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On 21 May 1972, Michelangelo's Pieta, exhibited to the public in St. Peter's Basilica, was attacked by a hammer-wielding tourist who had managed to elude the sanctuary's guards. Hungarian-born Australian geologist Laszlo Toth, who suffered from sever mental problems, threw himself at the sculpture shouting, “I am J...read more
Articles from section "History"
The Roman Colosseum is the 39th most visited monument in the world. Four million visitors a year enjoy tales of blood and gore, but this spring the monument has taken on a new guise. A new …read more
Last Sunday Pope Francis took possession of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the third of the four papal basilicas. ZENIT spoke with the former archpriest of the basilica, about …read more
This year again on Good Friday, the Colosseum was the magnificent framework of the Via Crucis, presided over by Pope Francis. But was the Flavius amphitheater a place of persecutions and …read more
After St. Peter's Basilica closed this evening, Francis visited the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II, on the eighth anniversary of his death. The Pope was accompanied by Cardinal Comastri, …read more
Those participating in this week's Lenten station church pilgrimage would have visited the basilica of Sant'Apollinare, an ancient Roman church with ties to the Jesuit order. Pope Francis, …read more