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Greece: 3rd night of riots over police shooting of Roma teen

Dec. 08, 2022 16:01 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out for a third night Thursday outside Roma settlements near Athens over the police shooting of a teenage Roma boy in northern Greece, after the government issued a public appeal for calm. Authorities ordered road closures lasting several hours...

Pope weeps in Rome as he prays for peace in Ukraine

Dec. 08, 2022 10:46 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis wept Thursday in the center of Rome as he prayed for peace in Ukraine during an annual Christmas visit to venerate a statue of the Virgin Mary near the Spanish Steps. Francis leaned over and choked up, unable to speak precisely as he arrived at the part of...

Deja vu in Vatican as 'Vatileaks' defendant cited at trial

Nov. 30, 2022 17:38 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican tribunal hearing a financial crimes case had something of a déjà vu Tuesday when a high-profile defendant in a previous trial over leaked documents emerged as a key figure in advising the prime prosecution witness to cooperate with prosecutors. Prosecutor...

Ryder Cup: Colsaerts appointed European vice captain

Nov. 22, 2022 11:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald appointed Nicolas Colsaerts as his third vice captain on Tuesday for next year's event in Rome. The Belgian golfer, who turned 40 last week, joins Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Edoardo Molinari of Italy as vice captains for the...

German bishops assure Vatican but vow to proceed with reform

Nov. 19, 2022 12:48 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Germany’s Catholic bishops insisted Saturday that their reform process won’t lead to a schism and vowed to see it through, after tense meetings with Vatican officials who want a moratorium on proposals to ordain women, bless same-sex unions and rethink church teaching on...

Italian oil workers seek deal for Russian-owned refinery

Nov. 18, 2022 09:38 AM EST

ORTIGIA, Sicily (AP) — Thousands of workers at a Russian-owned oil refinery in Sicily protested Friday against the threat of closure as Europe imposes a full embargo on Russian oil starting next month. Workers demanded action from Italy’s new economic development minister,...

Club teams impacted Italy's failure to qualify for World Cup

Nov. 16, 2022 05:51 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Loved and admired around the world for producing players like Roberto Baggio and Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s national team struggles for respect at home. In a country where club teams rule and provincialism stretching back to medieval times still prevails, the Azzurri are...

US Catholic bishops elect Timothy Broglio as new president

Nov. 15, 2022 18:52 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Military Services, who oversees Catholic ministries to the U.S. armed forces, was elected Tuesday as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Broglio, 70, was elected to a three-year term from a field of 10...

Climate protesters splatter Van Gogh in Rome with pea soup

Nov. 04, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Environmental activists tossed pea soup on a Vincent van Gogh painting Friday in Rome to protest carbon use and natural gas extraction, but caused no damage to the glass-covered painting. Security intervened immediately and removed the protesters kneeling in front of...

Italy's right-wing government slammed for anti-rave decree

Nov. 02, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni on Wednesday defended her government against criticism that a decree banning rave parties could be used to clamp down on sit-ins and other forms of protest while a march by thousands of fascist sympathizers to the crypt of the country's slain fascist...