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Aug 15, 2015

At least 40 migrants die in Mediterranean: Italy navy

ROME (Reuters) – At least 40 migrants died after apparently getting trapped and suffocating in the water-logged hold of a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Saturday.

The victims are thought to have suffocated after inhaling fumes from fuel after the boat took on water in the hold, the captain of the navy ship leading the rescue said on Italian state television.

Aug 15, 2015

At least 40 migrants die in Mediterranean – Italy navy

ROME, Aug 15 (Reuters) – At least 40 migrants died after
apparently getting trapped and suffocating in the water-logged
hold of a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy
said on Saturday.

The victims are thought to have suffocated after inhaling
fumes from fuel after the boat took on water in the hold, the
captain of the navy ship leading the rescue said on Italian
state television.

Aug 14, 2015
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Interview: Pope trip will “unleash something wonderful” – U.S. envoy to Vatican

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(U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett poses in his private residence in Rome, Italy August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Kenneth F. Hackett has been U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican for the past two years, having assuming his post several months after the historic election of Pope Francis.   From 1993 to 2012. Hackett was president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an international humanitarian agency supported by the U.S. Catholic community. Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella sat down with Hackett at the ambassador’s Rome residence on Aug. 12 for an hour-long  talk about his hopes and expectations for Francis’ trip to Cuba and the United States next month. Here are some of the main points of the interview.

Aug 5, 2015

Migrant boat capsizes in Mediterranean, at least 25 dead

ROME, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A boat packed with up to 700
migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of
Libya on Wednesday and many were feared dead, officials and aid
agencies said.

The Italian Coast Guard and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR
said about 400 people had been rescued and 25 bodies had been
recovered so far, although it was still not clear exactly how
many people were on board.

Aug 5, 2015
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Don’t treat divorced Catholics as outcasts, Pope Francis tells priests

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(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend an audience for altar servers at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Pope Francis told priests on Wednesday to be more merciful to Catholics who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying they should not be treated as if they had been excommunicated.

Aug 5, 2015

Don’t treat divorced Catholics as outcasts, Pope tells priests

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told priests on Wednesday to be more merciful to Catholics who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying they should not be treated as if they had been excommunicated.

The delicate subject of how the 1.2-billion-member Church should treat divorced Catholics will be a major issue at a meeting of world bishops at the Vatican in October.

Jul 30, 2015

Rome’s Fiumicino – How unlucky can an airport be?

ROME (Reuters) – First, a fire in May reduced operations at Fiumicino airport for more than two months. On Wednesday, a forest fire caused cancellations and delays, and on Thursday a black-out left much of it without power for an hour.

Italy’s busiest airport has not been very lucky of late.

Now its biggest tenant, national carrier Alitalia, has threatened to move its hub elsewhere unless airport operator ADR does more to improve infrastructure and services.

Jul 26, 2015
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Pope Francis calls for release of priest and bishops abducted in Syria

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(Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, August 28, 2012/veDro – l’Italia al futuro)

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a Jesuit priest who worked in Syria for more than 30 years and who supported the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, disappeared on July 29, 2013 in the city of Raqqa, now a stronghold of militant group Islamic State.

Jul 22, 2015

World mayors warn of threats to mankind, commit to U.N. development goals

VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) – More than 65 mayors from
around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United
Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities
and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous
threats.

The mayors signed a pledge at a Vatican-hosted conference
where participants included New York’s Bill de Blasio, Anne
Hildago of Paris as well the mayors of Rio de Janeiro,
Stockholm, Johannesburg and Mexico City.

Jul 21, 2015

Pope urges U.N. to take strong action on climate change

VATICAN CITY, July 21 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday
urged the United Nations to take a “very strong stand” on
climate change at a landmark summit this year in Paris on global
warming.

The pope spoke at a Vatican-hosted conference of mayors and
governors from major world cities who signed a declaration
urging global leaders to take bold action at the U.N. summit,
saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global
warming.