On the Cover: Ferragosto

In Syracuse, Sicily, Italy, a Madonna statue is carried on a back alley of Ortygia Island on Ferragosto (Assumption Day) to celebrate this mid-summer holiday.

The 15th of August is the day when Roman Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven; the day when Catholics believe Mary ascended to heaven “body and soul” after the end of her life on earth. However, it was a


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