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Feb 29, 2012
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Vatican Secret Archives show Galileo signature, Henry VIII letter, Templar scroll

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(The signature of Galileo Galilei is seen on a document displayed during the exhibition "Lux in Arcana, the Vatican secret Archives reveals itself" at the Capitoline Museums in Rome February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time.

Feb 29, 2012

Vatican archive treasures in first public display

ROME (Reuters) – Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time.

In the large parchment letter, hung with over 80 pendant seals attached with red silk ribbon, they alluded to the “extreme remedies” they could pursue if their request were refused.

Feb 23, 2012

Gates pushes UN food agencies to do more to help poor

ROME, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Billionaire philanthropist
Bill Gates told the United Nations’ hunger-fighting agencies
they were inefficient and urged their leaders on Thursday to set
new targets, redirect resources and turn to technology to make
better progress.

The Microsoft founder’s $34 billion foundation, one of the
world’s most generous, said the three Rome-based agencies should
set a goal for raising farm productivity and introduce a system
of scoring states publicly for their efforts to reduce poverty.

Feb 14, 2012

Italian women hope for workplace changes post-Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Maria Grazia Fera was looking forward to getting back to work after her first child was born. But three months into her maternity leave, her temporary contract as a teacher for the disabled expired and suddenly, her job was gone.

More than two years later, the 31-year-old is still out of work and often passed over by potential employers now she has a small daughter.

Feb 10, 2012
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Catholic Church launches Internet project to help clergy fight pedophiles

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(Irish Cardinal Sean Brady walks at the Gregorian Pontifical University ahead of a news conference in downtown Rome February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Roman Catholic Church leaders unveiled an Internet teaching project on Thursday to help clergy around the world root out pedophiles in their ranks and protect children from potential abusers.

Feb 10, 2012

Italy industry output rises unexpectedly in December

ROME, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Italian industrial output
rose unexpectedly in December, data showed on Friday,
contrasting with falls in German and French output and giving
some analysts hope that the pace of a new recession for Italy
may ease in the first quarter.

National statistics office ISTAT said Italy’s output rose
1.4 percent from the previous month, way above a forecast 0.5
percent fall in a Reuters’ poll of analysts and accelerating
from a 0.3 percent rise in November.

Feb 10, 2012

Catholic leaders to use Internet against pedophiles

ROME (Reuters) – Roman Catholic Church leaders unveiled an Internet teaching project on Thursday to help clergy around the world root out pedophiles in their ranks and protect children from potential abusers.

Ending a four-day conference on child abuse in Rome, Father Francois-Xavier Dumortier said the 1.2 million euro ($1.60 million) project would provide multilingual advice and access to research on pedophilia and how to respond to the problem.

Feb 7, 2012

Victim urges penalties for bishops who don’t tackle sex abuse

ROME (Reuters) – An Irish victim of clerical abuse said Tuesday that Catholic Church guidelines on how to root out pedophile priests and protect children needed to be backed up by penalties for bishops who fail to implement them.

Speaking at a major conference in Rome on the sex abuse crisis, Marie Collins said rules without sanctions were too easily ignored and cases were often swept under the carpet, allowing pedophiles to carry on molesting children.

Jan 16, 2012

Friends turn to social media to find cruise ship survivors

ROME (Reuters) – Friends and relatives of passengers who were on board a capsized Italian cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 people have turned to social media to search for loved ones and vent their anger and shock at the disaster in which at least six people died.

“My cousin and my niece are still among the missing… someone said they were airlifted out but there are no traces…please let me know if you’ve seen them!” wrote Sabrina Ottaviani on a Facebook forum, above a photo of her relatives.

Jan 8, 2012

Italy plans gradual liberalization to boost economy

ROME (Reuters) – Italy plans gradual liberalizations in sectors ranging from energy to professional services to revive its ailing economy, the industry minister said on Sunday, ahead of meetings with European partners to discuss ways to stem the debt crisis.

The liberalizations, which include moves to boost competition and relax some regulation in the euro zone’s third largest economy, will be included in a new set of growth-enhancing reforms due to follow the 33 billion euro austerity plan passed last month.