La Serenissima and Her Patriarch

By Laura Giombini Photos by Harry Stevens ST MARK’S IN VENICE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SQUARES IN ITALY — known for its ancient Basilica visited every day by thousands of people from all over the world. THE BASILICA IS FILLED WITH ART, with the best known the Golden Pall (in Italian, Pala d’Oro), … Read more

The View From the City

By Losana Boyd PHOTOS: Losana Boyd and Beverly De Soto Stevens In the Fall 2014, his Eminence Guiseppe Cardinal Betori of Florence designated the Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano as a parish church of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, giving the Institute the opportunity to staff the parish with a full-time … Read more

Sicilian Catholic

By Giacomo Alessandro PHOTOS BY: Harry Stevens, Giacomo Alessandro I WAS BORN IN THE PROVINCE OF PALERMO, SICILY IN THE 1970S.  However, from a young age I lived in Ethiopia, due to my father’s work, then went to a Jesuit University in the US and subsequently lived in Mexico and Brazil . When I was … Read more

Three Italian Ladies

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By Donna Sue Berry What is the origin of Italians’ deep traditional reverence for their women saints? This question came to the attention of the English-speaking world after the ‘Grand Tours’ when many aristocratic travelers visited Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries. Faced with stupendous Christian art depicting Saints Agatha, Lucy, and Agnes, these … Read more

The Making of a Catholic Painter

From Japanese Agnostic to Believer There are unlikelier converts, but not many. REGINA interviewed Osamu Tanimoto, the son of a Japanese electrical engineer who discovered the Faith while studying classical Renaissance painting in Florence – and became part of a global movement of artists now discovering Catholicism anew. REGINA: Osamu, tell us about your life … Read more

Is the Faith Dead in Italy?

Ever since the fall of Roman Empire and through centuries of invasions, wars, political corruption and violence, ordinary Italians have taken refuge in the twin bulwarks of their society: family and faith. Today, both are seriously endangered, and in June of this year, hundreds of thousands of Italians reacted by protesting in Rome against their … Read more

The View from an Italian Village Priest

By Don Francesco Ramella I am 31 years old and I have been priest for six years. I was born in Genoa, Italy, to a Catholic family. Nowadays, I am vicar for the Parish of San Matteo in Laigueglia (a small town in the province of Liguria) and I also teach Dogmatic Theology at the … Read more

Sacred Beauty

Florentine Altars of Repose In 1988 the Holy See published Paschales Solemnitatis, a “Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts” which directs how parishes and religious Orders should prepare for the Triduum. The faithful are encouraged to visit seven churches on the night of Holy Thursday after the Mass of the … Read more