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April 16, 2018 2:52 am gmt |
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On Sunday (April 15) Pope Francis comforted a child who lost his father during a visit to a poor district of Rome, saying God has a “dad’s heart”. During a meeting Francis answered questions from children and one of them, Emanuele, was too shy to speak at the microphone so the ponti...
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June 20, 2016 12:08 pm gmt |
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Demonstrators gathered at the Colosseum on Sunday (June 19) to send a chain of love to Britain ahead of next week’s referendum on whether to leave the European Union. They also hoped to break the world record for a chain of kisses. Organized by the non-governmental organization ‘AvaazR...
In Europe
June 13, 2016 12:27 pm gmt |
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Pope Francis on Monday (June 13) visited the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome and called for an end of the “naturalisation” of hunger. Addressing hundreds of members of staff, the pope said hunger was one of the major threats to peace in the world and ...
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June 3, 2016 11:53 am gmt |
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Pope Francis on Friday (June 3) morning concluded a Jubilee for Priests gathering with a solemn Mass in the Vatican. St. Peter’s Square was brimming with priests and seminarians from around the world who were cloaked and robed for the event. The priests and seminarians have taken part in a thre...
In Europe
May 27, 2016 7:34 am gmt |
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Pope Francis on Thursday (May 26) presided over a late evening Mass and a traditional one kilometre-long procession through the streets of Rome. Like last year, the pope, who is known to suffer from sciatica, or leg pain caused by a pinched nerve, did not walk in the procession. The procession of ove...
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March 6, 2016 7:16 am gmt |
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Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has promised to help lower suicide rates among people who were abused by Catholic priests as children. Cardinal Pell met privately with a group of survivors who flew to Rome to watch him testify to an Australian Royal Commission into child abuse. The cardinal ga...
In Europe
January 31, 2016 5:52 am gmt |
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Tens of thousands of Italians staged a mass rally in Rome’s Circus Maximus on Saturday (January 30) to urge the government to drop legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights. The much-contested bill was presented to parliament earlier in the week an...
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January 27, 2016 4:54 am gmt |
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Italian hospitality for the visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stretched to covering up nude statues. Mr Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke at Rome’s Capitoline Museum after Italian firms signed business deals with Iran. But several nudes there were hidden to avoid...
In Europe
December 4, 2015 11:09 am gmt |
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The Vatican and Rome are making final preparations this week for the start of a Holy Year, one of the most significant events in the Roman Catholic calendar. Millions of pilgrims are expected during the 12-month period, when Catholics coming to the Eternal City can gain indulgences, which, they belie...
In Africa
December 1, 2015 9:42 am gmt |
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Pope Francis spoke about his emotional trip to Africa on Monday (November 30) as he returned to Rome after his visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. “I had to think for a moment. The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate even with an empty stomach. For me Africa was a sur...
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September 16, 2015 8:27 am gmt |
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 Five cities were officially named on Wednesday as candidates to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, with Los Angeles aiming to land their third Games and Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest battling to bring the multi-sport extravaganza back to Europe. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will...
In Europe
May 7, 2015 6:45 am gmt |
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Rome’s main airport was closed on Thursday (May 7) after a fire broke out in a baggage storage area but there were no serious injuries, officials said. The airport would remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.  The fire broke out shortly after midnight (2200 GMT) in an underground bag...