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United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

United States – On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the Holy See of Rome. I appreciate his steadfast leadership to promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and human rights around the world. While the U.S.-Vatican friendship dates back … Continue reading United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Vatican has announced it will soon issue a child protection policy and guidelines for preventing sexual abuse of minors for Vatican City State. The Associated Press reported last year that Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope vows to confront predators, end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 11 a.m. Pope Francis has concluded his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize victims of … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope vows to confront predators, end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” Francis delivered his remarks at the end of Mass before 190 … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

MILAN | Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion’s ‘longest love story’

MILAN (AP) — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house’s creative director for 54 years. The fashion house said in notes for its Milan Fashion Week show that the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection “is the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld, representing a lifetime of … Continue reading MILAN | Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion’s ‘longest love story’

ROME | Gucci follows Prada, pulls blackface items after complaints

ROME (AP) — Gucci has apologized for a wool sweater that resembled a “blackface” and said the item had been pulled from its online and physical stores, the latest case of an Italian fashion house having to apologize for cultural or racial insensitivity. In a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Gucci said it was … Continue reading ROME | Gucci follows Prada, pulls blackface items after complaints

ROME | Rome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fans

ROME — An accident involving an escalator in the Rome metropolitan system has injured about 20 people, mostly Russian soccer fans. A video on Sky TG24 shows the escalator accelerating suddenly Tuesday evening, and the people riding down on it collapsing one onto another. The dramatic footage shows people on the parallel escalator trying to … Continue reading ROME | Rome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fans

ROME | Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

ROME — Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations. The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery school or kindergarten. The certification requirement was supposed to have kicked in before … Continue reading ROME | Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

ROME | Mexican director Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ wins top prize at Venice

ROME  — “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate, black-and-white portrait of the women who raised him in Mexico City‘s turbulent 1970s, has won the top prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival. Cuaron accepted the Leone d’Oro on Saturday, which he said was the birthday of the woman who inspired the lead character Cleo, a young domestic … Continue reading ROME | Mexican director Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ wins top prize at Venice

ROME | Florence bans eating on sidewalks, doorsteps at meal times

ROME — The tourist magnet of Florence is cracking down on visitors who eat on sidewalks, doorsteps or driveways during lunch or dinner time. Mayor Dario Nardella has said that a new ordinance, calling for fines up to 500 euros ($575), aims to combat “boorish tourists.” The ordinance, which went into effect this week, applies … Continue reading ROME | Florence bans eating on sidewalks, doorsteps at meal times

ROME | Italian minister meets Hungary premier, vows historic change

ROME  — Hungary and Italy are vowing to work together for an “historic change” in the way Europe deals with migration, security and other issues. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Tuesday with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Milan, as several hundred people protested their hard-line policies. Salvini said they were working to create … Continue reading ROME | Italian minister meets Hungary premier, vows historic change

ROME | 10 days after rescue, Italy lets all migrants leave a ship

ROME — Ten days after they were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has allowed all the migrants stuck on an Italian coast guard ship to disembark. Early Sunday, 137 migrants left the Diciotti, stepping onto the dock at Catania, Sicily, where police photographed them for ID checks, a requirement for asylum-seekers. Italy’s populist government … Continue reading ROME | 10 days after rescue, Italy lets all migrants leave a ship

DUBLIN | The Latest: Plane carrying pope touches down in Ireland

DUBLIN — The Latest on Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Pope Francis has arrived in Ireland for the first papal visit to the country in almost four decades. A plane carrying Francis and his entourage landed at Dublin International Airport on Saturday after a two-hour flight from Rome. Hundreds of … Continue reading DUBLIN | The Latest: Plane carrying pope touches down in Ireland

ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

ROME — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister. … Continue reading ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

ROME | The Latest: Bridge collapse witness tells of truck’s escape

ROME — The Latest developments following the deadly collapse of a highway bridge in Italy (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A witness of the deadly Genoa highway bridge collapse has provided a dramatic account to Italian television SKY TG24, including a description of how a green truck stopped just short of the abyss. A driver … Continue reading ROME | The Latest: Bridge collapse witness tells of truck’s escape

ROME | Death toll rises to 35 in Italy bridge collapse; 3 missing

ROME  — Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing. Rescuers searched through tons of concrete slabs and steel for survivors or bodies from the collapse a day earlier on … Continue reading ROME | Death toll rises to 35 in Italy bridge collapse; 3 missing

ROME | Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

ROME — A European aid group says migrants are telling rescuers that several ships passed them by in the Mediterranean Sea without helping. SOS Mediterranee says Sunday that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be unwilling to do rescues “due to the high … Continue reading ROME | Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

