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 ROME — A Calabrian parish priest who has criticized the 'Ndrangheta in his sermons survived an attempt to poison him by diluting his sacramental wine with bleach, the Corriere della Sera reported.

 Father Felice Palamara consecrated the Eucharist as normal during services at San Nicola di Pannaconi, his hamlet church in the province of Vibo Valentia. But when he moved to drink from his chalice of transubstantiated, sacramental wine, a strange smell made Palamara suddenly feel ill, he said. 

26 Feb 2024

 ROME – Italian tennis player Jasmine Paolini won the WTA 1000 in Dubai, beating Russian Anna Kalinskaya to rise to 14th in the world rankings.

 Maintaining Italy’s success in the tennis world, Paolini fought back from a first set loss to beat Kalinskaya 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

 Kalinskaya previously knocked Paolini out of the Australian Open in January.

 Paolini is the third Italian woman to win a WTA and eighth Italian woman to be in the top 15.

 Speaking after her victory, she said was “very happy” and “proud.”


26 Feb 2024

 ROME – Giorgia Meloni visited Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday where she met with Ukrainian president Zelensky on behalf of the G7 and the EU.

 Meloni and Zelensky held a joint press conference where they reiterated the need for a “Ukrainian victory” against Russia. Meloni's first words on Ukrainian soil affirmed that Ukraine is “a part of our home and we will defend it" as she attended a ceremony for soldiers who had defended Kiev's airport during the battle of Hostomel. 

24 Feb 2024

 ROME -- A café in Venafro, Molise, has launched an initiative where customers can buy a coffee for 50 cents, as long as they bring their own cup.

 The owners of the shop, Ida Di Ciacco and Moreno Spada, said the scheme was to help the environment and to also help people cut down on costs.

 The “green coffee” initiative means the café avoids “long, polluting high-temperature dishwasher cycles” and customers are provided with a cheaper, more sustainable way to enjoy their coffee.

23 Feb 2024

  ROME – The FAO Director General Qu Dongyu while travelling in Africa boasted to heads of state and government that he has the power “as a Chinese official” to have them removed from office and referred disparagingly to Western donors to the Food and Agriculture Organization as “Father Christmases” whose views don’t have to be taken into consideration, diplomatic sources say.

22 Feb 2024