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World Jul 05Pope alert and well a day after intestinal surgery, Vatican says
The brief medical bulletin contained the first details the Vatican released after the Pope underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half his colon.
World Jul 04Pope Francis in hospital for scheduled intestinal surgery
Pope Francis went to a Rome hospital on Sunday for scheduled surgery on his large intestine, the Vatican said. The news came just three hours after Francis had cheerfully greeted the public in St. Peter’s Square and told them he…
World Jun 26Big Pride parade in Paris; Turkish police stop marchers
Authorities have banned Istanbul Pride events since 2015, citing public security, and more recently, COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The Cumhuriyet newspaper said at least 25 people were detained.
World Jun 06Pope voices ‘pain’ over Canadian deaths, doesn’t apologize
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run residential schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on “this sad affair.” But he didn’t offer…
World Apr 04In Easter speech, pope calls wars in pandemic ‘scandalous’
Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as “scandalous” how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor.
Health Apr 03Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine
Octogenarians in Tuscany watched in disbelief and indignation as lawyers, magistrates, professors and other younger professionals got vaccinated against COVID-19 before them, despite government pledges of prioritizing Italy’s oldest citizens. Even some of their adult children jumped ahead of them.
World Feb 20Pope, others hail Italian health workers on COVID anniversary
Pope Francis and Italy’s president on Saturday marked a newly established annual day to honor doctors, nurses and other health care workers, exactly one year after the nation’s first known native case of COVID-19 emerged.
World Feb 13Draghi takes helm in Italy, focused on pandemic recovery aid
Draghi and his 23 Cabinet ministers took their oaths of office at the Quirinal presidential palace. Italian President Sergio Mattarella had tasked the former European Central Bank president with trying to form a government up to managing the the health,…
World Jan 19Italian Prime Minister wins crucial vote in Senate with very thin margin
In pitching for the Senate's backing, Giuseppe Conte acknowledged his government's survival was in its hands. “If we don't have the (vote) numbers, this government goes home,” he said.
World Dec 25A pandemic Christmas: Churches shut, borders complicated
Curfews, quarantines and even border closings complicated Christmas celebrations Friday for countless people around the globe, but ingenuity, determination and imagination helped keep the day special for many.