The plight of two small Catholic churches has been overshadowed by the impending closure of the landmark St. Anne’s Church and Shrine, slated to offer its last Mass on Nov. 25. On that same day, Holy Rosary Chapel, 120 Beattie St., and Holy Cross Chapel, 47 Pulaski St., will close their doors, as well. Parishioners of Holy Rosary are holding a brai...

Italian best-selling author Giuseppe Genna has been familiar with San Bernardino alle Ossa since his childhood. Inside the Milanese Baroque church, built in the second half of the 17th century, he was particularly impressed by the human bones – retrieved from an ancient nearby cemetery – used to decorate the niches, pillars, doors and frieze of a c...

Organizers of the local visit to the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina — Padre Pio — to Maui and Oahu this month have released more details of the tour including a parish veneration schedule. Six relics, which have been touring the United States since last year, will be at Holy Rosary Church in Paia on Nov. 8 and at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lad...

The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 392 will present its 2018 Mother Cabrini Award to Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza on Nov. 11. The award is bestowed each year upon a couple who represents the Italian values of community, family and faith. (773-763-0507) The organization submitted the following profiles: Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza Rocco was born in...

Tuesday evening, my confratelliand I broke bread at Song’ e Napule restaurant (146 W Houston St.) in celebration of the Feast of San Gerardo Maiella. Burning the candle at both ends of late, sharing a few laughs with good friends over an enjoyable meal while venerating our glorious patron was a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of our...

The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will host its annual Chapel in the Meadow worship service and picnic on Sunday. The presentation of the colors and Mass will start at 11 a.m. at the chapel, which is located at 3008 Old Hospital Road, Edinburgh. A picnic will follow. Organizers will provide a main pasta dish, as well as water, plates, napkins...

“San Miniato is halfway between Pisa and Florence,” says Anna Dottori, our walking guide. “The emperor built the tower here so the other towns would recognise his power and authority. At night, you can see the lights of Pisa, Lucca and Florence.” We’re standing at a panoramic point, in the town of San Miniato in Tuscany, hearing about ancient po...

Il traffico newyorkese si «inchina» alla fede per la Madonna di Pompei che «sfila» per le strade americane. New York, in questi giorni, è in festa per la Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. L’icona in processione per le strade americane è seguita da migliaia di fedeli italo-americani, pellegrini della «Regina» del Rosario del Santuario di New York...

Trinity Episcopal Church on Ford Avenue was without a rector for 16 months, but the church's long wait for a pastor has ended with the arrival of the Rev. David Carletta, who took over the duties earlier this month. His first Sunday as rector was Oct. 6. Carletta, 51, a Rochester, New York, native, was most recently the associate rector at an Epis...

Escaping agricultural and economic depression, thousands of Irish immigrants fled their homeland in the mid-19th century — many of whom would come to settle in South Philly. As strangers, they sought a sanctuary where they could foster culture, community, and, of course, Catholicism. Under the authority of Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick of Philadel...