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

Tradition Comes To Rome — On Film

PHOTOS BY: Rinascimento Sacro The Eternal City glows amber, gold and umber in October; it is perhaps the very best time of year to experience Rome. In recent years, the third week of October has seen an extraordinary gathering of Catholics from all over the world, there to experience the beauty of Tradition in a … Read more

Beauty That Can Save The World

His name is Giancarlo Polenghi and he is the Academic Director of the Sacred Art School in Florence, where he also teaches Theology and Aesthetics. The Sacred Art School was begun just three short years ago with the support of Florence’s Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, and today its students come from Italy, USA, Spain, Brazil, Chile, … Read more

‘Isn’t Chant Too Hard?’

And Other Outlandish Questions For the Monks of Norcia   FATHER BASIL NIXEN IS THE CHOIRMASTER of the Benedictines at Norcia, Italy. Their chant CD is now #1 Best-seller at Barnes &Noble in the US as well as debut #1 Classical Traditional on this week’s Billboard Chart, #1 Classical Amazon US and #1 Classical iTunes US. … Read more

How Catholics Got Their Chant Back

By Peter De Trolio III Once upon a time as a very young man, I heard Plain Chant. It was during the 1980s, that period of guitars and pop music erroneously and enthusiastically interjected into the liturgy. My revelation came due to the work of a Monk of St. Anselm´s Abbey in Washington, D.C. Dom … Read more

Love Affair in Florence

How an American Protestant Fell In Love with Sacred Art, the Faith and a  Beautiful Woman  in Europe’s Culture Capital Cody Swanson is 30 years old. Once upon a time he was an evangelical protestant living in Hawaii. How he came to teach sculpture at the Sacred Art School of Florence is a long, strange … Read more

Sacramental Sensibility

The Struggle To Bring Beauty Back To Catholic Churches Duncan G. Stroik is an American architect, Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and founding editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal. He has dedicated his life and practice to bringing classical beauty back to Catholic places of worship, and has … Read more

Behind Convent Walls

Designing for the New California Norbertines   THE ORDER OF CANONS REGULAR OF PRÉMONTRÉ, also known as the Premonstratensians, the Norbertines and, in Britain and Ireland, as the White Canons, were founded in Prémontré near Laon in 1120 by Saint Norbert. Abbey pictured here is La Lucerne Abbey (Manche). SAINT NORBERT WAS A FRIEND OF … Read more

Splendor in the City

Sacra Liturgia USA in New York City   KNIGHTS AND DAMES OF MALTA IN THEIR TRADITIONAL REGALIA ARRIVE FOR MASS at New York’s Sacra Liturgia Conference, June 1, 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Chessman)   “THE PURPOSE OF SACRA LITURGIA IS TO PROMOTE IN AN ACTIVE WAY THE LITURGICAL REFORM THAT IS SO SORELY NEEDED IN … Read more

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