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Italian President Sergio Mattarella named 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre Life Senator on Friday. Segre, an Auschwitz survivor, has written books and taken part in films about the Holocaust.

Man dies of flu, hospital ops delayed by lack of blood


The flu epidemic is again this year forcing hospital operations to be put off because of a lack of blood, the National Blood Centre said Friday. The blood emergency has hit several regions, the centre said.




Tennis: Seppi battles into Australian Open last 16

TopNews. Italy's Andreas Seppi overcome a stiff challenge from big-hitting Croat Ivo Karlovic to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open with 6-3 7-6 6-7 6-7 9-7 win in a match that lasted almost four hours on Friday.


Soccer: Milan sale 'transparent and correct' - Li

TopNews. AC Milan Chairman Li Yonghong on Tuesday said last year's acquisition of the club from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi had been "transparent and above board" and the club reserved the right to sue to protect its image.

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No more exclusion says in Peru

Duty to talk to native peoples says pope

Pope Francis said in this Peruvian city Friday that it is a duty to talk to native peoples and there should be no more exclusion of them.

Francis on second leg of apostolic visit after leaving Chile

Pope Francis set to meet Amazonian people in Peru

Pope Francis is set to meet indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest on the first full day of the Peruvian leg of his apostolic visit on Friday after he left Chile on Thursday.

In Chile

Pope gets out of popemobile, helps policewoman

Pope Francis on Thursday got out of the popemobile to help a Chilean policewoman who had fallen off her horse. The officer fell near the popemobile as it was wending its way through the crowds in the Chilean city of Iquique.

In Iquique

Pope meets victims of Chile regime

Pope Francis on Thursday met two victims of the 1970s repressive Chilean regime of General Augusto Pinochet, at the Nuestra Senora de Lourdes shrine at Iquique.

Will meet Chilean dictatorship victims at Iquique

Pope Francis to move from Chile to Peru

Pope Francis's week-long South American tour is set to move from Chile to Peru on Thursday.

Francis 'cried' people sexually abused by clergy in Santiago

Pope meets victims of pedophile priests in Chile

Pope Francis met a group of victims of pedophile priests on the first full day of his trip to Chile on Tuesday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

Francis reiterates call for disarmament on flight to Chile

Pope says he fears nuclear war

Francis reiterates call for disarmament on flight to Chile.

Pope Francis en route to Chile

Francis's 22nd overseas trip will also take in Peru

Pope Francis heads to Chile

Francis's 22nd overseas trip will also take in Peru.

Christian prayer must be courageous - Francis

Don't pray like parrots says Pope

Pope Francis said Catholics should not pray without interest like "parrots" during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence where he lives inside the Vatican on Friday.

'Not impossible' he will meet abuse victims too - Burke

Pope to meet victims of Pinochet in Chile

Pope Francis will meet two victims of General Pinochet's regime when he visits Chile next week, Vatican Spoeksman Greg Burke said Thursday. He said the pair would hand the pontiff a letter. Burke did not say who the victims were.

Pontiff thanks Italy for efforts for asylum seekers

Migrants are people, don't feed fears - pope

Pontiff thanks Italy for efforts for asylum seekers.

Francis says avoid initiatives that could aggravate situation

Pope repeats call for Jerusalem status quo

Pope Francis repeated his call for the status quo be maintained with respect to Jerusalem during a meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican on Monday.

At Palidoro north of Rome

Pope pays surprise visit to children's hospital

Pope Francis on Friday paid a surprise visit to 120 young patients at the annexe of the Vatican's Bambino Gesù childrens' hospital at Palidoro north of Rome.

First general audience of year

Confess your own sins not those of others says pope

Christians must confess their own sins and not those of others, Pope Francis said at his first general audience of the year in the Paul VI hall in the Vatican Wednesday.

Tells Italian Theological Association

Don't need to be theologians to be real believers - pope

You don't need to be a theologian to be a real believer in Christ, Pope Francis told a delegation from the Italian Theological Association Friday.

Hails Orfei performers at general audience

Circus 'brings us closer to God' - pope

The art of the circus brings us closer to God, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Those who betray trust not martyrs says Francis

Pope warns Curia of cancer of plots, cliques

Those who betray trust not martyrs says Francis.

Miracle regards survival of child despite broken placenta

Pope Paul VI set for sainthood, miracle identified

Miracle regards survival of child despite broken placenta.

Enjoys performance by Circus of Cuba

Mass is a symphony says Pope

Enjoys performance by Circus of Cuba.

Commitment to favouring peace process renewed

Jerusalem focus of Pope-Jordan king audience

The issue of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital and the threat to the Mideast peace process topped the agenda of talks in the Vatican Tuesday between Pope Francis and King Abdullah of Jordan, the Holy See said.