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About ten people are believed to have survived an avalanche that wrecked an Abruzzo hotel, leaving an unspecified number unaccounted-for, rescuers said Friday after an initial report that some 35 staff and guests were there when the wall of snow hit.

Italy has faith in Trump and in USA friendship - Alfano

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Friday sent his congratulations via Twitter to US President Donald Trump upon his inauguration and said "Italy has faith in the new President and in the great relationship of friendship with the USA".
US Presidential Inauguration (ANSA) US Presidential Inauguration

Gentiloni thanks rescuers, onwards and upwards


Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Friday "thanks to the thousands of civilians and military who are working to save lives and reduce disruption. Onwards and upwards".

Eight found alive at Rigopiano, including two kids (ANSA) Eight found alive at Rigopiano, including two kids



Soccer: Collina named FIFA refs chief

Sports. Italian former referee Pierluigi Collina was named Friday new president of FIFA's referee commission, replacing Angel Maria Villar Llona of Spain. Collina, a refereeing legend, is currently UEFA referee chief.


MotoGP: Rossi says aiming for 10th title

Sports. Valentino Rossi said Thursday he was aiming to get his 10th world title in the upcoming season with Yamaha. "I like the new bike a lot, I find it very beautiful and usually the beautiful ones go fast too", said the veteran star, who turns 38 on February 16.

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'Look more at what unites us than at what divides us'

Christian unity is possible, pope says

Pope Francis in his general audience Wednesday said that unity among Christians is possible and urged the faithful to "look more at what unites us than at what divides us" as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins.

Francis sends message via @Pontifex account

No peace if identity violated, tweets pope

Pope Francis used the papal Twitter account, @Pontifex, to appeal for people's identities to be respected on Monday. "There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal identity," the pope tweeted.

'Don't be afraid of risk,' Francis writes ahead of 2018 synod

'Make cry for better world heard,' Pope Francis tells youth

'Don't be afraid of risk,' Francis writes ahead of 2018 synod.

And Lazio Governor Zingaretti

Pope receives Raggi

Pope Francis on Thursday received Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi in a private audience as part of traditional meetings with local administrators at the start of the new year.

Pope Francis

Francis blasts criminals who tell faithful to pay

Pope warns against fraudsters selling tickers to audiences

Pope Francis warned a crowd of thousands that access to his weekly general audience is free, adding that those who try to sell the tickets are criminals.

Pontiff calls for prudence, not closure, on migrants

Pope Francis urges political, religious leaders to oppose terrorism

Francis calls for prudence, not closure, on migrants.

Burke announces

Pope to receive diplomatic corps Jan 9

Pope Francis will receive the diplomatic corps accredited with the Holy See in an audience at 10:30 Monday January 9, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Thursday.

S. Maria Setteville, on eastern outskirts

Pope to visit Rome parish Jan 15

Pope Francis will visit the Roman parish of Santa Maria Setteville at Setteville di Guidonia, on the eastern outskirts of the Italian capital, on Sunday January 15, the Vatican said Thursday.

Conditions must be 'worthy of human beings'

Pope grieves for Brazil jail deaths (2)

Pope Francis said Wednesday he was "praying to the Madonna" for the over 60 victims of a prison riot in the Brazilian Amazonian jungle city of Manaus.

And relationships

Non-violence shd dictate decisions, actions tweets pope

Pope Francis tweeted Tuesday "may non-violence become the characteristic style of our decisions, our relationships, our actions", echoing themes from his message for World Peace Day.

Don't forget priestly abuse says in letter to bishops

Protect the innocent says pope

Pope Francis urged bishops to "protect the innocent" and not forget priestly child abuse in a letter to bishops on December 28, the Vatican said Monday.

At St Martha's House on Jan 14

Pope to baptise babies from Amatrice, Accumoli

Pope Francis will baptise eight babies born in Amatrice and Accumoli, two Lazio villages worst hit by a deadly August earthquake, on January 14 at St Martha's House in the Vatican, Rieti Bishop Domenico Pompili announced Friday.

Get close to God

Let us be touched by saving tenderness tweets pope

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday "let us allow ourselves to be touched by the tenderness that saves. Let us get close to God who comes close, let us stop to look at the Christmas crib".

Pontiff says 'beauty brings us closer to God'

Circus performers entertain pope at general audience

Circus performers gave Pope Francis a flower-shaped balloon and placed a white bird on his hand in a brief performance at his general audience on Wednesday.

Than in first days of Church

More being martyred today says pope on St Stephen's Day

More Christians are being martyred today than during the first days of the Church, Pope Francis said on the feast day of the first martyr St Stephen Monday. "Why does the world persecute Christians?," the pontiff asked a crowd in St Peter's Square.

Pope speaks to Holy See's administrative apparatus

Curia reform not cosmetic, resistance can be evil says pope

Pope Francis told the Roman Curia on Thursday that it must not fear reform and said resistance to it could be evil.

Trip documented by photos, videos on social media

Pope left Vatican to buy shoes

Pope Francis left the Vatican to boy a pair of shoes in a shop in Rome's Via del Gelsomino on Tuesday. The trip is documented by photos and videos posted on social media by those present.

Pope leaves Vatican to buy shoes

Francis sends telegram after Berlin carnage

Pope calls for end to homicidal madness of terrorism

Pope Francis is deeply upset by Monday's carnage at a Christmas market in Berlin and has reiterated his appeal for an end of terrorism, according to a telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to the bishop of Berlin on Tuesday.

Santos gives pope pen used to sign FARC peace deal

Pope meets with Colombia's Santos, Uribe

Pope Francis met Friday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and former president Alvaro Uribe for about 25 minutes, the Vatican press office said.

Francis says hospital past 'not always good'

Pope says no to corruption at Bambin Gesù audience

Francis says hospital's past 'not always good'.