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The Civil Protection Department said Friday the latest provisional death toll from Wednesday's earthquake in central Italy is 278, but officials said 15 people were still missing in Amatrice.

Quake: Cabinet decrees state of emergency

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Cabinet has decreed a state of emergency and disbursed an initial 50 million euros following a devastating August 24 earthquake in central Italy that flattened entire towns and killed hundreds, officials said Friday. Premier Matteo Renzi has declared Saturday, August 27 to be a national day of mourning.
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Quake: Nun from iconic ANSA photo recounts ordeal

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A nun whose ANSA photo became the international symbol of a devastating August 24 earthquake in central Italy said Friday when the first, 6.2-magnitude shock occurred at 03:36 she thought she was about to die under the debris.
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Soccer: PSG loan Sirigu to Sevilla

TopNews.French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Friday said they had loaned Italy's second-string goalie Salvatore Sirigu to Sevilla for a year. Sirigu, 29, is second in the Azzurri goalkeeping hierarchy to legendary Italy and Juventus skipper Gianlugi Buffon.

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Soccer: Juve-Sevilla, Napoli-Benfica in CL

TopNews. Italian champions Juventus were drawn against Sevilla while Serie A runners-up Napoli got Benfica in the draw for the group stage of the Champions League Thursday.

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Soccer: Inter close to signing Gabigol, Joao Mario

TopNews. Inter Milan is close to signing Santos winger Gabigol and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario for a total outlay of 70 million euros, sources close to the club said Friday. Joao Mario will cost some 45 million euros and Gabigol around 25, they said.



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Jubilee

Since start of Pope Francis' Holy Year of Mercy

Over 14 million Jubilee pilgrims in Rome

More than 14 million pilgrims have traveled to Rome since Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy kicked off over eight months ago, the Vatican said Tuesday.


'Indescribable honour' says Fiera di Roma

Pope to visit Rome cardiologists' meet Aug 31

Pope Francis will attend the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Rome next Wednesday, Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke told journalists Thursday. More than 30,000 doctors from 140 countries will take part in the August 27-31 gathering.


Families came to Italy with Francis from Lesbos

Pope Francis lunches with 21 Syrian refugees at Vatican

Pope Francis had lunch Thursday with 21 Syrian war refugees at his residence in St Martha's guest house in the Vatican, spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement.


'Keyword is to stand up as God created you' Francis argues

God insists we get up onto our feet, Pope Francis says

God has created us to stand on our feet and insists that we should "get up", Pope Francis said during a general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday.


Figures based on on-line registrations to cross Holy Door

Jubilee pilgrims exceed 13 million says Vatican

Figures based on on-line registrations to cross Holy Door


Forgive in the way God forgives says Francis

Forgiveness is direct route to heaven says pope

Forgiveness is the quickest path to a place in heaven, Pope Francis said on Thursday during a visit to Assisi. "Forgiveness... is surely our direct route to that place in heaven," Francis said while visiting Assisi's Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.


Pontiff also pays tribute to RAI reporter who died in Poland

Pope Francis recalls WYD pilgrim who died of meningitis

Pontiff also pays tribute to RAI reporter who died in Poland


Francis has mooted possibility in past

Pope sets up study commission on women deacons

Move could lead to end of tradition of male-only clergy


Thousands of Muslims in Italy, France attend Sunday Mass

Don't equate Islam with terrorism, says pope

Thousands of Muslims in Italy, France attend Sunday Mass


'Go beyond past wounds, wrongdoings' says Francis at WYD

Unity not isolation says pope in Poland

Pope Francis on Thursday called for unity and communion instead of finger-pointing and isolationism.


Pope in Poland for World Youth Day

Welcome those fleeing war and hunger says Francis in Krakow

We must take in those fleeing war and hunger, Pope Francis said Wednesday in the Polish city of Krakow, where he is on hand to mark the Catholic Church's World Youth Day.


844 bishops, 47 cardinals gathered in Krakow

Italy present at World Youth Day with some 77,000 pilgrims

Italy is present at World Youth Day in Krakow with 486 groups and a total of 76,883 pilgrims, organizers said in a tweet on the official WYD Twitter account on Monday.


Church needs contemplatives to take Gospel to contemporary man

Don't get hooked on Facebook Pope Francis tells nuns

Church needs contemplatives to take Gospel to contemporary man

Nuns taking selfies

No security issues over Krakow July 26-31 event

Around 340,000 signed up for Catholic World Youth Day

As of Wednesday 335,437 young people have signed up for the Catholic Church's 31st World Youth Day, to be held in the Polish city of Krakow from July 26-31. Organizers said anywhere between 1.5 and 1.


@pontifex goes out in nine languages

Pope tops 30 million Twitter followers

Pope Francis' nine @pontifex Twitter accounts have more than 30 million followers, a Vatican monitoring site reported Tuesday. Francis' Twitter account goes out in nine languages, and the followers were broken down by language as follows: Spanish - 39.


Vatican figures for St Peter's Holy Door

Jubilee pilgrims go over 11-mn mark

Pilgrims to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy have passed the 11-million mark exactly seven months after the start of the Holy Year, according to the official website of the Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Francis, a site managed by the Pontifical Council for New...


'And you shd pray for me'

Audiences suspended but still praying for you tweets Pope Francis

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday that "in this month my (weekly general) audiences are suspended but I won't stop praying for you; and you, please, pray for me!".


Lyon pilgrims at audience

Rich should convert, Pope Francis tells poor

Rich people should "convert" and help the poor, Pope Francis told a group of poor pilgrims from Lyon at his general audience Wednesday. "You are in the Church's heart," Francis told the pilgrims who were led by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.


'Some countries speak of peace but sell arms'

No military solution for Syria says Pope Francis

There is no military solution in Syria "but only a political one," Pope Francis said in a video-message for Catholic charity Caritas's campaign for Syria Tuesday.


Brings video message from Romans living in low-income districts

Rome Mayor Raggi meets Pope Francis

The newly elected mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi on Friday morning met Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican.