September 3, 1991 |
In the name of God, American missionary priests and reclusive Italian nuns have fought one another for six years to win control of one of Rome's oldest churches. Anonymous phone calls and baroque bureaucratic manipulation became the battleground of a war that escalated at its most fevered into an ecclesiastical street brawl. Now, the bitter and embarrassing struggle between religious orders seems almost over. The Americans think they have won.
January 1, 1990 |
The mayor of this northern town says that Roman Catholic Church officials have sent him a bill for more than $20,000 for a series of special Masses celebrated since 1630. The church said the town requested the special Masses in the 17th Century when it was troubled by the plague. Mayor Giuliano Gaigher said Saturday that church authorities are now insisting on payment of 10,000 lire (about $9) for each of seven votive Masses celebrated each year since 1630.
June 18, 2000 |
The archbishop of Naples went on trial Saturday in a massive loan-sharking case, accused of appropriating a fortune in church funds. Cardinal Michele Giordano is the highest-ranking church official in Italy to stand criminal trial. At Saturday's hearing, charges against six of the 19 defendants were dismissed, including those against the cardinal's brother, Mario Lucio Giordano.
January 8, 1991 |
In 1537, a hawk-nosed Spanish soldier-turned-priest limped into the tumult of Renaissance Rome with a dream that would dramatically change the face of both the Eternal City and his church. As a soldier, Inigo Lopez de Loyola fought 11 years for the king of Spain. As a far-sighted cleric, he served the Pope, and he is remembered by history as St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.
April 7, 2001 |
Whenever Pope John Paul II lectures the faithful about respect for the environment, the right to life or anything else on his mind, a forest of transmitters on Rome's northern outskirts beams his words in 40 languages to Vatican Radio listeners around the world. Now it's the Vatican's turn to get lectured. Italian officials charge that those potent transmitters emit illegal levels of electromagnetic radiation, and neighborhood activists claim that they are killing children by causing leukemia.
April 24, 2005 |
As the shadows lengthened, a woman stepped to the lectern at the front of the vast modern basilica and led the sparse congregation in the "Hail Mary" prayer that precedes the evening Mass. Outside, half a dozen boys jogged onto the playing field behind the Church of San Giovanni Bosco and joined a pickup game of soccer. A couple of older boys lounged at makeshift tables drinking beer. A few girls in skimpy shorts and knee guards did volleyball drills.
September 7, 2002 |
Peter Mullan, the Scottish director, screenwriter and actor, is someone who doesn't shy away from controversy. So he knew that criticizing the Catholic Church in Italy, of all countries, would attract enormous attention. So it has turned out. Mullan has attended the 59th Venice International Film Festival, where his feature "The Magdalene Sisters," which he wrote and directed, was in competition.