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Premier Matteo Renzi announced on Wednesday that Italy will host the 2017 G7 summit in Sicily. "I write to you while I fly to Japan for the (2016) G7," Renzi said in his e-news.



Two jihadists get six years

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Two jihadists who were wiretapped speaking about attacking the NATO base at Ghedi near Brescia were given six years in jail Wednesday. Tunisian Lassaad Briki and Pakistani Muhammad Waqas were arrested in July on charges of belonging to ISIS.

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Lampedusa baby refugee lost her mother at sea

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A rescued nine-month-old girl lost her mother at sea, asylum seekers told cultural mediators on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday.

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Giro: Kruijswijk keeps pink

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Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk retained the leader's pink jersey after the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia Wednesday, a 196-km run from Molveno to Cassano d'Adda, won by Germany's Roger Kluge.




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Soccer: Italy's Conte has 'few doubts' about Euro 2016

TopNews. Italy coach Antonio Conte told reporters on Tuesday that he had few doubts about his Euro 2016 squad as a preliminary group of 30 players gathered for the Azzurri's pre-tournament training camp near Florence.

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Soccer: Tavecchio downplays Ventura rumours

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Italian Soccer federation (FIGC) chief Carlo Tavecchio on Tuesday played down reports that FIGC has already chosen Torino manager Giampiero Ventura to take over when Antonio Conte leaves the Italy bench for Chelsea at the end of Euro 2016.



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Jubilee

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.


'Encourages all to be witnesses to mercy'

Pope says Amoris Laetitia exhortation 'special' during Jubilee

Pope Francis said Friday his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Love) on love and marriage was "special" during the Roman Catholic Holy Year Jubilee of Mercy.


'Great legality scheme' says Tronca

100 Rome inmates to work on Jubilee green areas

Some 100 inmates of Rome jails will work to keep up green areas of the capital during the Jubilee Year according to a deal Thursday between Justice Minister Andrea Orlando and Rome Commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca.


Francis to travel to Greek island with Bartholomew I

Pope to visit refugees on Lesbos on April 16

Pope Francis will visit refugees and asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Thursday.