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Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for social justice and environmental protection as the means to combat the poverty that is a breeding ground for extremism at the start of his first Africa tour in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Wife murdered as Italy marks Violence Against Women Day

Italy on Wednesday marked the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with calls for more concerted action against the phenomenon, as news emerged that a 43-year-old woman was killed by her husband.

Govt hailed for culture terror response

The government met with praise, some from an unlikely source, on Wednesday after unveiling a plan to counter terror with one billion euros invested in culture to match one billion spent on security.

Man killed robber in 'self defence'


Investigators believe a jeweller who shot dead a robber at his home in the province of Milan late on Tuesday acted "within the realm of self-defence", ANSA sources said on Wednesday.

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Soccer: Juve's Hernanes out for three weeks


Juventus's Brazil forward Hernanes will be out for three weeks after pulling a hamstring in Saturday's 1-0 win over AC Milan, the Turin club said. Hernanes will miss several games starting with Wednesday's Champions League home tie against Manchester City.

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Also 220 bulletproof vests and nearly 2,000 computers

Rome to add 400 police for Jubilee

Rome's police headquarters announced on Wednesday that the Department of Public Safety assigned 400 extra police officers to duty for Jubilee Holy Year security, who will have access to 140 external bulletproof vests and 80 so-called "undershirt" bulletpro...

Book-interview aims to convey message of the special Jubilee

Pope Francis due to release book on Jubilee theme of mercy

Pope Francis' book "The Name of God is Mercy", is set to be published on January 12, 2016 and aims to convey his message for the Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy.

Also 50 motorcycle cops and 100 civilian vehicles

Rome to add 140 police patrol cars ahead of Jubilee

Rome's police headquarters will add 140 patrol cars together with 50 motorcycle cops and about 100 unmarked cars as part of its logistical support for the upcoming Jubilee Holy Year, police sources said on Wednesday.

Half of people see militant Islamists as biggest threat - survey

83% of Romans scared of Jubilee attacks

A total of 83% of Romans are frightened of potential terror attacks during Pope Francis' Jubilee, or Holy Year, which is due to start on December 8 and draw millions of Catholic pilgrims to Rome.

All finished by December 4, says Zingaretti

Jubilee health works almost ready, says Lazio governor

Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti said Tuesday that the work on Rome's health facilities in view of the upcoming Jubilee will all be ready by December 4, four days before the start of the Holy Year.

Parties expected to establish 'grace periods' during key events

Jubilee strike deal is imminent

Union representatives and bus, train and air transport providers were due to meet at the transport ministry on Tuesday afternoon to firm up an agreement on limiting industrial action during the upcoming holy Jubilee of Mercy.

Vatican Secretary of State calls for 'a mercy offensive'

Pope wants Muslims involved in Jubilee Year says Parolin

Pope Francis wants Muslims involved in the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which can serve as common ground to find solutions to overcoming hate, said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in an interview published Monday by French Catholic da...

'We must forgive and be merciful' says local parish priest

Jubilee Holy Door in Gaza City as well

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will open a Holy Door in Gaza City for the pope's Jubilee year, sources said Thursday. Fouad Twal will open the door of the Holy Family parish church in the capital of the war-torn Gaza Strip on December 20.

Focused on protecting Rome, Vatican, other religious sites

Secret services to use Expo as model for Jubilee security

Italy's intelligence services are already working at full capacity to prevent and tackle terror threats linked to the special Jubilee year called by Pope Francis, which is due to start on December 8.

ReligionHoly Year 'dream team' 'needed as soon as possible' - Esposito

Jubilee pilgrims expected to create 64 tons of trash a day

Pilgrims to Rome for the upcoming Holy Jubilee of Mercy will generate an additional 64 tonnes of rubbish per day in the city, research institute Censis said on Tuesday.

In conjunction with interior ministry, says Lorenzin

Health minister Jubilee, terror emergency protocols in place

Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzi said Tuesday emergency plans in case of a terrorist attack on Italian soil are being put in place in agreement with the interior ministry.

Francis says God's door is open

Jubilee is chance to cross door of mercy

Pope Francis in his general audience Wednesday encouraged an open-door policy in Catholic churches and institutions, and said the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy is a chance to "cross the threshold of God's mercy".

Monsignor Fisichella launches online video appeal

Vatican seeks volunteers for Jubilee

Monsignor Rino Fisichella, who was chosen by Pope Francis to direct the Vatican's Jubilee of Mercy Holy Year, released a video appeal for volunteers Friday on the Italian-language version of the Jubilee Year website.

VaticanFrancis also intends to open Holy Door in Bangui this month

Pope to open St Peter's Holy Door for Jubilee 8/12

Pope Francis is to kick off the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in earnest by opening the Holy Door of St Peter's at 9:30 Italian time on December 8, ANSA sources said Wednesday.

Pastoral trip "very much wanted" by pontiff, Fr. Lombardi says

Pope will start Jubilee with Africa trip, says Vatican

Pope Francis wants to start the special Jubilee on Mercy during his pastoral visit to Africa this month, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday.

Holy year security plan features hiring of 2,500 police

Rome won't be 'military zone' in Jubilee says Alfano

Holy year security plan features hiring of 2,500 police

Daily news broadcasts for residents and pilgrims

Rome, Vatican present InfoJubilee radio service

Rome and Vatican officials on Monday presented InfoJubilee, a new public radio news service aimed at residents and Catholic pilgrims.

Alfano says police equipped to deal with possible terrorists

Jubilee security plan kicks off

Rome Prefect Franco Gabrielli said that the capital's special security plan for Catholic Church's upcoming Jubilee kicked into force on Monday.

Italian church says no question of cancelling Holy Year

Bagnasco says no denying Jubilee fears

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the head of the Italian bishops conference CEI, said Thursday it was undeniable that there are fears about the Catholic Church's upcoming Jubilee of Mercy following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

VaticanTree donated by Bavaria, crib by Trento province

St Peter's Square crib, tree to arrive early for Jubilee

The traditional Christmas crib and tree in St. Peter's Square will be set up early this year for the start of Pope Francis' special Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, the Vatican said on Tuesday. This year's tree is a red fir donated by Bavaria.