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For sale: Rome villa restored by Texas princess auctioned

Dec. 01, 2021 02:48 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A villa in the heart of Rome that features the only known ceiling painted by Caravaggio is being put up for auction by court order after the home was restored by its last occupants: a Texas-born princess and her late husband, a member of one of Rome’s aristocratic families. ...

Fresh snow beckons Italian skiers returning after 20 months

Nov. 27, 2021 08:46 AM EST

SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy (AP) — After nearly two years of being restricted to watching snow accumulate on distant mountains, Italian skiers are finally returning to the slopes that have been off-limits since the first pandemic lockdown in March 2020. But just as...

Pope donates watch to annual fundraiser for scholarships

Nov. 27, 2021 01:06 AM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Even after 15-year-old Brian LaViolette lost his life in a swimming accident in the summer of 1992, the watches he collected over the years kept track of the time. Twenty-nine years later, a Swatch wristwatch would arrive to Green Bay from...

Cyprus: pope will transfer migrants to Italy after visit

Nov. 25, 2021 12:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis is arranging to transfer a number of migrants to Italy from the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, where he is opening a three-day visit next week, a Cypriot government official said on Thursday. Government spokesman Marios...

Pope hopes charity match deals a "kick" to exclusion

Nov. 20, 2021 09:01 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is hoping that a charity soccer match that includes Swiss Guards, Vatican employees, priests, a player with Down syndrome, migrants and members of the Roma community will deal a significant “kick” to discrimination. The match takes place...

Bishops OK Communion document, avoid direct rebuff to Biden

Nov. 17, 2021 22:17 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a long-anticipated document on Communion on Wednesday that stops short of calling for withholding the sacrament from politicians such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights but offers plenty of tacit justification...

Lazio hosts Vatican friendly against World Roma Federation

Nov. 16, 2021 09:54 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Lazio is sponsoring a soccer friendly between the Vatican and a team from the World Roma Federation in its latest effort to promote tolerance amid further episodes of racism and fascism from Lazio fans. Captain Ciro Immobile will referee Sunday’s...

Italian city defies China, opens exhibit by dissident artist

Nov. 13, 2021 07:39 AM EST

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — A provocative exhibit by dissident Chinese artist Badiucao opened Saturday in the industrial northern Italian city of Brescia despite pressure from the Chinese embassy in Rome to cancel it. A letter from the embassy included veiled economic...

UN: World food prices hit new peak; wheat harvests a factor

Nov. 04, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — World food prices are the highest since July 2011, reflecting in part reduced wheat harvests by major exporters and higher palm oil prices, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said...

Pandemic, politics drive Xi's absence from global talks

Nov. 03, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — This week's global climate talks in Scotland and the recent G-20 summit in Rome aren't the only international meetings that China's leader has not attended in person. Xi Jinping hasn't left China in nearly 22 months, since January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic first...