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Italy: Pope Blesses Cross Made From Migrant Shipwrecks

Pope Francis has blessed a wooden cross made from the boats of migrants who have come ashore at the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. Francis visited Lampedusa last August and denounced the “globalization of indifference” that greets migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. He celebrated Mass that day on an altar […]

US President Barack Obama will visit Pope Francis on a European tour in March, the White House has said. The White House said Mr Obama looked forward to discussing their “shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality”. While in Rome, Mr Obama will meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta. He […]

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Pope Francis on Sunday spoke out about the plight of refugees and the traffickers who want to “enslave” them before visiting a parish near Rome’s main railway station that cares for immigrants and homeless people. “Let us think of the many migrants, the many refugees and their suffering,” Francis, the son of Italian immigrants to […]

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A nun who gave birth to a baby boy in the central Italian city of Rieti, said she had no idea she was pregnant, local media report. The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains, which she thought were stomach cramps. The young mother, who is originally from El Salvador, reportedly named her newborn […]

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A former member of the Swiss Guard, the force responsible for the pope’s safety, alleges that he was solicited for gay sex by cardinals, bishops, priests and other officials in the Vatican several years ago, a report published on Sunday says. The former guard told weekly newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag that he received up to […]

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