-year-old convicted murderer whose clan fed a man alive to pigs, "are clearly far from even a minimum … [Read more...]

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses

Watching canonization w 3D glasses

An amazing photo from Bergamo, the northern Italy town which was the birthplace of Pope John XXIII.At the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, the faithful who did not brave the crowds at St. Peter's Square to attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in person gather to do the next best thing:  They're watching the screening with the aid of 3D glasses.AP photo by Luca Bruno.See this and other amazing photos of the Canonization at The … [Read more...]


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