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  • Rumors have been circulating that the Catholic Church has decided to disregard the health of some of its parishioners. The subject of this chatter concerns those who have Celiac Disease or other types of gluten sensitivities. However, the Catholic Church is not inadvertently prohibiting its members with Celiac Disease from receiving communion. In fact, the Church even offers a couple of substitute options for those who are not able to consume gluten.
  • Two of the West’s most influential leaders, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, set aside their differences for a private 30-minute meeting on international affairs and the promotion of peace.
  • Events: Reports
    (April 17, 2016)
    A great new season of hope with Pope Francis. Book launch at Columbia University - Italian Academy on April 21 at 7 pm. The apostolic nuncio to UN, Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Italian minister of Environment, Hon. Gian Luca Galletti, and the director of the Earth Institute, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs , will discuss about it with a special focus on Francis's effort for the climate change deal. The co-author of "the American Pope", Dr. Paolo Messa (Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome), will be present.
  • After the two synods on the family convened in October 2014 and 2015, the publication of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, or “The Joy of Love,” had raised hopes and concerns before he’d even written it.
  • Life & People
    Juidith Harris(March 23, 2016)
    This Easter Holy Week is marked by sorrow for the deaths in Spain of young students, including seven Italian girls, in a tragic bus accident, and by the wanton terrorist violence in Brussels. But the ancient traditions continue with, first and foremost, religious celebrations that honor the past but also reflect changing times. And after Easter comes the fun of "Pasquetta."
  • Art & Culture
    Martha Ciampi(January 07, 2016)
    Back in 1992 Rome-based correspondent David Willey published his book God’s Politician, reflecting his 50 trips worldwide with Pope John Paul II. Another of his books, Italians, was the result of his 10-part BBC series on fascinating individuals from all over Italy. Now his latest book, "The Promise of Francis, about Pope Francis", has just been published by Simon & Schuster. Here is our exclusive interview with David Willey about his experience of covering the Vatican for the BBC for forty years.