Bishop John Keenan: ‘The undoubted faith revival brought about in the midst of the pandemic is God’s doing.’
By K.V. Turley
Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe.
A radiocarbon dating study conducted by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics in Florence dated the 8-foot wooden crucifix to between 770 to 880 AD.
The Vatican’s apostolic archives reopened to researchers in June after a nearly three-month closure because of the pandemic.
Italy’s lockdown beginning in early March has impacted scholars’ inquiry into the contested wartime record of Venerable Pius XII, whose archives opened to researchers on March 2 by order of Pope Francis.
Ireland received its lowest rating ever by the U.S. State Department for its efforts to combat human trafficking, in the agency’s annual trafficking report released on Thursday.
The 2020 Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) report listed Ireland on the “Tier 2 Watch List” of countries, just one step above the department’s Tier 3 rating reserved for countries with worst records in fighting human trafficking.