The ability to access Rome's catacombs with Google has created controversy for what some say the catacombs hold.
Early Christian burial sites are now easier to see thanks to 21st-century technology and collaboration between Google and the Vatican.
Despite the Vatican's tacit consent, former American envoys object to plans to move the embassy onto the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.
We say: If Pope Francis wants to sustain Catholics' interest and excitement, the time is fast approaching when he must deliver something tangible.
The Vatican on Friday downplayed reported mob threats against Pope Francis, just two days after a high-profile anti-mafia prosecutor said Francis could be a target from the 'Ndrangheta mafia organization in southern Italy.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, told reporters Friday that the Vatican was "extremely calm" regarding a possible mob threat against the pope.
"There is absolutely no reason for concern, no need to feed alarmism," Lombardi said.
The Vatican on Friday (Nov. 15) downplayed reported mob threats against Pope Francis, just two days after a high-profile anti-mafia prosecutor said Francis could be a target from the ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization in southern Italy.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, told reporters on Friday (Nov. 15) that the Vatican was “extremely calm” regarding a possible mob threat against the pope.
“There is absolutely no reason for concern, no need to feed alarmism,” Lombardi said.
Organizing an effort to listen "as widely as possible" to Catholics views on various issues takes time and dedication, as previous synods show.
While U.S. bishops consider how best to collect information ahead of a 2014 global meeting on family issues, several lay Catholic groups took the task into their own hands.
Italy's Center for Studies on New Religions reported Sunday that around half of the 250 priests it surveyed reported a significant rise in church attendance since Pope Francis' election.
The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus' 12 apostles, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, Nov. 24.