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Pope Francis met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Havana Airport prior to a seven-day trip in Mexico. The pope and Kirill warmly embraced at the airport.

Renzi say Church can't decide on civil unions vote

Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday that it was not up to the Italian Church to decide whether a parliamentary vote on a bill regulating civil unions, including same-sex ones, should be a secret ballot.



Rugby: Just one change to Italy XV for England clash

TopNews. Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made just one change to his starting line-up for Sunday's Six Nations match against England at Rome's Stadio Olimpico after his men came close to stunning France in last week's 23-21 defeat in their opener in Paris.

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On average 500 police ensured pilgrims' safety

500,000 in Rome to venerate saints Pius and Leopold

Half a million faithful took part in last week's events in Rome and the Vatican in honour of the saints Pius of Pietralcina - commonly known as Padre Pio - and Leopold of Mandic, police sources said Thursday.

'The bible says it, it's not an invention of this pope'

Pope says Jubilee implies generosity

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for a world without poverty and a society without discrimination based on "solidarity, sharing, the division of resources founded on fraternity and justice" as the ideal objective of the Jubilee Year.

Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday mass

In general audience, pontiff advocates for wealth redistribution

Pope Francis says 'not true Jubilee unless it reaches pockets'

Pope Francis in his weekly general audience Wednesday advocated for wealth redistribution and said "if the Jubilee doesn't reach pockets, it's not a true Jubilee".

'Let him find a father who embraces him,' Francis adds

'Don't beat up the penitent,' Pope Francis tells Capuchin confessors

Pope Francis told the worldwide Capuchin community to embrace the penitent who comes to confession during a special Mass in St Peter's basilica on Tuesday. "I speak to you as a brother," Pope Francis said to the Capuchins present.

Orderly line reported outside Capuchin basilica

Faithful queue to pay homage to Padre Pio remains in Rome

Catholic faithful and pilgrims queued for an hour and a half on Thursday to pay homage to the remains of St Pio, better known as Padre Pio, at the basilica of S. Lorenzo fuori le mura (St Lawrence Outside the Walls) in Rome.

First stop at St Lawrence Outside the Walls

St Pio remains arrive in Rome

The remains of St Pio, better known as Padre Pio, arrived in Rome Wednesday for a series of Jubilee events set up by Pope Francis. The reliquary containing the saintly friar's body arrived at the basilica of St.

Set to arrive later on Wednesday at St. Lawrence Outside Walls

Saint Pio's remains start journey to Rome

The remains of Saint Pio - better known as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina - on Wednesday were taken from the church dedicated to him in San Giovanni Rotondo and started their journey to Rome.

Vatican expects 60,000 pilgrims for St. Leopold reliquary

St. Pio reliquary in Vatican for Jubilee

Tens of thousands of Jubilee pilgrims devoted to St. Pio - better known as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina - are gearing up to Rome to view the saint's reliquary in Rome, sources said Tuesday.

Oleificio Morettini to market exclusive oil in special cans

Official Jubilee olive oil made by Arezzo producer

An olive oil producer near Arezzo in Tuscany has been tasked with producing the official olive oil for the pope's Holy Year of Mercy currently underway, media reported Tuesday.

Secured area in historic centre and two schools to be closed

Rome expecting 50,000 pilgrims for Saint Pio reliquary

Rome authorities are expecting 50,000 pilgrims for a February 6 procession leading to St. Peter's Square for viewing the reliquaries of St. Pio, better known as Padre Pio, and St.

Souvenir hawkers can also operate on selected days

Rome partially lifts Jubilee snack van ban

Rome Commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca signed an ordinance Monday partly lifting a ban on commercial activity in public areas around the Vatican introduced on the eve of the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy in early December.

Number rises from 800 due to huge demand

Jubilee 'missionaries of mercy' ot be over 1,000, Fisichella says

There will be more than 1,000 'missionaries of mercy' instead of the planned 800 due to overwhelming demand, Holy Year coordinator Monsignor Rino Fisichella said Friday.

Giubileo: Fisichella, finora a Roma 1,4 mln pellegrini

Monsignor says 40% come from abroad

Jubilee has drawn 1.4 mn to Rome so far says Fisichella

The Catholic Church's extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which started last month, has so far drawn almost 1.4 million people to Rome, Monsignor Rino Fisichella, the coordinator of the Holy Year, said on Friday.

Pope Francis

Special audience to be held Saturday

Over 20,000 to attend first Jubilee Papal audience

More than 20,000 people have signed up for Pope Francis's first Jubilee audience this weekend, Holy Year coordinator Monsignor Rino Fisichella said Friday. The audience will take place in St Peter's Square on Saturday.

Pontiff tells circus performers to 'create beauty'

Jubilee chance to unite brothers after fights says Pope Francis

The Roman Catholic Holy Year Jubilee of Mercy is an opportunity to "reunite brothers after quarrels," Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday. Francis also said God was "against all those who wage war".

Green light for project financed by fines treasury

Jubilee parole for 98 prisoners to work Rome green spaces

The board of the fines treasury, headed by the Chief of the Prison Department Administration (DAP), has approved a project for 98 inmates from Rome prisons to work on maintaining green spaces, improving the tidiness of the Eternal City and helping pilgrims...

'Welcome decisive for evangelisation,' Francis adds

Everything staked on welcome, Pope Francis tells pilgrim operators

Pope Francis on Thursday stressed the importance of welcoming pilgrims in his address to pilgrimage operators on their special Jubilee. "The key word that I want to emphasise with you today is 'welcome'," the pope said.

60,000 pilgrims already booked for Feb 6 audience

St. Pio reliquary to arrive in Rome for Jubilee Year

The reliquaries containing the remains of St. Pio - better known as Padre Pio - and St.

Also measures on Expo, Bagnoli, Land of Fires

Jubilee decree approved

The Lower House on Tuesday gave a definitive OK to a government decree on the Roman Catholic Jubilee of Mercy Holy Year. The decree, which now becomes law, was approved by 256 votes to 146.

Created by Vatican Archives and Library

Vatican releases replica 'Pilgrim's Plaque' for Jubilee

Roman Catholics visiting Rome for the special Jubilee will receive special 'pilgrims' plaques,' (Testimonium) that are official replicas of a historic document stored in the Vatican Archives and Apostolic Library, officials said Monday.