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The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

Fatebenefratelli is the popular term used for the monks belonging to the Hospital Order of St. John of God. The name comes from the Italian phrase: “Do good to yourselves, brothers, for love of God” with which St John of God, founder of the order, […]

How to use an oil lamp completely safely: 5 tips

How to use an oil lamp completely safely: 5 tips

The use of oil lamps is very old. It dates back to Greek civilisation, and is also documented in the Mediterranean regions by the Phoenicians or the Romans, already many centuries before the birth of Christ. In ancient times, oil lamps were simple flat containers […]

The symbology of the orthodox cross

The symbology of the orthodox cross

The Orthodox cross is a particular version of the cross, characterised by some symbolic elements that make it unique to its kind. It is divided into a vertical line crossed by three diagonal bars. In a stylised way, these bars represent the crucifixion of Jesus: […]

The colours of the Catholic liturgy and their meaning

The colours of the Catholic liturgy and their meaning

The liturgical vestments of Catholic priests during religious celebrations and the many sacred vestments used by them, differs according to a range of colours that have a precise symbolic meaning. The colours of liturgical vestments, such as the cope, chasuble, dalmatic and the stole, refer […]

The great master of spirituality, St. Francis de Sales

The great master of spirituality, St. Francis de Sales

The Patron Saint of Journalists, an eminent figure of the Counter Reformation and the French Catholic mystic, St. Francis de Sales was an authoritative doctor of the Church, but a man of his time first. Born in 1567 and raised in a family of ancient […]

The cassock in the Catholic Church

The cassock in the Catholic Church

Religious clothes have always been considered a sort of ‘uniform’ requested to priests to differentiate themselves from the common people. This is because since the origins of religion, there was the need to identify members of their communities even based on specific clothing. In particular, […]

The importance of the tabernacle in the Catholic Church

The importance of the tabernacle in the Catholic Church

The tabernacle is the place of the church that holds the ciborium containing the Eucharist. This makes the tabernacle the heart and the cornerstone of each church; it is the reference of those who come to pray and worship the body of Christ even outside […]

St. Agnes: story of a virgin and martyr

St. Agnes: story of a virgin and martyr

St. Agnes is the patron of virgins, fiancées and girls of marriageable age. Inevitably, if we think of her history, it is as tragic as it is poignant. She was a young girl belonging to one of the most powerful aristocratic families of Rome, who, […]

The cult of Mary Help of Christians

The cult of Mary Help of Christians

Mary has always been seen as the ideal mediator between God and men, the one who, by her very nature, can take to the ears of our Heavenly Father the pain, afflictions, prayers of his children. With the name of Mary Help of Christians, from […]

Russian painted eggs: symbol of the Resurrection of Christ

Russian painted eggs: symbol of the Resurrection of Christ

The egg is always, in every culture, a symbol of life. The tradition of giving real eggs painted or made of various materials, is both religious and secular in all countries. It has origins in paganism: the egg as a symbol of rebirth and fertility, […]

Religious marble statues in Christian tradition

Religious marble statues in Christian tradition

The production of religious marble statues belongs to the artistic tradition of Christianity dating back to the antiquity. Particularly in Italy, the influence of firstly Greek then Roman sculpture decisively influenced the evolution of religious art. The models and the classical pagan and Roman sculpture […]

Immaculate Virgin Mary as a symbol of the Redemption

Immaculate Virgin Mary as a symbol of the Redemption

The immaculate Mary is a definition of the Virgin Mary that highlights her lack of original sin from birth. Namely, the immaculate Virgin Mary was born without original sin, contrary to what the Church states for all other human beings. Her conception was normal, like […]