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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, Pope Francis' pastoral approach in his first year has given the Catholic Church a new glow. But it's still unclear where he intends to take the church.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Italy detains tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from North Africa and locks them up in harsh conditions. Now it is pushing to revamp the system at home with an eye toward a Europe-wide plan.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Imagine: a papal People magazine. It's not far-fetched. A new magazine, My Pope, is covering the weekly activities of Pope Francis — and it's put out by a publisher known for celebrity gossip rags.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation's culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the "Disneyland of food," but Italians aren't impressed.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The choices reflect the pope's belief that the church leadership should resemble the changing makeup of its members. New cardinals come from the Philippines, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Haiti.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews but on the cricket pitch. The Vatican has launched a cricket club, which draws from seminarians and priests of different nationalities who live and study in Rome. It's hoped the club will forge ties with teams of other faiths.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Seven months into his papacy, Pope Francis is shaking up the Catholic world, with outspoken interviews and cold calls to ordinary people. But some Catholic conservatives are deeply uncomfortable and worried that the Vatican has lost control of the papal message.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has openly opposed a U.S. punitive strike against Syria and has joined other government ministers and leading personalities adhering to Pope Francis's call for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. On Saturday, the pope lead a long mass and peace vigil in St. Peter's Square.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Ai Weiwei, the world-renowned Chinese artist and dissident, has created a deeply autobiographical work for the Venice Biennale exhibit. It is a series of dioramas about his life as a political prisoner, when he was jailed for criticizing the corruption and shoddy construction that caused the deaths of 5,000 children when schools collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Congo-born Cecile Kyenge's appointment in April as integration minister was hailed as a landmark for diversity. Instead, the mood of racial progress in Italy has suffered. The debate highlights growing intolerance and what the prime minister has called a shameful chapter for the country.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Many cities hold arts festivals during the summer. Rome joined the party last Saturday as part of a larger effort to radically revamp traffic and make the area around the Coliseum and other monuments more welcoming for pedestrians.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Every two years, Venice hosts the largest and oldest noncommercial art exhibit in the world. It's a dizzying and eclectic array of sights by both celebrity artists and total unknowns. More than 150 artists from 88 countries will be on display through November.
Monday, August 05, 2013
There's no proof that Giovanni Palatucci saved the lives of 5,000 Jews, say historians who studied a trove of wartime documents. Supporters of Palatucci are fighting back, as Holocaust museums pull exhibits on the Italian policeman who had been on the track to sainthood.
Friday, August 02, 2013
After some 20 trials over two decades, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi received his first definitive conviction Thursday for evading taxes. That ruling could undermine the fragile coalition government.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Italy's top court has upheld a conviction and prison term for Italy's most prominent politician, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of tax fraud. This the first time he has been definitively convicted, after 20 years in which he was accused of multiple transgressions. However, the supreme court will now reconsider the law that would bar him from holding high office because of the conviction. This could allow the shaky coalition that governs Italy to remain in place.
Monday, July 15, 2013
The Italian city welcomes tourists, but there's been a backlash to the 650 cruise ships that sail down the canals and tower over the city. The city government and the Venice Port Authority have agreed to search for solutions.
Monday, June 24, 2013
An Italian court has found former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty of paying for sex with a minor, a then teenaged pole dancer known on stage as "Ruby the Heartstealer." The court also convicted Berlusconi of abuse of power for having her released from police custody after she was arrested for an unrelated theft. The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years but he will not go to jail pending appeal to higher courts.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The account has gained more than 100,000 followers worldwide in less than six months. Followers, who represent a wide variety of professions and religions, are convinced the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st century social media.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Among the many culinary treats Italy has given the world is gelato, a frozen dessert with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. Gelato lovers from all over the world are flocking to a university outside Bologna, Italy, to master the art of gelato-making. Here's a free lesson: Don't call it ice cream.