FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 24 (Reuters) – If there is any mind an
art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo
da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor
whose genius epitomised the brilliance of the Renaissance.
That was the unique opportunity restorers in Florence have
relished as they clean the “Adoration of the Magi”, a massive
painting that Leonardo started in 1481 at the age of 29 but
abandoned a year later, leaving it in various stages of
conception and development.
The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.
Jozef Wesolowski, a Pole who was defrocked by a Vatican tribunal in June, has been placed under house awaiting a criminal trial, the Vatican said in a statement.
Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago.
TIRANA Albania (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armor of God”.
Francis made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, an impoverished Balkan country hailed by the pontiff as a model of inter-faith harmony because of good relations between its majority Muslim community and its Christian denominations.
ROME, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Sophia Loren, Italy’s national
cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking
the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her
For the 300-page “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – My Life,”
Loren went into what she called her “trunk of memories” to fish
out old pictures, letters and notes from the likes of Cary
Grant, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Richard Burton, not to
mention Italian soul mate Marcello Mastroianni.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is planning and raising funds as if Pope Francis will visit the city next year for the World Meeting of Families, the city’s Roman Catholic leader, Archbishop Charles Chaput said on Tuesday.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has held talks with Pope Francis to illustrate his idea for a U.N.-style “Organisation of United Religions” to combat violence in God’s name.
Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine – soccer great Diego Maradona – attended a papal event.