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...]

OH NO! Crucifix Honoring JPII Breaks and Falls in Italy, Killing 21-Year-Old Man

The broken corpus is visible beneath the curved cross

A sad story out of northern Italy:  The corpus of Christ has fallen from a crucifix in the Alpine town of Cevo, crushing a 21-year-old man to death. The 100-foot-high crucifix had been erected to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to the region in 1998.  On Wednesday, April 23, during a ceremony preceding this weekend's canonization ceremony for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the 1,320-pound sculpture of Christ broke off the curved cross, fell and broke apart.The cross had b … [Read more...]


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