Milan is not a closed city, but it is a drastically slowed one, after a spike of cases in the region, raising anxiety about a broader slowdown.
Jason Horowitz“The plague,” she joked, standing next to a site built for plague sufferers and featured in Manzoni’s Italian masterpiece, “The Betrothed,” in which doctors and officials disastrously played down the catastrophic 1630 pandemic.
The decision is a victory for conservative forces who had warned that the change would be a slippery slope to the thrashing of church traditions.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis rejects a watermark proposal for the ordination of married men in remote areas, avoiding, for now, a potentially momentous change for the tradition of celibacy in the church.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis' big statement about the church in the Amazon has “a dance of dolphins, anacondas, trees and canoes” but no green light for married priests.
Is Francis' willingness to talk about once-taboo issues resulting in a papacy that is largely talk?
Two studies examined grim scenes left at a Roman settlement devastated by the 79 A.D. eruption.
Jason HorowitzToday in it could be worse comes from the study of bodies in Herculaneum's stone boathouses who were fleeing Vesuvius' ancient eruption.
"His brain...turned to glass as a result of the high heat from the pyroclastic flow, and the victim’s skull exploded."
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput who was appointed to the position by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, has long been known as a theological and political conservative, often at odds with Pope Francis.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis significantly shifted the ideological balance of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on Thursday by replacing one of the country’s most prominent conservative prelates as the archbishop of Philadelphia.
The famous pasta-making women of Bari, Italy, are worried that a crackdown on contraband orecchiette pasta could threaten their way of life.
Jason HorowitzThis Bari street is famous for its pasta-making grannies, but officials suspect it is also the scene of a crime that has prompted the orecchiette crackdown scare of 2019.
“Our first citizen told us not to say a word about this,” Ms. Caputo said.
Boasting a proud literary pedigree, Trieste is populated with statues. But none has provoked passions like that of Gabriele d’Annunzio, who inspired Fascism and briefly ruled his own state last century.
Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the popular anti-migrant leader Matteo Salvini may be out of power. But their sparring has come to dominate Italy’s political life.
Jason HorowitzPity the weak and wobbly Italian government. While its incompatible coalition partners pretend to tolerate one another, they are relegated to being nervous bystanders, and potential casualties, in the real fight for power: the Battle of the Two Matteos.
On Saturday, Francis will create 13 new cardinals who reflect his pastoral priorities. He will now have named more than half of those who will elect his successor.
Jason HorowitzThe longer Pope Francis lives, the more his pontificate matters.
While even Francis’ top advisors acknowledge he has faded from the global stage, Saturday’s elevation of new cardinals marks a tipping point in his effort to mold the church in his image.
Visits to Italy by Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, central figures in the impeachment inquiry consuming Washington, have raised questions about their trips’ purpose.
Jason HorowitzThe “ancestral homeland” in Italy that Mike Pompeo would visit Thursday barely had enough notice to prepare.
“It all happened so fast,” said Guido Angelilli, the mayor of Pacentro. "They asked us to keep a low profile.”
At least he could talk about it...