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Pope appoints first cardinal from Amazon rainforest

Jul. 01, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus Leonardo Steiner kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian clergyman will make history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. “The communities feel that the distance between Rome...

Italy's Draghi brushes off concerns his coalition could fold

Jun. 30, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi brushed off concerns for his government’s survival on Thursday, a day after he returned early to Rome from the NATO summit in Madrid amid tensions boiling up among his key coalition allies. "The government doesn't risk (collapse), because...

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

Vatican releases pope's Canada itinerary, a sign trip is on

Jun. 23, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Thursday released the itinerary for Pope Francis’ July 24-30 visit to Canada, providing a sign he intends to go ahead with the trip despite knee problems that forced him to cancel a six-day visit to Africa also planned for next month. Francis is due to...

Ancient home, prayer room open at Rome's Baths of Caracalla

Jun. 23, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — One the most spectacular examples of ancient Roman baths, the Baths of Caracalla, has become more spectacular. Authorities in Rome on Thursday opened to the public a unique private home that stood on the site before the baths, with a frescoed ceiling and prayer room honoring Roman and...

Italy creates new museum for trafficked ancient artifacts

Jun. 15, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy has been so successful in recovering ancient artworks and artifacts that were illegally exported from the country it has created a museum for them. The Museum of Rescued Art was inaugurated Wednesday in a cavernous structure that is part of Rome's ancient Baths of...

2 killed, 2 hurt by runaway dump truck in northwest Georgia

Jun. 14, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A runaway dump truck struck and killed two men in northwest Georgia on Tuesday, leaving two others with serious injuries. Local news outlets report the brakes failed on a dump truck that was carrying asphalt for a private paving project north of Rome. ...

Pope nixes procession but plans Mass for Congolese on July 3

Jun. 13, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis canceled his participation in a religious procession this weekend due to ongoing knee pain, but said Monday he hoped to celebrate a special Mass for Italy's Congolese community after he had to postpone his planned visit to Africa. “We'll bring Kinshasa to...

Double whammy: Both farmers and consumers hit by high prices

Jun. 09, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Food import bills will reach a record high this year and food markets are likely to tighten around the world, according to a glum new forecast by a U.N. food agency. The Food Outlook, issued twice a year by the Food and Agriculture Organization, also found that “many...

Allyson Felix has 'no regrets' after placing 7th in Rome

Jun. 09, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Allyson Felix had “no regrets” after a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters of what was likely her final Diamond League meet Thursday. It made no difference to Felix — the most decorated female track athlete in Olympic history who plans to retire later this...