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  • 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.
  • The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has decided to create a new grant in order to support the ongoing “Save the Saint” restoration process, which aims to restore the Duomo of Milan and its 135 spires, including the one featuring Saint Francesca Cabrini, the first ever American citizen to be officially made a Saint by the Catholic Church. As a naturalized US citizen, the figure of Mother Cabrini is very significant to all Italian Americans.
  • On his second anniversary in the papacy, Pope Francis made the surprise announcement that a new Holy Year is set to commence on December 8 of this year. This Holy Year will be only 15 years since the last one in 2000.
  • A small collection of conservative Roman Catholic Bishops are making it difficult for nuns and other Catholic women to do the work they have been called to do. The disarray in the Vatican is another example of how things go wrong when women are left out of the picture, not to mention the hierarchy.