Catholicism is very much part of the warp and weft of Italian life, as an inevitable social, cultural and political force that Italians take for granted. The deep and old cultural ties are made visible by the presence of more than 100,000 Catholic churches in the country. Catholicism still has a near religious monopoly in Italy. There is a small but ancient Jewish community in the heart of Rome and elsewhere, a growing Muslim immigrant population, and sizeable numbers of agnostics and atheists to challenge that religious monopoly, but the monopoly is still very real. Protestantism, and the spirit of the Protestant Reformation, never took root in Italy. Read more...
In the News
- The Befana Market, a beloved Roman tradition, is imperiled - New York Times - January 7, 2018
- Religious Rite Takes Hamlet Back in Time Every Seven Years - New York Times - September 10, 2017
- Italy Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions - New York Times - May 11, 2016
- Holy Cross show documents Italian nativity art - The Boston Globe - October 30, 2014