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 VATICAN CITY --  Pope Francis will have an historic meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill in a move towards greater reconciliation between the two churches, the Vatican announced Friday. 

 The pontiff is due to meet the Russian Patriarch on next Friday Feb. 12 in Cuba, during a stopover on his visit to Mexico, where the Patriarch will also be on an official visit.

5 Feb 2016
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 ROME -- A murder enquiry has been opened by Italian magistrates into the death of Italian Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge postgraduate student found dead in a ditch in Cairo with alleged torture marks. Regeni had been working as a freelance journalist for the left-wing Italian newspaper 'Il Manifesto', writing under a pseudonym after he expressed fears of reprisals from the Egyptian authorities for an article he was writing on trade unions in Egypt.

5 Feb 2016
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 ROME -- Housing activists have occupied a church in central Rome in protest against continued evictions by the authorities, and are demanding "a Jubilee suspension of evictions and forced evacuations."

5 Feb 2016
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 ROME -- Raphael Schumacher is in a coma after a scene in the play he was appearing in went awry and the 27-year-old, Brunate-born actor was hanged too realistically on stage, hospital officials said Thursday.  The play, an experimental piece called ‘Miraggi’ (Mirages), was taking place in Pisa – an immersive six-scene performance, staged in different parts of the theatre, the hanging took place at the end of Schumacher’s monologue in the courtyard of the theatre, where the noose had been suspended from a fig tree.

4 Feb 2016
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 ROME -- A campaign has been launched by the British Embassy in Rome to encourage UK citizens living abroad to vote in the upcoming UK referendum on membership of the European Union.

4 Feb 2016