Italy

Steven Spielberg movie to examine notorious Catholic kidnapping of Jewish boy

It was a heart-wrenching story that bitterly divided Catholics and Jews in Italy and provoked an international scandal more than 150 years ago.

Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish boy from Bologna, was secretly baptized by a maid when he fell ill and then forcibly removed from his family in 1858 at age 6 and raised as a Catholic with the blessing of Pope Pius IX.

Italian prisoners honor Pope Francis with flash mob dance

Prison Flash Mob: Dozens of prisoners staged a "flash mob" inside an Italian men’s prison to celebrate Pope Francis’ calls for prison reform and greater tolerance and acceptance of the world’s migrants. Around 70 inmates from diverse faiths and ethnic backgrounds danced a Zumba routine titled “Pope is Pop” on Dec. 1 at the low-security district prison in the northern city of Ferrara.

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