She became the face of Italy’s earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.
CHR Comment: The story of Sister Marjana Lleshi’s experience during the earthquake and the destruction of the convent where she was staying.
Source: Nun in iconic Italy quake photo texted friends ‘adieu’ – The Washington Post
Police said Monday they had seized 3,500 fake Vatican parchments that were being sold to unsuspecting pilgrims taking part in Pope Francis’ Holy Year celebrations.
CHR Comment: The counterfeit parchments commemorate pilgrimages to Rome and personal blessings. They would be worth $76,000 U.S. The Vatican sells its parchments as fund raising for charity. They have decided not to outsource the production of such parchments in the future.
Source: Italy seizes 3,500 fake ‘Apostolic Blessings’ in Rome – The Washington Post
Renowned Italian chocolatiers have taken on the challenge to create a 220 pound chocolate crèche for a charity procession taking place in Genoa.
CHR Comment: Many Italians take their food and their faith seriously, but with a smile! The video shows the chocolatiers creating this beautiful nativity to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Merry Christmas indeed.
Source: Chocolatiers Work on a 220 Pound Chocolate Nativity Scene – NBC News
The ISIS-inspired attack thwarted Tuesday was not the first time Pope Francis has been targeted by extremists.
CHR Comment: Four men from Kosovo were arrested for planning an attack. There were also statements from ISIS that the Vatican would be attacked.
Source: Pope Francis-Islamic State Plot: Four Arrested In Italy For Planning ISIS Attack On Pontiff Following Paris Terrorism
Travel expert Rick Steves describes the traditions of Christians in Cantiano, Italy in this photo-rich essay. Easter in Small-Town Italy Is a Passionate Affair | Rick Steves.