Trinna Leong

To Italy and back in under 90 seconds

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Trinna Leong captures the Religio staff’s most memorable experiences from day 1 at the baggage claim in Rome’s airport to the farewell dinner on our last night, in a short, but poignant, video.

An order that educates

The chapel inside Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico. | Photo by Teresa Mahoney.

There are over 50 educational institutions worldwide affiliated with Opus Dei, a 20th-Century Catholic lay organization founded by Josemaria Escriva. Though the group has a storied history of involvement with education, the affiliated institutions are surprisingly independent.

Street art in the capital of Campania

Vespas parked in front of a mural on the wall of a shuttered shop. | Photo by Trinna Leong

A stark contrast to Rome, Napoli — as the Italians call it — is littered with garbage and graffiti. Though trash and pickpockets are everywhere, the city’s complicated history has created a unique façade for travelers to visit. Here is a collection of various photographs of graffiti in Naples, culled from the Religio staff.

Cured by Padre Pio

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Agnes Reyes and Maria Persichetti are just two of the many pilgrims who travel to San Giovanni Rotondo every year come to ask Padre Pio to have their ailments be cured with a blessing or miracle.

From flocks to Foucault: March 13, 2012

Bishop Siluan Span

After a class visit to the Romanian Orthodox Church in the outskirts of Rome, the group — though splintered by growing reporting-related anxieties — proceeded to an audience with Cardinal James Stafford at Sante Croce University, and another night of pasta.

Renewal of faith in the Eucharist

Pope Benedict XVI during a papal audience at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. | Photo by Trinna Leong.

Opus Dei members believe in following strictly the guidelines of faith — that includes gaining deeper understanding of the importance of the Eucharist and mass. A retreat session for its members serves as gentle reminders and reinforces their beliefs in Catholicism.

Genuflecting to the Blessed Sacrament

Opus Dei

Genuflection, an act of devotion by touching one knee to the ground is symbolized in the Catholic Church as a mark of respect in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. These days, however, it is uncommon to find most practitioners genuflecting in churches. At most, churchgoers cross themselves upon entry into their place of worship.

Belief on Bedford Avenue

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In the changing Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, one church holds its own as the bedrock for its congregants – young and old.