Samantha Wernham
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ROME --  The so-called ‘Golden Boy’ of Italian football, internationally recognised as a sporting legend, Francesco Totti was celebrating his 40th birthday and a lifetime of achievements on the pitch Tuesday.

 Top goal scorer and most capped player in the history of his one and only club, Roma, this milestone presented an opportunity to review his record-studded reign.

27 Sep 2016
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME -- Indian diplomat Vimlendra Sharan has been offered the job of heading the FAO’s Washington liason office, meaning that the post would be held for the first time in recent memory by someone from outside the Rome-based UN agency, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

27 Sep 2016
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 PALERMO -- Corleone’s carabinieri paramilitary police have arrested 12 people Tuesday accused of association with mafia dealings, extortion and corruption, under the guidance of the district’s anti-mafia management.

 Eight business men from this hillside town near Palermo who knew about a mafia bribe affair got together and decided to denounce the Mafiosi to the authorities. Thus the wall of silence surrounding the Corleone Mafia crumbles in a novelty never before seen in the town -- victims themselves turning to judges.

27 Sep 2016
Philip Willan
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 ROME -- Pope Francis declined to invite the Dalai Lama to a religious summit in Assisi, in what critics said was an attempt to curry favour with China, where delicate negotiations were under way over the future of the Catholic Church in the world’s most populous nation.

 The Dalai Lama’s secretary, Tenzin Taklha, told the Catholic news agency AsiaNews that the Tibetan religious leader did not attend the summit at Assisi on Sept. 20 as he had not received an invitation.

27 Sep 2016
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 CARTAGENA -- Pope Francis’ Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the occasion of the official Colombian peace deal signing, made a speech and led the prayer prior to the singing, the Vatican said Tuesday.

 In this Caribbean coastal city, such an important landmark in Colombia’s turbulent history, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, gave a speech on behalf of the pontiff who himself wanted to express his great love and admiration for this Latin-American country.

27 Sep 2016