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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.

Jul 21, 2015

At Vatican conference, world mayors urge action on climate change

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Mayors and governors from major world cities on Tuesday will urge global leaders to take bold action at this year’s U.N. climate change summit, saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global warming.

Pope Francis has invited some 65 local and regional leaders to attend a two-day conference on how cities can address what the Vatican calls the “interconnected emergencies” of climate change and human trafficking.

Jul 16, 2015

Vatican had more than a billion euros off books before financial clean-up

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Vatican departments had more than a billion euros that were not declared on an overall balance sheet before new accounting standards kicked in last year, a financial statement showed on Thursday.

The man appointed to clean up Vatican finances said last December that departments had “tucked away” million of euros and followed “long-established patterns” in jealously managing their affairs without reporting to any central accounting office.

Jul 15, 2015
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Pope Francis offers rare ‘mea culpa’ about neglect of middle class

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(Pope Francis speaks to journalists onboard the papal plane during his return to Rome, from Asuncion, Paraguay July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.

Jul 13, 2015

Pope offers rare ‘mea culpa’ about neglect of middle class

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.

Francis, speaking to reporters on the papal plane returning from a grueling 8-day trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, also said he hoped the Greek crisis could lead to more oversight so other countries would not experience the same problems.

Jul 13, 2015

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ‘make a mess’

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to “make a mess”.

In passionate speeches, the Argentine pontiff urged the destitute to change the world economic order and branded the unfettered pursuit of money as the “dung of the devil”. He also sought forgiveness for the sins committed by the Catholic Church against native Americans during the colonial era.

Jul 12, 2015

Stay united in fight for change, Pope tells Paraguay slum dwellers

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Pope Francis, wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, on Sunday urged people living in a flood-prone shantytown in Paraguay to stay united in their struggle for better living and working conditions.

Francis looked moved as he heard harrowing tales of life in Banado Norte, a warren of shacks not far from downtown Asuncion that are home to about 100,000 people, many of whom are squatting on city land after being forced from their farms.