How Did Florence’s Medieval Builders Construct the World’s Biggest Dome?

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (in English, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Flower) is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Florence, in Italy.  Constructed in the 14th century, it replaced a fifth-century church on the same spot which was crumbling with age.The Basilica, with its tall Baptistery of St. John adjacent to the main church, is one of the world's largest houses of worship.  Particularly noteworthy is its Duomo (Dome), which was for centuries the largest dome in the wo … [Read more...]

Meriam Ibrahim Is Free, Plans Visit to Pope Francis

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

 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 … [Read more...]


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