Eric J. Lyman| Religion News Service

Stories by Eric J. Lyman| Religion News Service
Italians question merits of Catholicism elective in public schools

ROME — For the first time in history, the entire class of one Italian high school opted out of an … Continued

Pope Francis ushers in a Latin American tourist boom

ROME — Italy’s capital is enjoying a boom in tourists from Latin America due at least in part to the … Continued

Record crowds expected for John Paul II, John XXIII canonizations

ROME — Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and … Continued

The Pope Francis effect: ‘Francesco’ now Italy’s most popular baby name

ROME — Moved by the election of Pope Francis seven months ago, the name “Francesco” has leapfrogged to No. 1 … Continued

Sistine Chapel pollution may lead to fewer visitors

ROME — The head of the Vatican Museums said Thursday (Oct. 17) that pollution levels inside the storied Sistine Chapel … Continued

Nazi funeral flap overshadows Jewish ceremony

ROME — The ongoing controversy over the funeral of an unrepentant Nazi captain overshadowed Wednesday’s ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary … Continued