Tag: Italy

Science, religion not opposing sides in humanity’s progress, cardinal says

Science, religion not opposing sides in humanity’s progress, cardinal says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although technology has made leaps and bounds over the past decades, the scientific community must not isolate itself in its own advancements and exclude religion from the search for ways to overcome today’s challenges, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

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Italy plans to stop requiring hospital stay for abortions using RU-486

Italy plans to stop requiring hospital stay for abortions using RU-486

| August 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

After the Italian health minister confirmed on Twitter plans to approve the administration of abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals outside of hospitals, Catholic commentators reacted with concern, especially for women who could be at home, cramping and bleeding.

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Italy: Controversial verdict may force legalization of assisted suicide

Italy: Controversial verdict may force legalization of assisted suicide

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The acquittal of two “right-to-die” activists who aided in the suicide of a person suffering from multiple sclerosis may force the Italian government to legalize assisted suicide in the country.

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Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.

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To stream or not: Italians debate online Masses when faithful can attend

To stream or not: Italians debate online Masses when faithful can attend

| Cindy Wooden | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Italian Catholics prepared to celebrate Pentecost, the second Sunday with Masses permitted with a limited number of faithful, bishops and priests were still debating whether to continue livestreaming Masses as well.

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Italian bishops demand plan for resuming public Masses

Italian bishops demand plan for resuming public Masses

| Cindy Wooden | April 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Italian bishops’ conference accused the government of adopting plans to ease the country’s COVID-19 lockdown rules in a way that “arbitrarily excludes the possibility of celebrating Mass with the people.”

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Photographing Palm Sunday where the pope usually celebrates funerals

Photographing Palm Sunday where the pope usually celebrates funerals

| Paul Haring | April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis celebrated a somber Palm Sunday Mass in a location he goes to most frequently for the funerals of deceased cardinals.

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Chinese diocese donates masks to Vatican, Italy, to help fight COVID-19

Chinese diocese donates masks to Vatican, Italy, to help fight COVID-19

| March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Catholic diocese in China’s Shaanxi province has donated thousands of face masks to communities in the Vatican and Italy to help them fight the coronavirus.

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Confession by phone: Priest says it could be right in some situations

Confession by phone: Priest says it could be right in some situations

| March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

If a priest is wearing a mask and standing 3 feet or 6 feet away from a penitent requesting the sacrament of reconciliation, is he really more present to a penitent he knows than he would be by telephone?

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U of M economics student to share his perspective this fall at pope’s conference

U of M economics student to share his perspective this fall at pope’s conference

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sergio Barrera is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Beyond his educational achievements, he will soon embark on the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Vatican closes St. Peter’s Square, Basilica to tourists through April 3

Vatican closes St. Peter’s Square, Basilica to tourists through April 3

| Carol Glatz | March 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

In cooperation with Italian emergency measures, the Vatican has closed St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to tourists starting March 10 through April 3.

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Public Masses suspended in Italy as coronavirus continues to spread

Public Masses suspended in Italy as coronavirus continues to spread

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The suspension of public Masses in Italy is a painful yet necessary measure to protect people’s health, the country’s bishops said.

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