Artist sets out to bring Madonnas back to Rome

ROME (RNS) Even in Rome, a life-size Madonna on a wall is not a common sight — even more so if you leave the city's historic center for the drab concrete of the city's former industrial districts. But bringing sacred art back to Rome's run-down streets is exactly what one artist has set out to do. By Alessandro Speciale.

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury to meet

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will pray together in Rome on Saturday despite longstanding differences on women clergy and sexual morality. By Alessandro Speciale.

Vatican leaks scandal looms large at meeting to elevate new cardinals

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) It isn't anywhere on the official agenda, but as Roman Catholic leaders meet in Rome this weekend, looming in the background will be a recent string of Vatican leaks that reveal a bitter power struggle among the hierarchy. By Alessandro Speciale.