When in Rome, Sea Gulls Do as They Please

In her fourth-floor apartment in central Rome, Emanuela Tripi awoke at dawn to the terrifying sounds of a home invasion. She crept into her kitchen and spotted the culprit — long white neck, red-rimmed eyes, yellow-webbed feet — stabbing its beak into a garbage bag. Growing up in Sicily, Ms. Tripi always had a romantic […]

Defending Pope Francis, Allies Help Make a Critic’s Case

ROME — Retaliating against a remarkable campaign from within the church to force the ouster of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s former spokesman issued a statement on Sunday night questioning the credibility of an archbishop who has accused Francis of covering up sexual misconduct. But in seeking to defend the pope against the latest allegations, which […]