Latest from Chico Harlan

Italy makes health pass mandatory for many leisure activities, in bid to pressure the unvaccinated

Facing the delta variant and a nascent surge in cases, the country is joining France in expanding the use of its health pass.
  • Jul 22, 2021

Pope Francis renews restrictions on old Latin Mass, reversing Benedict XVI

Francis spurred anger from church traditionalists and said he was acting “in defense of the unity of the Body of Christ.”
  • Jul 16, 2021

Italy to ban cruise ships from docking in Venice, starting Aug. 1

The decision, which applies to vessels weighing more than 25,000 tons, will definitively alter mass-scale tourism to the City of Canals.
  • Jul 13, 2021

A teen was accused of abuse inside Vatican City. Powerful church figures helped him become a priest.

The complaints about Gabriele Martinelli had been communicated to Pope Francis and a who’s who of cardinals and bishops.
  • Jul 12, 2021

Un adolescente era stato accusato di abusi in Vaticano. Ma poi è diventato sacerdote con l’aiuto di alti prelati.

Le segnalazioni sul conto di Gabriele Martinelli erano state inviate a Papa Francesco e a un élite di cardinali e vescovi.
  • Jul 12, 2021

Pope Francis makes first public appearance since surgery from hospital balcony

The pope appeared in good spirits but slightly weakened, his voice tired.
  • Jul 11, 2021

Pope Francis’s surgery adds urgency to questions about the remaining years of his papacy

He is expected to recover fully. But his hospital stay is a reminder that he is reaching a vulnerable age.
  • Jul 9, 2021

From Wuhan to Paris to Milan, the search for ‘patient zero’

Scientists hunt for clues to what happened in the weeks before the first known coronavirus patient, an accountant, fell ill in China.
  • Jul 7, 2021

Pope Francis responded well to colon surgery, Vatican says

The Vatican did not immediately provide a timetable for the pontiff’s recovery.
  • Jul 5, 2021

Vatican indicts 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal, over ‘reckless’ London investment scandal

Cardinal Angelo Becciu and others will stand trial beginning July 27 in connection with a losing investment in a London luxury property.
  • Jul 3, 2021