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 ROME – Cardinal George Pell, the pope’s former finance czar, has returned to Rome for the first time since he was acquitted of child sexual abuse and released from an Australian prison, Italian media reports.

 The 79-year-old was this afternoon spotted at Fiumicino airport wearing a surgical mask before being driven to his apartment near the Vatican.

30 Sep 2020
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 ROME – The Italian cardinal embroiled in an embezzlement scandal had invested an additional 100 million pounds in luxury apartments in London, according to the Financial Times.

 New documents seen by the Times call into question the role of Cardinal Angelo Becciu in these investments at the time he went from deputy to acting Secretariat of State.

30 Sep 2020
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 LAMPEDUSA – The Finance Police have opened fire on a Tunisian fishing boat that ignored orders to stop, rammed the patrol boat and attempted to flee, police sources said on Wednesday.

 The drama began when the Mohanel Anmed boat was spotted dropping nets in Italian territorial waters, some nine miles off the coast of Lampedusa.

 When the Coast Guard and Finance Police approached the vessel, it rammed into the patrol boat sparking a chase in international waters.

30 Sep 2020
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 LECCE - The former flat mate of the couple found stabbed to death last week in Lecce has allegedly confessed to their murder saying he killed them because they were “too happy,” police sources said on Tuesday.

 Police arrested Antonio De Marco, 21, a student from Casarano, a town in the Lecce area, on Monday evening.

 Serie B referee Daniele De Santis, 33, and his fiancée Eleonora Manta, 30, a law graduate who had recently started a job at INPS, were murdered in their home in Lecce on Sept. 21.

29 Sep 2020
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 ROME – Pope Francis has shown solidarity with tourism workers, whose industry has been paralyzed by COVID-19, Italian media reported on Monday.

 Nothing has brought the tourism industry to its knees like COVID-19 - not even the 9/11 attacks or the global financial crisis (GFC) had the same devastating impact.

“The pandemic has hit this sector hard for so many countries. I address my encouragement to those who work in tourism, especially small family businesses and young people,” the pontiff said Sept. 27 – the day the UN declared World Tourism Day.

28 Sep 2020