ROME | Pope to youth: Dream, don’t let fear make you pessimistic

ROME — Pope Francis has told Italian Catholic youths in Rome to pursue their dreams despite job market worries. Tens of thousands of young people filled Rome’s ancient Circus Maximus on Saturday evening to hear Francis advise them to ignore adults who warn against certain professions, saying they are not in demand. Many walked for … Continue reading ROME | Pope to youth: Dream, don’t let fear make you pessimistic

ROME | Farmworkers protest treatment in Italy after migrant deaths

ROME  — Hundreds of crop pickers and labor union activists have marched from a shanty town in southern Italy to protest what they say is the exploitation of migrant farmworkers. The march from the shanty town of San Severo to the city of Foggia was organized after 16 farmworkers died in separate road accidents. The … Continue reading ROME | Farmworkers protest treatment in Italy after migrant deaths

ROME | Italian spelunker rescued after 2 days trapped in cave

ROME — An Italian spelunker has been rescued after two days trapped in a grotto beneath an Alpine glacier near the northeastern border with Slovenia. The news agency ANSA says 33-year-old Stefano Guarniero was strapped to a stretcher and pulled from the cave 200 meters (650 feet) below the surface after rescuers drilled a hole … Continue reading ROME | Italian spelunker rescued after 2 days trapped in cave

ROME | Spanish rescue boat saves 87 migrants in sea off Libya

ROME — A Spanish rescue boat has saved 87 migrants in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, and says it’s in touch with several countries about where to bring them. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the aid group Proactiva Open Arms, says the boat rescued the migrants early Thursday about 54 miles (87 kilometers) off … Continue reading ROME | Spanish rescue boat saves 87 migrants in sea off Libya

ROME | Dozens protest policies in Italy on Roma Holocaust day

ROME  — Dozens of activists have gathered outside Italy’s parliament on Roma Holocaust Memorial Day amid new concerns about discrimination against the minority community. Waving Roma flags and displaying signs reading “Stop xenophobia” and “No to pogroms,” the activists gathered Thursday to remember past mistreatment and to protest current conditions in Italy. Interior Minister Matteo … Continue reading ROME | Dozens protest policies in Italy on Roma Holocaust day

ROME | Aid groups blame Italy after migrants are sent to Libya

ROME — Italian officials deflected responsibility Tuesday after 108 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean were returned to Libya, a move that humanitarian groups said could violate international law. Both Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli insisted that the rescue carried out by the Italian-flagged Asso Ventotto supply ship was coordinated by … Continue reading ROME | Aid groups blame Italy after migrants are sent to Libya

ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

ROME — An ethnic Nigerian, Italian athlete, wounded in the eye by an egg hurled from a passing car, is the latest known victim of a rash of attacks in Italy linked to possible racism. Italy’s anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini dismissed as “nonsense” concerns Monday about a “racism emergency in Italy.” Discus thrower Daisy … Continue reading ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

VATICAN CITY  | Pope decries human trafficking for forced labor, sex trade

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis is urging everyone to combat the “shameful crime” of human trafficking, noting that it’s often linked to migrant smuggling. In remarks Sunday to the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis decried that many adults and children are trafficked into slavery for forced labor, sex businesses, organ trafficking, begging rackets and … Continue reading VATICAN CITY  | Pope decries human trafficking for forced labor, sex trade

ROME | World premieres at Venice for Gosling, Cooper movies

ROME— The Venice Film Festival will feature plenty of Hollywood star power, including premieres for a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling, a period western by the Coen brothers with Liam Neeson, and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring Lady Gaga. The 75th edition of the world’s oldest film festival opens on Aug. 29 … Continue reading ROME | World premieres at Venice for Gosling, Cooper movies

ROME | Pope adviser blasts pro-crucifix bill in Italy: ‘Hands off!’

ROME — A close adviser to Pope Francis has criticized legislation proposed by the right-wing League party that would require a crucifix to be displayed at public spaces and institutions, including ports and universities. The Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, wrote “Hands off!” in a tweet that went viral on … Continue reading ROME | Pope adviser blasts pro-crucifix bill in Italy: ‘Hands off!’

ROME | Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Fest

ROME — British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress. Together with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the … Continue reading ROME | Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Fest

ROME  | Jeep exec takes over Fiat, marking end of Marchionne era

ROME  — Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne’s health suddenly deteriorated following surgery. The announcement after an emergency board meeting Saturday marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker Chrysler and … Continue reading ROME  | Jeep exec takes over Fiat, marking end of Marchionne era

LONDON | Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles

LONDON — World champion Karsten Warholm used the absence of Qatar rival Abderrahman Samba to finally win a 400-meter hurdles at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.  And in a Norwegian record, too. Warholm was runner-up to Samba in the previous Diamond League meetings in Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, and Lausanne. But Samba preferred to try … Continue reading LONDON | Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles