ROME - Italian President Sergio Mattarella has signed three decrees granting pardon to three elderly men who murdered family members in despair. Franco Antonio Dri, Giancarlo Vergelli and Vitangelo Bini, murdered their drug addict son and wives suffering from Alzheimer's respectively.
COSENZA - Francesco Strangio, a fugitive of the Calabrian organised crime group 'Ndrangheta, was arrested Thursday night by the police force of Reggio Calabria and Cosenza. He was hiding in a flat on the top floor of a condominium in Rose, a small town in the Cosentino area.
Strangio now faces a sentence of 14 years in prison for international drug trafficking.
PARIS – Italian bishop Luigi Ventura, papal nuncio to France, is under investigation for sexual assault accusations. The city prosecutor’s office is reviewing a report from a young man who claimed that Ventura “molested a municipal official,” Il Fatto Quotidiano reported, quoting from French newspaper Le Monde.
The victim is allegedly a young official of the capital’s City Hall. The report claims that during an official ceremony at the Hotel de Ville on Jan. 17, the 74-year-old nuncio repeatedly violated the official.
ROME - Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has unveiled the Five Star Movement’s (M5S) manifesto for the countries it will ally with for the European Union (EU) elections, including a new Greek alliance. The Croatian Zivi Zid party, the Polish Kukiz’15 movement, the Finnish movement Liike Nyt and, the Greek party Akkel were the first allies to be announced.
VATICAN CITY – British Cardinal John Henry Newman, a theologian, scholar and one of the highest profile figures in British Catholicism, is to be made a saint after Pope Francis approved a miracle ascribed to him.
The miracle involved the healing of a pregnant American woman from a life-threatening hemorrhage that also risked the life of her baby in May 2013. The Church claims that the recovery had no scientific explanation and occurred immediately after Newman’s intercession.