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ROME - Pope Francis appeared uncharacteristically annoyed by his congregation in a speech he gave on Wednesday. The pontiff, eyes almost rolling, adopted the role of a movie theatre usher as he pleaded with people to stop chatting and taking selfies during mass.

 The Pontiff, loved by the world over for his calm and kind demeanour, has apparently been drained of his saintly patience as he had to explain that “taking out your phone to like a photo on Facebook” might not be fully embracing the spirit of mass.

22 Nov 2017
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ROME - Two female students, 20 and 21, have flown from America to Florence in order to testify against two carabinieri who allegedly raped them on Wednesday. They were transported from the airport in a windowless van to a secure location ahead of the trial. It is the first time they have returned since they left following their interaction with the accused.

22 Nov 2017
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MILAN - Classified Government information has been sold to consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) in a secret scheme lasting for years and costing 220 thousand euros, according to the accusation of the Prosecutors of Milan Paolo Filippini and Giovanni Polizzi. Both EY (Italy) as a company and senior partner Marco Ragusa has been accused of “corruption.”

22 Nov 2017
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ROME - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held the first and only hearing of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against his ban from holding office. Berlusconi was banned from running by the ECHR in 2012 after he was convicted of tax-fraud.

 Under the current judgement, he will be unable to run for public office until 2019. His decision to appeal the court’s decision shows his desire to run in the 2018 general elections after demonstrating that Italy still holds a place in the heart of the controversial politician during the Sicilian mayoral election.

22 Nov 2017
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 ROME-- Running the Anglican Centre in the Eternal City may sound like a quixotic task pursuing elusive ecumenical unity. But Burundian Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, the first African in the post, hopes to use his office atop the Palazzo Doria Pamphili as a springboard to resolve conflicts in Africa, nurture joint policies with Roman Catholics to combat people smuggling and modern slavery in the war torn Middle East, and foster the education of the poor. 

22 Nov 2017