As a treasury of art and archeology, Italy tops UNESCO's World Heritage listing, with 49 officially recognized sites. Such riches make the country especially tempting for looters.
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While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic church's first double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don't make it to Rome.
City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St. Peter's Square on April 27.
Let's be clear: April Fools' Day is not a religious holiday. It does, however, trace its origins to a pope.
Review: Darren Aronofsky has done his Bible-storytelling homework for his epic "Noah," in which sin is alive and well.
A team of nearly a dozen restorers are bringing back the original splendor of the sanctuary that houses the Holy Stairs.
Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years.
Russell Crowe, who plays the title character in the new Hollywood blockbuster "Noah," lobbied hard for a personal audience with Pope Francis. What he got Wednesday instead was a blessing.
Crowe used social media in recent weeks to try to cajole Francis to watch "Noah," which has drawn fire from religious groups that say the film takes too many liberties with the biblical story of Noah's Ark and the great flood. Crowe also asked for a private audience with the pontiff.
The upcoming Russell Crowe film "Noah" is stirring concern as it touches on a beloved Bible story dear to people of several faiths.
This is not your parents' Lent. That's pretty clear when smartphone alarms ring at mealtimes on Fridays along with text messages from the "meat police"
A compelling blend of interviews, footage of talks at gatherings and interaction with people on retreat intertwine to show the life of Fr. Thomas Keating.