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Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 05:04 pm .- A researcher at Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity.
The Byzantine Empire, also called Byzantium, was the eastern half of the Roman Empire, based at Constantinople that continued on after the western half of the empire collapsed.
People walk by a giant christmas ball displayed in Nice, southeastern France, on December 4, 2013.
Stand within the Colosseum's massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd.
Fewer journalists have been killed and imprisoned in 2013 but it is still the second worst year on record for reporters in prison, a US-based watchdog says.
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist" who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions.
Every year, Italians the world over celebrate La Vigilia de Natale, or the Labor of Mary, with a bereaved act of abstention: in honor of the birth of Christ, neo-Romans fast the day away, and, in one final tithe, opt away from red meat for the evening, instead gorging themselves on fish as only Italians can, channelling not only the holy ghost but ... (more)
In a tweet this morning, Arcade Fire revealed a week of European dates that includes a headlining spot at Glastonbury, the grandaddy of British music fests, on 6/27.
Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2013 / 11:33 am .- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14. Each practical gift package consisted of a small envelope containing a Christmas card signed by Pope Francis, postal stamps, a pre-paid international calling card, and a free ... (more)
ROME, ITALY, December 15 .- The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling on the faithful to reach out to Muslims in order to foster a common understanding of religious liberty and cooperation in supporting it.
Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2013 / 02:02 am .- The Catholic Church must reach out to Catholics who are divorced and remarried to let them know they are welcome even if they cannot receive the sacraments, several theologians have noted.
Souvenir religious statues, depicting the Virgin Mary and the Swiss Guard, are displayed for sale on February 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
ROME, ITALY, December 12 .- Several hundred yards from the heart of the ancient forum, devotees are gathering in the run-down Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere today where one of the first copies of the Virgin of Guadalupe is on display.