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Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

Jun. 24, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes. He urged them...

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...

Pope orders online release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files

Jun. 23, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announced Thursday, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files...

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...

Families, from Ukraine, elsewhere, tell pope of woes, joys

Jun. 22, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Families from many places, including war-ravaged Ukraine, told Pope Francis their stories of joys, sorrows and hopes at an event on a stage at the Vatican Wednesday evening. The occasion at the Vatican’s auditorium was part of events this week for the World...

Italy's 5-Stars in chaos as Di Maio splits, forms new group

Jun. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s political landscape shifted Wednesday after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formalized his departure from the 5-Star Movement, splitting with the party he helped found over its Ukraine policy and other differences. Di Maio announced his departure after Premier...

Italy's Draghi gets backing for government line on Ukraine

Jun. 21, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi secured Senate backing Tuesday to continue supporting Ukraine against Russia, following calls from the 5-Star Movement leadership for Italy to stop sending weapons and focus more on diplomacy. Draghi outlined Italy’s Ukraine policy, and briefed...

Luxury market seen as growing in 2022 despite inflation, war

Jun. 21, 2022 10:27 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Neither inflation nor the war in Ukraine are threatening to take a bite out of the luxury fashion market, according to a study published Tuesday. While much of the world is fretting over higher fuel and energy prices, the study by Bain & Company consultancy...

EXPLAINER: What's next after Russia reduced gas to Europe?

Jun. 21, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner. Here are key things to know about the energy...

Gucci unveils 'HaHaHa' collaboration with Harry Styles

Jun. 20, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — By Monday's fourth and final day of Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next spring and summer, designers seemed to have understood the assignment. Looks appeared more weather appropriate than on the weekend, as soaring temperatures provided a reminder that...