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Judges in the appeals trial of former Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino upheld a 16-year sentence for the 2012 shipwreck that left 32 dead off Tuscany's Giglio Island.

No specific signals in Italy says anti-terror chief


The chief of Italy's anti-terrorism division said Tuesday there are "no specific signals or particular evidence" pointing to imminent or potential Islamist terror attacks in Italy.

Police patrol at Roman Forum (ANSA) Police patrol at Roman Forum

Prosecutors want confessed murderer Paduano held


Stalked ex, burned ex-girlfriend to death. Women call on govt to 'implement Istanbul Convention', protect victims, punish perps, and eradicate male chauvinist culture, beginning in school. 'No more extenuating circumstances for sexism' says Telefono Rosa battered women's hotline chief Gabriella Moscatelli.

The victim's car (ANSA) The victim's car



Soccer: Italy picks Euro 2016 squad


Federcalcio on Tuesday announced the 23-man line-up of the Italy squad to compete the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship to be played June 10-July 16.


Soccer: Berlusconi OKs more talks with Chinese

TopNews. Silvio Berlusconi is convinced Chinese investors who want to buy 70% of AC Milan are serious and have major financial assets and so has OK'd continuing talks to weigh the size and quality of their investment plans to relaunch the team, sources said Tuesday...


Soccer: Five guilty of Bari match-fixing


A Bari judge on Monday sentenced five defendants to terms ranging from six to 18 months in jail and acquitted 13 for fixing two Serie B matches in the 2008-9 season, Salernitana-Bari and Bari-Treviso.


Giro: Nibali wins for second time

TopNews. Vincenzo 'The Shark' Nibali won the Giro d'Italia for the second time Sunday after storming back into form on the last two mountain stages. "It's a unique emotion," said the Sicilian, who also won in 2013.

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Morning of June 13

Pope to visit WFP

Pope Francis is to visit the Rome headquarters of the UN World Food Programme on the morning of June 13, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told ANSA Tuesday.

During homily at St Martha's House

Christians must serve with joy, Pope Francis says

The world would change "if we learned to serve and walk towards the other", Pope Francis said on Tuesday at a Mass at St Martha's House, the Vatican hostel he lives in.

Mass, procession on feast of Corpus Domini

Jesus offers self as spiritual food tweets pope

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday on the occasion of the Corpus Domini (Body of the Lord) feast that "Jesus gives Himself to us in the Eucharist, offers Himself as spiritual food that sustains our life".

Francis says duty of everyone to protect children

Pope Francis makes appeal for missing children

Pope Francis made an appeal for children to be returned to their families at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, which is International Missing Children's Day.

'If they are sad something is not right,' Francis adds

Christians are men and women of joy, Pope Francis says

There can be no Christian without joy, Pope Francis said in a homily on Monday. "A Christian is a man or woman of joy, a man or woman with a joyful heart.

Francis calls for integration of migrants

Pope says disarm violent, defeat traffickers, don't be afraid

Pope Francis on Thursday called on governments to take action to disarm human traffickers and other people involved in violence.

Mass at St John Lateran then procession to St Mary Major

Pope to celebrate Corpus Domini in Rome on May 26

Pope Francis will celebrate the Corpus Domini Mass on May 26 at the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano in Rome, the Vatican said on Monday. The Mass will begin at 7 pm local time.

Civiltà Cattolica says thousands of migrant children go missing

Pope recalls 'heartbreaking human suffering' seen on Lesbos

Pope Francis on Friday said that during his recent visit to migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, he witnessed "heartbreaking experiences of human suffering, especially of families and children".

'Bitterest tears caused by human wickedness' says Francis

Reason alone can't comfort says pope in Jubilee prayer vigil

God can bring comfort where our reason alone cannot, Pope Francis said Thursday at his Jubilee prayer vigil to "dry the tears" of physical and spiritual sufferers.

Vatican figures on faithful passing through St.Peter's Holy Door

Over 6 mn Jubilee pilgrims in Rome

The number of pilgrims who have come to Rome for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Holy year has passed the six-million mark, the Vatican said Thursday.

For those suffering 'in body and in spirit'

Unitalsi at St Peter's for Jubilee prayer vigil

Volunteers from the local branch of the National Italian Union for Transporting the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines (Unitalsi) will on Thursday accompany the disabled and ill to a prayer vigil held by Pope Francis at the Vatican to "dry the tears".

Presented Friday by Schulz, Juncker, Tusk

Pope Francis to receive Charlemagne

Pope Francis will on Friday receive this year's Charlemagne Prize for his work in favour of EU integration and unity.

Event follows on from 2014 pilgrimage from France

Jubilee for street people in November

Pope Francis is to celebrate a special Jubilee of Mercy for street people from November 11 to 13, the Vatican said on Monday. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event from all over Europe.

Dignity of work also an issue, says Francis

Pope bemoans 'grave problem' of youth unemployment

Pope Francis used his Twitter account, @Pontifex, to highlight the need to create jobs for young people on Monday.

To bring comfort to physical, spiritual sufferers

Pope to hold Jubilee prayer vigil May 5

The pope will hold a Jubilee prayer vigil on May 5 to "dry the tears" of physical and spiritual sufferers, the Vatican said in a statement Tuesday. The prayer vigil to begin at 18:00 in St.

Holding conference on refugee rights at LUMSA

Rotarians to attend papal Jubilee audience

Some 8,000 Rotarians will attend Pope Francis' weekly Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square on April 30, the international organization said Tuesday. A delegation of Rotary Club members will meet with the pope after the public audience.

Holy Year's official site says 5,087,000 participants so far

Jubilee pilgrims to Rome cross five-million mark

The number of pilgrims who have come to Rome so far for the Catholic Church's extraordinary year of mercy has crossed the five-million mark, the official site of the Holy Year said on Friday. It said 5,087,000 pilgrims had participated in the Jubilee.

Part of three days of events for young people aged 13-16

Pope to celebrate Jubilee Mass for Boys and Girls on Sunday

Pope Francis is to celebrate the Jubilee of Boys and Girls with Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the Vatican press office said on Tuesday. The Mass is scheduled to start at 10.30 am local time.

'Follow Jesus and the path of the Beatitudes'

Pope warns against being misled by fortune-tellers

Pope Francis on Monday during Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta told his followers that one needs only to follow the path trod by the Beatitudes to live a religious life. He warned against listening to fortune-tellers and delinquents.

First day in Italy for three families brought from Lesbos

Refugees 'saved' by Pope already learning Italian in Rome

The refugees who were at risk of deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos that Pope Francis brought back to Italy have had their first Italian class.