Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis on Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff’s trip to both countries in September.
The brother of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the pope for nearly an hour – unusually long for a papal meeting – during a visit the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit.
ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was gradually reopening on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building and forced the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, was shut down when the blaze started in Terminal 3 just after midnight (2200 GMT).
ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was closed on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building but nobody was seriously hurt in the blaze, officials said.
The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, will remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.
ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Luxury watchmaker Rolex demanded an
apology on Wednesday from Italy’s prime minister and interior
minister for saying that violent demonstrators who devastated
parts of Milan last week were “rich, spoiled brats with
The company took out full-page advertisements in major
national newspapers to contest comments both politicians made
after police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and
petrol bombs and broke shop windows.
ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday faces the first of three confidence votes to ram through a fiercely contested electoral reform law that has left his party lacerated and raised the specter of early elections.
“If this does not pass, the government resigns,” Renzi said in a letter published in Wednesday’s La Stampa newspaper. “If anyone wants a premier who postpones things, I am not the right person. If they want a procrastinator, they should choose someone else.”
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against skeptics who deny human activities help change global weather patterns.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed climate change with the pope before opening a one-day conference of scientists and religious leaders called “The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.
Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Police burst into the home of the group’s suspected spiritual leader, in the northern city of Bergamo, a video released by them showed.
ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian police said on Friday
they were staging a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an
armed organisation inspired by al Qaeda whose members were ready
to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A series of raids across the country was targetting 18
people, they said. Some had been arrested in Italy, including of
the group’s suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed
to have left the country.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian police said on Friday they were carrying out a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an organization inspired by al Qaeda that wanted to support attacks against Pakistan’s government and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Police wiretaps had determined that two people among 18 targeted by arrest warrants were suspected of being part of a group that had protected al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011, a statement said.