Religion

Religion in Italy
Monday, December 01TH, 2014 by
Pope Francis, the new face of the Catholic Church (by neneosan at www.depositphotos.com)   Italians and Catholicism   The relationship between Italians and religion is very special, indeed.We have been a bunch of spiritual people since before the Romans.   Italy...
Saintly Relics of Italy II
Thursday, October 30TH, 2014 by
Don't forget to read Part I of this article to learn more about the Saints!   Saint Anthony of Padua   Saint Anthony of Padua   Saint Anthony,  simply known as Il Santo in Padua is one of the most popular Christian saints of all time. Anthony was born in Lisbon,...
Saintly Relics of Italy
Thursday, October 30TH, 2014 by
  Let's continue our series of articles dedicated to the spooky and the deadly, in occasion of Halloween. After an overview of this feast in Italy, some gruesome info about torture practices and places and burial habits in the country and a look at our very own spookish Fall...
Death in Italy
Monday, October 20TH, 2014 by
Death and Mourning in Italy: a View of the Monumental Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, from  the Early 1900s (wikimedia.org)   Italians celebrate life with verve but how do they deal with death? Is it in the same practical, but lively manner? When I visited the cemetery in Belgirate,...
Cult of the Dead and Burial Methods in the History of Italy
Friday, October 17TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
  The months of October and November are peculiar: Summer is, in most of the country, a distant memory, yet, the light and brightness brought by winter snow still have to come. These are weeks characterized by the first, true cold of the season, the early setting of darkness, the scents – if you...
Two Religious Feasts in November: All Saints and All Souls Day in Italy
Wednesday, October 12TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
  November is inaugurated by two important religious feasts in Italy: All Saints Day and All Souls Day, November 1st and 2nd, respectively. These are very important days in the Catholic tradition and their roots can be found deep in its past.   All Saints Day (November 1st) in Italy   All Saints...
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast
Wednesday, September 28TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast   If you go to Naples on September 19th you will find a huge crowd of people celebrating the day of San Gennaro, a bishop and a martyr from Pozzuoli, canonized by the Catholic Church. This day is extremely important to Neapolitans...
Preparation for Pilgrimage
Monday, February 23TH, 2009 by
Create your own pilgrimage adventure! Increasing numbers of seekers are taking off on pilgrimage to quench a spiritual thirst. That is why James and Colleen Heater from Nevada City, California wrote The Pilgrim’s France and The Pilgrim’s Italy, as an answer to their own quest when searching for...
Religious Tourist Books
Monday, February 23TH, 2009 by
Nevada City, California, — The Pilgrim’s Italy: A Travel Guide to the Saints by James and Colleen Heater has been revised and updated. Published by Inner Travel Books, this second edition provides pilgrims with vital information for visiting profound pilgrimage sites in Italy, meditating on the...
Religions of Italy
Wednesday, December 17TH, 2008 by
  Before Christianity gained a firm grip on the people of Italy, ancient Romans worshipped a series of gods and goddesses. There were so many gods and goddesses that each one had a particular role in governing various areas of worshippers' lives. For example, the goddess Juno was believed to...

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