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Jan 28, 2013

Rome Trevi Fountain, symbol of Dolce Vita, to get big facelift

ROME, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in
Rome’s Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960
classic film “La Dolce Vita”, would probably say “It’s about
time, darling!”

The fountain, arguably the world’s most recognisable, is
about to get the most thorough face-lift since it was completed
in 1762 and the restoration was presented on Monday by a man who
also uses the word darling a lot: fashion designer Karl
Lagerfeld.

Jan 18, 2013

After abuse scandal, Pope appoints new head of Irish church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.

The Vatican said Monsignor Eamon Martin, 51, had been named “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, meaning he will automatically succeed Brady when he retires next year.

Jan 18, 2013
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After abuse scandal, Pope Benedict appoints new head of the Irish Catholic Church

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(Cardinal Sean Brady speaks to members of the media outside Armagh cathedral in northern Ireland May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer)

Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.

Jan 15, 2013
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Pope’s secretary “Gorgeous George” on cover of Italian Vanity Fair

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(Bishop Georg Gänswein gestures before Pope Benedict XVI meets Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene in a private audience at the Vatican January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto)

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Pope Benedict’s private secretary, who has been dubbed “Gorgeous George” by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy.

Jan 15, 2013

Pope’s secretary “Gorgeous George” on Vanity Fair cover

ROME, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope
Benedict’s private secretary, who has been dubbed “Gorgeous
George” by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy.

The prelate has landed on the cover of Vanity Fair.

The cover on the Italian edition of the magazine shows the
56-year-old archbishop smiling, his blue eyes beaming, above a
headline that reads “Father Georg – It’s not a sin to be
beautiful.”

Jan 14, 2013

Something for everyone in Italy’s record 215 political logos

ROME, Jan 14 (Reuters) – From right-wing gays of the “Black
Rose” movement, to parties seeking to dump the euro, to the
“Ordinary Guy Front”, there is something for everyone in the
dazzling array of groups seeking to contest Italy’s elections.

The Interior Ministry, which will oversee the Feb. 24-25
vote, has received a record 215 logos from parties, movements,
associations, local and special interest groups of all sizes and
colours – anyone who wants to be put on posters or ballot slips.

Jan 13, 2013

Vatican denies flaws that led to credit card block

VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The Vatican insisted on
Sunday that it had taken adequate measures to combat money
laundering and so could not understand why the Bank of Italy had
blocked the use of credit and debit cards inside Vatican City.

The central bank stopped Deutsche Bank Italy from providing
electronic payment services for the Vatican on Jan. 1 because
the Holy See was seen as lacking anti-money-laundering controls
and oversight, a move that left thousands of tourists visiting
the Vatican museums and gift shops in the lurch, forcing them to
use cash.

Jan 8, 2013
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The S-word “spread” goes from financial pages to papal speeches

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(A Swiss Guard stands as he waits for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI before a meeting with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Pier Paolo Cito)

The ubiquitous term “spread” – a staple of financial news bulletins and one of the main measures of investor sentiment – has now penetrated even the elevated lexicon of the papacy.

Jan 8, 2013

The S-word “spread” enters the papal lexicon

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The ubiquitous term “spread” – a staple of financial news bulletins and one of the main measures of investor sentiment – has now penetrated even the elevated lexicon of the papacy.

In his speech to diplomats from around the world, Pope Benedict chastised those who only think of a “spread” in financial terms. He said there should be a simultaneous concern for a social “spread” – the gap between the rich and poor.

Jan 7, 2013

Stop war in Syria before it becomes “field of ruins”: pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict urged the world on Monday to end what he called the endless slaughter in Syria before the entire country becomes a “a field of ruins”.

Speaking in his yearly “state of the world” address to diplomats from nearly 180 countries and global organizations, Benedict also condemned “terrorist attacks” against Christians in Nigeria and violence in Mali, where Islamist rebels in the north are seeking to erase a more moderate religious tradition.