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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.
World Dec 13Italy surpasses UK for worst COVID-19 death toll in Europe
Italy has eclipsed Britain to become the nation with the worst official coronavirus death toll in Europe, with 64,520, to Britain’s 64,267.
Nation Jun 26Confirmed new virus cases hit a new high in U.S.
The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led…
World Apr 05Palm Sunday: Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter’s
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others. Looking pensive…
World Mar 27Pope prays for ‘fragile’ humanity in need of help during the pandemic
Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented.”…