ROME -- Italy politicians and local communities alike have paid tribute to the tens of thousands of Italians killed during an ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Yugoslav Partisans towards the end of the Second World War, marking Italy's Feb. 10 Remembrance Day commemorations.
ROME -- The body of Padre Pio, known formally as St. Pius of Pietrelcina, was on display in Rome for a week with hundreds of thousands making the pilgrimage to worship the holy saint’s remains. On Thursday his body was taken from the Eternal City to return to his original hometown of Pietrelcina.
ROME -- In the wake of the murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni, the Egyptian tourism minister has cancelled a scheduled visit to Milan for the annual BIT international tourism trade fair at which he had been due to unveil new Egyptian security measures aimed at encouraging tourism in the country, officials said.
BOLZANO -- Money that seemed bound for a humanitarian organisation, given by thousands of people, who were for the most part elderly and resident abroad, to a trustworthy priest, only for it reportedly to end in his pocket. A scam to the value of 30 million euros, with all the semblance of a real criminal gang, allegedly run by Monsignor Patrizio Benvenuti, according to the Bolzano prosecution office.
VATICAN CITY -- Marking Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, Pope Francis spoke in Saint Peter’s Square calling for a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. An audio message was also sent via the popular social media device Whatsapp to the young people of the Prelature of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in the first contribution in the “Keep Lent” initiative of the Shrine’s youth ministry office.