Correspondent, Rome, Italy
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Feb 23, 2013

Italy finds no trace of horse DNA in Nestle mince meals

ROME/ZURICH (Reuters) – Italy’s Health Ministry said on Saturday that tests had found no trace of horse DNA in minced beef meals by Swiss food giant Nestle that were removed from sale on Monday.

Nestle removed the ready-made beef ravioli and tortellini sold under its Buitoni brand from shelves in Italy and Spain and halted production of the meals after its own tests had found more than 1 percent horse DNA in the products.

Feb 22, 2013

We are women not dolls, say Berlusconi supporters

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s party has invited female supporters to sign a manifesto saying that their decision to vote for him does not make them worthy of ridicule.

“I am a woman, not a doll,” begins the manifesto on the party’s website and printed in a full-page advertisement in Italy’s leading newspaper days before a general election that Berlusconi’s centre right looks likely to lose.

Feb 21, 2013

Monti says Germany’s Merkel not involved in Italian election

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
rowed back on Thursday from comments suggesting that German
Chancellor Angela Merkel did not want his centre-left rivals to
win power.

Monti, leading a centrist coalition in a Feb. 24-25
election, was quoted a day earlier as saying he did not think
Merkel had “any wish to see the PD in government”, referring to
the Democratic Party, the main centre-left force which has been
leading in opinion polls.

Feb 19, 2013

Italian woman demands Berlusconi apology for sex banter

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian woman has demanded an apology from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he crudely joked with her on stage about sex, days before a national election.

Angela Bruno, a 30-year-old employee of renewable energy firm Gruppo Green Power, said in an interview on the La7 Channel that her 13-year-old daughter had cried for days after seeing a video of the encounter at a business event, and the response it provoked.

Feb 15, 2013
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Pope Benedict – a resignation foretold, if you knew where to look

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(Director Nanni Moretti (L) and cast member Michel Piccoli pose as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film “Habemus Papam” (We Have A Pope) in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 13, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier )

Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement on Monday shocked many in the Roman Catholic world and beyond, yet for those who know where to look, there were portents aplenty.

Feb 12, 2013
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In uncharted retirement, ex-Pope Benedict to live on at heart of Vatican

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(The monastery from where Pope Benedict XVI will retire from March 2013 is seen at the Vatican in this picture taken in January 2011.  REUTERS/Mark Kortum )

Pope Benedict may be retreating into a life of prayer but the first retired pontiff since the Middle Ages will, physically at least, remain at the very heart of the Vatican.

Feb 12, 2013

In uncharted retirement, pope to live on at heart of Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict may be retreating into a life of prayer but the first retired pontiff since the Middle Ages will, physically at least, remain at the very heart of the Vatican.

The convent of Mater Ecclesiae – Mother of the Church – is being renovated and following Benedict’s shock resignation will offer him a substantial, four-storey, modern home, complete with contemporary chapel, garden and a roof terrace looking out from a rise dominated by the Holy See’s TV transmission tower.

Feb 11, 2013

Liberals, women priest advocates urge change after Benedict

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Supporters of liberal reform in the Catholic Church said on Monday they hoped Pope Benedict’s successor would give a greater voice to women and reconsider rules on priestly celibacy, women priests and same-sex couples.

Benedict, who, like his predecessor John Paul, firmly opposed the ordination of women priests and described gay marriage as a threat to humanity’s future, said on Monday he would resign at the end of February, announcing the first papal abdication in 700 years.

Feb 7, 2013

World food prices stable, low stocks pose risk of spikes: U.N.

ROME (Reuters) – World food prices stabilized in January after falling in the previous three months, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, but it warned that adverse crop weather could cause violent price spikes due to tight grains stocks.

Global food prices surged in mid-2012 following the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century and dry weather in other key grains exporters, raising fears of a food crisis similar to the one in 2008.

Feb 4, 2013

Ministers urge religious chiefs to oppose genital mutilation

ROME (Reuters) – Religious leaders must convince women carrying out female genital mutilation that it is not required by scripture and it can cause infection, infertility or even death in young girls, African ministers said on Monday.

The practice is prevalent in 28 African countries and parts of the Middle East and Asia, notably Yemen, Iraqi Kurdistan and Indonesia. There are several types including partial or total removal of the genitalia and narrowing of the vaginal opening.