On Anniversary of Tsunami, the Vatican Remembers with Mozart

Tsunami

Three years after the earthquake and tsunami which afflicted Japan in 2011, Rome remembers with music. Organized with the support of the Japanese embassy to the Holy See, "Mozart's Requiem for Japan from the Vatican" will be held today in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls.  The Gioacchino Rossini Symphony Orchestra of Pesaro and the San Carlo choir, also from Pesaro, will perform Mozart's Requiem under maestro Daniele Agiman. The tsunami which flooded Japan's eastern coastal … [Read more...]

Protesters Threaten to Set Themselves on Fire in St. Peter’s Square

"Pitchfork men" being dragged from St. Peter's Square following protest

Two Italian men protesting Italy's economic crisis demanded an audience with Pope Francis, threatening to burn themselves to death if their request was denied. One of the protesters, speaking to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, said, “There's no work, they don't give you a home, they don't give you anything!” The protesters, who claimed to be members of Italy's “Pitchfork movement,” also demanded to be granted political asylum in the Holy See. The protesters' plot was foiled by … [Read more...]

It’s a Bird…. It’s a Plane…. It’s SUPER POPE!

Superpope

His fisted hand stretching toward the sky, his white cape blowing in the Roman winds, his black leather bag of values in his hand, SuperPope flies off through the streets of Rome, carrying his message of hope. Yesterday, it was the cover of Rolling Stone.  Today, Pope Francis has been depicted yet again--this time in graffiti on a wall along the Borgo Pio, near Castel Sant'Angelo.  In the street art, Pope Francis is depicted as a hero, cross swinging around his neck, with a simple black … [Read more...]