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Italian TV: Beloved entertainer Raffaella Carra' dies at 78

ROME (AP) — Raffaella Carra’, for decades one of Italian television's most beloved entertainers, a woman affectionately nicknamed the “queen of Italian TV," died Monday at 78, Italian state TV quoted ...

Vatican says pope 'reacted well' to intestinal surgery

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff's condition. ...

Pope Francis: Thank you, Benedict, for praying for church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday offered an affectionate, public thank-you to Benedict XVI, whose retirement from the papacy in 2013 shocked the Roman Catholic Church and the world. ...

Pope voices 'affection' for Americans as he meets Blinken

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed his “affection” for the American people as he met at length Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken declined to delve i...

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible saintho...

Migrant arrivals by sea on Italian isle swell past 2,100

ROME (AP) — Several hundred more migrants reached a tiny Italian island before dawn on Monday, swelling to past 2,100 the number of arrivals in some 24 hours. Italian state radio sa...

More than 1,200 migrants reach Italian island on boats

ROME (AP) — More than 1,200 migrants in several decrepit, overcrowded fishing boats on Sunday reached a tiny Italian island in a span of 12 hours, as human traffickers exploited calm seas and warm wea...

Judge slain in Sicily by mafiosi put on path to sainthood

ROME (AP) — A magistrate slain by mobsters in Sicily and praised by two popes has been beatified by the Roman Catholic church on Sunday in the last formal step before possible sainthood. ...

Family upset that US youths get Italy's harshest sentence

ROME (AP) — The family of one of two American youths, both convicted of a fatal stabbing during a scuffle with an Italian police officer, on Thursday blasted the jury for ordering Italy's harshest pun...

Italy jury deliberates fate of 2 Americans in police slaying

ROME (AP) — A jury in Rome on Wednesday began deliberating the fates of two young American men who are charged with killing an Italian police officer near the hotel where they were staying while on su...

US men await their fate as murder trial nears end in Rome

ROME (AP) — The pandemic was just bearing down on Italy when the trial began of two young American men, charged with the murder of an Italian police officer near their hotel while they were on vacatio...

Pope prays for pandemic's end and for a 'horizon of hope'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis in a special prayer service on Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica invoked the end of the pandemic and a return of what he called “a horizon of hope," including a scenari...

Charity, military vessels bring 800-plus migrants to Italy

ROME (AP) — A charity group’s ship sailed toward a Sicilian port Saturday with 236 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean from human traffickers' boats, while Italian coast guard and border po...

Italian jury to soon mull Americans' fate over slain officer

ROME (AP) — An Italian jury will next week begin deliberating the fate of two young American men on trial for the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer while they were vacationing in Rome in 2019. ...

Rescue groups decry loss of migrant lives in Mediterranean

ROME (AP) — Rescue groups and the Vatican are decrying the latest deaths of migrants who put to sea in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats, amid laments that central Mediterranean nations are choosing not ...