Diana Lucarino-Diekmann

Contributing writer

The Capuchins and Their Crypts

February 2024
What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be The Capuchins They were first known as “Friars Minor of the hermetic life,” then later called Capuchins, which comes from the Latin word cappuccio or capuche, for the hood the Friars...


Cults, Catacombs and Crypts

January 2024
L'articolo tratta di catacombe, tombe, delle cripte e del culto delle reliquie presenti ovunque in Italia. Descrive alcune catacombe e cripte esistenti fin dal Medioevo. Tombe e reliquie si trovano anche in Vaticano. Questi luoghi e ossari vari...


Altars

December 2023
The word altar comes from the Latin, altarium, meaning “high” and adolere, meaning “to ritually burn or sacrifice,” which suggests its original purpose was, as detailed in the Bible, sacrifice, adoration, and worship. For Catholics, the Son of God...


In-Church Altars

December 2023
L'articolo descrive i vari altari esistenti nelle diverse religioni. Ad esempio, i romani pagani usarono un altare chiamato lararium. Si trovano nelle case e hanno sempre una candela accesa. Fu un altare per il dio Lares. Gli altari cristiani...


Madonnelle

November 2023
Devotional imagery has long been a part of Roman tradition and placing a painting or statue of a deity at a crossroads, lare compita, was thought to protect passersby from demons that could come out at night.Madonnelle, or streets shrines, guard...


The Adventures of Pinocchio: Tragedy or Transformation

August 2023
L'articolo è un confronto tra la storia originale di Pinocchio scritta da Carlo Collodi nel 1883 con la versione realizzata dalla Disney nel 1940. Lo scrittore spiega che nella storia originale, ogni volta che Pinocchio era cattivo, aveva...


Adriana Trigiani at the IAMLA

June 2023
La scrittrice descrive la sua esperienza di volontariato all'Italian-American Museum di Los Angeles. L'evento è stato una conversazione con la famosa autrice italo-americana Adriana Trigiani. Trigiani ha scritto più di 20 libri (narrativi e...


In the Cucina with La Gazzetta: Zuppa di Ribollita

May 2023
In this column we share the cuisine and recipes of Italy and our Italian American communities. Each month we feature recipes curated from our research and those shared by LGI readers.Food and cooking are important aspects of our cultural identity...


More “Bitter Moments” with Caffè Corretto, Vermouth and Tiramisú

April 2023
Caffè corretto, literally “corrected coffee,” is an Italian caffeinated alcoholic drink, typically a shot of espresso with a small amount of spirit – usually a sweet grappa, a spicy dark or light sambuca, a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua, or a smoky...


Savor the Great Moments in a "Bitter" Life

March 2023
One of the great moments in life, for a typical Italian, is to share a passion with friends and family, happy as well as bitter. There are many great moments in my life that led to my love affair with Italian bitters.  Amaro literally means...


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