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VATICAN CITY – This year’s Via Crucis, held annually at the Colosseum on Good Friday, will incorporate significant roles for students as Pope Francis hands over responsibilities to the younger generation.

 The pontiff’s decision to embrace student participation passes over the writing of thoughts and meditations, for the first time, to people ranging from 16 to 27 years old. The students, predominantly composed of women, are set to read out their texts at different Stations whilst the event depicts the poignant, final moments of the Passion of Christ.

30 Mar 2018
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ROME – The Association of the Foreign Press in Rome has elected its first female president for two decades in a move that is being hailed as an important and innovative step forward. 

 Esma Çakir, 38, was elected in the build-up to Easter. She has been a member of the association since arriving in Italy in 2009 and works as a correspondent for the Turkish press on behalf of Doğan News Agency (DHA) and the television channel, NTV.

30 Mar 2018
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VATICAN CITY – Several pieces of plaster fell from Saint Peter’s Basilica, fortunately causing no harm, in a narrow escape for many tourists. The plaster crashed down from a pillar on the Basilica’s left nave and the area was quickly sealed off as workers arrived at the scene.

30 Mar 2018
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ROME – The terror cell associated with Anis Amri, the perpetrator of the massacre at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016, considered a strike in the Italian capital itself, with an attack on a metro station in the west of the city.  

 According to La Repubblica, throughout the month of June 2015, Amri and six other Tunisians had met after prayers druing the holy month of Ramadan in an Islamic centre on Via Chiascio in the city of Latina. The topic of conversation amongst the group was a plan to attack the Laurentina metro station in Rome.

30 Mar 2018
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MILAN – Silvio Berlusconi has lodged an appeal against his disqualification from running for political office at a court in Milan in the hopes of reinvigorating his party, Forza Italia, which saw its share of the votes in Italy’s recent elections drop precipitously.

 The request was handed to the Supervision Court of Milan on March 12, four days after the expiry of a three-year moratorium period on appeals, but only revealed by Correire della Sera on Friday. The case is likely to be heard before July of this year, though the hearings will be behind closed doors.    

30 Mar 2018
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PAVIA – Mexican police said they had no hypothesis on Friday regarding the killing of a financial intermediary from the town of Pavia, whose body was found not far from Mexico City with two gunshots to the head and a sinister warning from a drug cartel about stealing, according to authorities in the Province of Pavese.

 Alberto Villani, 37, was a financial broker who travelled often for business and had been born in Valencia. He is believed to have left for Mexico on Feb 23 for work reasons.

30 Mar 2018
Daisy Raichura

  FLORENCE- Between March 30 and April 2, the Renaissance city will host a series of celebrations for Easter, with many established customs cherished by both locals and tourists. 

 

  Contrary to the weather, spring is now upon us, meaning that Easter coincides with the beginning of the tourist season for the Tuscan capital. The bustling crowds and children flock together to see the myriad of spectacles. 

30 Mar 2018
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ROME – A public prosecutor from the Italian capital has requested harsher sentences for the former head of a neo-fascist terrorist group, his right-hand man and the leader of a similar organisation. The prosecutor’s demands find basis under Article 416bis, signifying that the allegations entail mafia association.

29 Mar 2018
Tim Wade

ROME – Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s film about the life of Silvio Berlusconi, will be released in two parts in April and May of this year, and promises to explore one of Italy’s most charismatic and controversial contemporary figures.  

 The Italian director’s stature has grown enormously in recent years with his film The Great Beauty winning the Best Foreign Picture category at the Oscars in 2014. More recently, he directed the television series, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law.

29 Mar 2018

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