Pope Francis’ Taste For Wine: It’s In His Roots


Pope Francis visits a favela in Brazil during the World Youth Day 2013 (credits: Tânia Rêgo/ABr - Agência Brasil. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 br via Wikimedia Commons)

Pius II had a predilection for milk. Benedict XVI drank orange Fanta. And Pope Francis? While Francis is known for drinking mate, an Argentinian tea, it seems that the current Pope’s palate is a bit more refined. Pope Francis – or Jorge Mario Bergoglio – is also a wine aficionado. The taste for wine runs in the family. His grandfather was a...

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Move Over Santa…Here’s What You Need for a Real Italian Christmas!


Panettone slices on a white plate with Christmas red background

Panettone is the traditional Italian Christmas cake. Stroll down a street in Italy during the month of December and you will see a few things that are familiar to American Christmas: select stores will be dotted with wreaths, strings of lights may be strung across strade, and the occasional Santa Claus peeks out of the window. For anyone used...

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