VATICAN CITY- In a letter to head organiser of the Jubilee, Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis called Tuesday for a worldwide amnesty, requesting those concerned to ask for forgiveness for committing abortion, a grave sin according to Roman Catholic doctrine. “I have decided to allow all priests for the Jubilee Year the ability to absolve the sin of abortion for those who truly repent and have asked for forgiveness.”
ROME- An educational workshop about the Romantic poet Byron’s legacy will be held at the Keats-Shelley House, which according to organisers will welcome people of all ages, so long as they have a passion to learn.
ROME- An 18 year-old man from the Ivory Coast has been accused of the murder of a couple, killed in their house during a break-in on Sunday in Palagonia, south Italy.
ROME- Two people acting as soldiers were killed and five were injured on Saturday when a rifle exploded during a highway robbery re-enactment in a rural area of Potenza, south Italy.
The two men, who were impersonating soldiers, were killed by the splinters of the rifle from the explosion, one dying immediately and the other in hospital. Another man has also had to have his forearm amputated after shrapnel pierced the sleeve of his uniform. He remains in hospital in the surgical emergency unit, with a prognosis of 30 days.
VATICAN CITY- Former Polish Archbishop Monsignor Józef Wesolowski, previously accused of paedophilia, was found dead in his residence in the Vatican on Friday sources say. Wesolowski was awaiting trial for a number of charges for abuse which took allegedly place in his residence in the Dominican Republic.
ROME- Depsite the mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro having ruled that gay pride celebrations will not be held in the city, he announced on Friday that the celebrations will now be taking place this year, a complete contradiction to his statement just days before. Brugnaro had told those who oppose the ruling to “go and do it in Milan, or in front of their own homes” and that Venice will never hold a gay pride again.
ROME— The Miss Italia beauty contest has often been criticised as a throwback to a misogynistic past but the participation this year of a woman of Moroccan origin appears to have turned the pageant into an unlikely battleground for female emancipation.
Ahlam El Brinis, from Montebelluna in northeast Italy, says she is a non-practising Muslim and religion has nothing to do with it, but newspaper headlines have painted her as “the miss who challenges Islam” and she has been insulted and threatened on Facebook for her scantily-clad appearances on the catwalk.
ROME- Mario Balotelli and Juan Cuadrado have both agreed returns to Italy after troubled spells in England. Subject to the results of Tuesday’s medical the Italian striker will return to Milan, on a season-long loan from Liverpool, while the Colombian has joined reigning champions Juventus from Chelsea.
ROME- Italy sees an all-time low in adoptions this year, with associations citing the cost, the waiting time and no guarantee of a child as being the primary reasons for the decline. In 2010, 4130 children were adopted in Italy whilst in the first half of 2014 there were only 950 adoptions, a 30 percent decrease from the same period in 2010. Analysts say that this year shows a further decrease.