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Jul 7, 2013
via FaithWorld

What would Jesus drive? Pope Francis tells priests to buy “humble” cars

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(A row of Ford Focus are seen at Koons Ford in Silver Spring, Maryland April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron )

Pope Francis said on Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, and told them to pick something more “humble”.

Jul 5, 2013

Syrian crop risks threaten to worsen food shortages -UN

ROME (Reuters) – Four million Syrians, a fifth of the population, are unable to produce or buy enough food, and farmers are short of the seed and fertilizers they need to plant their next crop, the United Nations said on Friday.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said Syria’s domestic wheat production over the next 12 months is likely to be severely compromised and that it will need to import 1.5 million metric tons of wheat for the 2013/14 season.

Jul 4, 2013

Global food prices fall, crop prospects improve

ROME, July 4 (Reuters) – Global food prices fell 1 percent
in June due to improving supply prospects, the United Nations’
food agency said on Thursday, raising forecasts for wheat and
maize output in the new season.

Food prices spiked during the summer of 2012 due to a
historic drought in the United States but prospects for a
rebound in global grain supply and good weather forecasts are
now weighing on markets.

Jun 27, 2013

Won’t move, can’t move: euro zone’s jobless sit tight

PARIS/ROME (Reuters) – The car plant where 46-year-old Agathe Martin works is shutting down, but when PSA Peugeot offered her a job in another factory elsewhere in the Paris region she said “Non”.

After 17 years working in the same plant, taking the job would have meant either a much longer commute or losing her cheap social housing and uprooting her two daughters in a move.

Jun 27, 2013

Won’t move, can’t move: euro zone’s jobless sit tight

PARIS/ROME, June 27 (Reuters) – The car plant where
46-year-old Agathe Martin works is shutting down, but when PSA
Peugeot offered her a job in another factory elsewhere in the
Paris region she said “Non”.

After 17 years working in the same plant, taking the job

would have meant either a much longer commute or
losing her cheap social housing and uprooting her two daughters
in a move.

Jun 20, 2013

Italians debate citizenship rights amid resurgent racism

ROME (Reuters) – Savio Warnakulasuriya, born in Rome this month, will have to wait for 18 years before he can be sure of being able to remain in the country where he came into the world.

Until then his right to stay in Italy is tied to the permits of his Sri Lankan parents to work as domestic helpers. These papers have to be renewed every two years.

Jun 18, 2013

Italian court says Knox murder acquittal had inconsistencies

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s top court said on Tuesday it had ordered a retrial of American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher because their acquittals contained “shortcomings, contradictions and inconsistencies.”

Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito were initially found guilty of killing the 21-year-old Leeds University student in 2007 during what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault, but both were cleared on appeal in 2011.

Jun 14, 2013

Pope Francis and new Anglican leader meet, note differences

VATICAN CITY, June 14 (Reuters) – Pope Francis and the new
head of the world’s Anglicans acknowledged deep differences over
issues ranging from gay rights to women priests but pledged to
seek unity when they met on Friday for the first time since both
took office in March.

Relations between the Catholic and Anglican churches have
been strained for years, especially over Anglican ordination of
women as priests, and the meeting at the Vatican was billed as
an opportunity to reduce tensions.

Jun 10, 2013

Italy local elections give boost to PM Letta

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s battered center-left won the election for mayor of Rome on Monday and appeared set to do well in other cities, giving a lift to Prime Minister Enrico Letta as he strives to control an uneasy coalition with traditional rivals on the right.

The center-left candidate, former surgeon Ignazio Marino, took 63.8 percent of votes in a run-off ballot on Sunday and Monday, defeating the outgoing mayor Gianni Alemanno who won 36.2 percent, a partial Interior Ministry count showed.

Jun 10, 2013

Letta hopes for morale lift from weary Italian voters

ROME, June 10 (Reuters) – Italian local elections that end
on Monday could give a morale boost to Prime Minister Enrico
Letta and confirm that support for the populist 5-Star Movement
is waning.

Despite a slump in turnout as Italians lose faith in their
politicians, Letta hopes for a positive result for his
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), which nearly imploded after
throwing away a 10-point lead it held ahead of February’s
inconclusive general election.