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Recent articles by Frances:

1st round of vote for Italian president fails amid stalemate

A first round of voting to elect Italy's next president has failed as expected amid a political impasse → Read More

Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

Former premier Silvio Berlusconi has bowed out of Italy’s presidential election set for next week → Read More

Silvio Berlusconi withdraws from Italy’s presidential election

Beleaguered former premier Silvio Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy’s president → Read More

Italy's next moral compass? Berlusconi, 85, eyes presidency

Italy is poised to elect a new president, meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and foster unity by rising above the political fray. → Read More

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. → Read More

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Italy, Spain and other European countries are reinstating or stiffening mask mandates as their hospitals struggle with mounting numbers of COVID-19 patients → Read More

Masks rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Italy, Spain and other European countries are reinstating or stiffening mask mandates as their hospitals struggle with mounting numbers of COVID-19 patients → Read More

Italy requires coronavirus vaccines for people 50 and older

ROME (AP) — The Italian government approved a measure Wednesday requiring people older than 50 to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. as the country struggles with nearly daily new records of fresh infections fueled by the omicron variant. Earlier in the day, 189,000 new infections were confirmed in the country of some 59 million people. → Read More

Pope Francis urges world to focus on ‘the good that unites us’ in New Year’s address

Thousands of Rome residents and tourists, wearing face masks as protection against the spread of the coronavirus, gathered in St. Peter’s Square on a sunny, mild day to hear Francis lay out his recipe for world peace → Read More

Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his New Year's wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. "We are still living in uncertain and difficult times due to the pandemic," Francis said. → Read More

Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good

In his New Year's wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. → Read More

Pope, in New Year's homily, praises women as peacemakers

Pope Francis has ushered in the new year by praising the skills women bring to promoting peace in the world → Read More

Pope, in New Year's homily, praises women as peacemakers

Pope Francis ushered in the new year Saturday by praising the skills women bring to promoting peace in the world, and he equated violence against women to an offense against God. → Read More

Italian Coast Guard rescues 550 migrants from stormy seas

ROCCELLA JONICA, Italy (AP) — The Italian Coast Guard on Sunday safely brought to shore more than 550 migrants, many of them young men or boys from Egypt, from storm-tossed waters off the southern "toe" of Italy's mainland, as human traffickers increasingly use a new route. One rescue began Saturday night and ended early Sunday when the 303 migrants, soaked and shivering, stepped on to the port… → Read More

Pope: Don't judge the poor, often victims of injustice

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decried societies which rush indifferently past the poor, often judging them instead of helping them, as he celebrated Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by 2,000 indigent people. During his homily, Francis also made an made the appeal against what he called "growing indifference" to the poor, who, he said, are often forced into poverty by injustice.… → Read More

Pope: Don't judge the poor, often victims of injustice

Pope Francis is decrying society which “hurries past” the poor, judges them and leaves them to their fate → Read More

Italy offers boosters to those over 40 amid 4th virus wave

Italy is expanding the number of people eligible for a booster vaccine as the 4th wave in the COVID-19 pandemic grips Europe → Read More

German rescue boat with 800 migrants reaches Sicilian port

The charity group Sea-Eye said the vessel Sea-Eye 4 was assigned to the port of Trapani, in western Sicily, on Saturday evening. → Read More

German rescue boat with 800 migrants reaches Sicilian port

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship with more than 800 rescued migrants, including 15 very young children, steamed into a Sicilian port on Sunday after being granted permission by Italian authorities following days of waiting in the Mediterranean Sea. The charity group Sea-Eye said the vessel Sea-Eye 4 was assigned to the port of Trapani, in western Sicily, on Saturday evening. → Read More

Madagascar on the brink of famine due to climate change, UN warns

The head of the U.N. food aid agency says the drought-stricken island nation of Madagascar is a "wake up call" to what the world can expect in coming years due to climate change. → Read More