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Pope Francis had diagnostic tests in a Rome hospital after his weekly audience

Feb. 28, 2024 14:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently had the flu, was brought to a hospital in Rome for diagnostic testing after the papal audience Wednesday, the Vatican said, without giving further details. The pope arrived at the Gemelli Hospital on Tiber Island in a small white Fiat...

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

Feb. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A delegation of German bishops is expected in Rome soon after the Vatican insisted they scrap a planned vote this week on a controversial proposal to let laypeople participate in a decision-making council alongside bishops. The aborted vote was the latest in years of...

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 13:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

Andreas Brehme, scorer of West Germany's winning goal in the 1990 World Cup final, dies at 63

Feb. 20, 2024 08:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Andreas Brehme, who fired West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title with the only goal in the final against Diego Maradona's Argentina, has died. He was 63. Brehme's partner Susanne Schaefer confirmed his death in a statement to Germany's dpa news agency on Tuesday....

Italy again prosecutes Egypt officials for the 2016 torture and death of Italian student in Cairo

Feb. 20, 2024 07:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Four high-level Egyptian security officials went on trial in absentia before a Rome court on Tuesday, accused in the 2016 abduction, torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo. Giulio Regeni’s body was found on a highway days after he disappeared in...

Fire at a shantytown in Montenegro kills 2 women and 2 children, state TV says

Feb. 15, 2024 05:51 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A fire that erupted early on Thursday at a makeshift Roma settlement in Montenegro killed two women and two children, the state RTCG television reported. The fire erupted around 4.30 a.m. in the southern Adriatic Sea town of Bar, the report said. It was...

Antifascists gather in Hungary to oppose annual far-right event as Italian activist remains jailed

Feb. 10, 2024 12:26 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Antifascist activists gathered in Hungary's capital on Saturday to oppose an annual commemoration held by far-right groups, underscoring diplomatic tensions between Budapest and Rome over the detention of an Italian citizen in a Hungarian jail. Hundreds of...

Man convicted in Italy for 2007 Meredith Kercher murder is under surveillance over abuse claims

Feb. 09, 2024 14:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has ordered that the man convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and freed three years ago be placed under “special surveillance” for allegedly abusing a former girlfriend, Italian media reported on Friday. The order came after...

A giant statue of Emperor Constantine looks out over Rome again with help from 3D technology

Feb. 06, 2024 22:11 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Emperor Constantine, the 4th century ruler whose embrace of Christianity helped spread the faith throughout the Roman Empire, now has a reconstructed statue befitting his larger-than-life role in history. Rome authorities on Tuesday unveiled a massive, 13-meter (42.6...

Japan will step up defense and economic ties with Italy as Rome seeks a greater Indo-Pacific role

Feb. 05, 2024 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Italy said Monday they will bolster their cooperation in security and defense, including their joint next-generation fighter jet development with Britain, as Tokyo welcomed the European nation's shift toward playing a greater role in the Indo-Pacific. ...