Growth may reach 1.3% in 2017 - parliament authority

The Italian parliament's budget office UPB said in a report on Friday that Italy's economic recovery had "strengthened slightly" and that GDP growth could reach 1.2-1.3% this year. But the body also sounded an alarm on jobs.



Prato probe into soccer fraud, entry of child migrants

TopNews. Four people were put under preventative restrictive measures by police in the Tuscan city of Prato on Thursday in relation to a probe into allegations soccer directors were involved in the illegal entry of African minors into Italy.


Soccer: De Sciglio has Juve medical

TopNews. Mattia De Sciglio had a medical at Juventus Wednesday before signing a contract with the Bianconeri after leaving Milan in a 12-million-euro deal.


Soccer: Panucci named Albania coach

TopNews. Former Milan, Roma, Real Madrid and Inter fullback Christian Panucci was named Albania coach Wednesday, replacing Gianni De Biasi who quit after making history by taking the Albanians to France 2016.

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'Ask for strength to... fight corruption' @Pontifex_it

Pope prays for mafia victims on Borsellino anniversary

Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for the victims of organized crime via Twitter on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the murder of anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo Borsellino and his security detail.

Ex-Bambino Gesù chiefs accused of diverting funds

Bertone may testify on flat in hospital graft trial

Ex-Bambino Gesù chiefs accused of diverting funds.

'Duty for all'

Don't ignore environmental destruction says pope

It is a "duty for all" not to stand by and ignore the destruction of the environment, Pope Francis said in a message to an international congress in Brazil on his Laudato si' encyclical Friday.

Laying down one's life for faith joins traditional three ways

Pope Francis opens new fourth path to sainthood

Pope Francis has opened a new fourth path to sainthood alongside martyrdom, living a heroic life of Christian virtue and having a strong reputation for religious devotion. The fourth way is laying down one's life for the faith.

Must be 're-proposed' with passion

Europe unique in the world tweets Pope Francis

Pope Francis tweeted Tuesday that "Europe has and ideal and spiritual patrimony unique in the world which deserves to be re-proposed with passion and renewed freshness".

Francis calls for end to "useless slaughters".

War is no solution, stop arms race, pope tells G20

Pope Francis told world leaders that war "is never a solution" and called for an end to all "useless slaughters" in his message for the G20 summit in Hamburg, which the Vatican released on Friday.

Doctor-turned-journalist was 80

John Paul II spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls dead

Doctor-turned-journalist was 80.

Francis sends message to 40th conference of UN agency

FAO must be able to intervene to stop hunger says Pope

Pope Francis said Monday that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) must be put in a position to intervene when people do not have enough to eat. "All of us realize that the intention to provide everyone with his or her daily bread is not enough.

Top clergyman vows to clear his name in Australia

Cardinal Pell takes leave after sex abuse charges

Top clergyman vows to clear his name in Australia.

Have older work less to create jobs for young says pontiff

Pope says 'golden pensions' offence to labour

Have older work less to create jobs for young says pontiff.

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We're grandfathers not gerontocrats says Francis

We're old leaders but we can dream - pope

The leaders of the Church are old but they can dream and show young people the way forward, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

Francis addresses ROACO assembly in the Vatican

Oriental churches suffer war and terror Pope says

The churches in Syria, Iraq and Egypt are suffering from war and terrorism, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Stepping down after two years in post

Milone quits as Vatican's auditor general

Libero Milone has quit as the Vatican's auditor general after two years on the post, Vatican sources told ANSA on Tuesday. A statement from the Vatican press office said that the decision had been by mutual accord.

Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke announces trip

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in January 2018, Vatican Spokesperson Greg Burke announced on Monday.

'Hypocritical to hide weakness' Francis adds

'Important to recognise vulnerability' Pope says

One of the hardest things in life is to recognise one's own vulnerability, Pope Francis said during Mass on Friday at the Santa Marta residence where he lives inside the Vatican.

Believers, non-believers must unite against scourge

Pope Francis slams corruption as 'cancer'

Christians and non-Christians must be united in the fight against corruption, a "cancer that consumes us", Pope Francis said Thursday.

'Narcissism often hides loneliness'

A world of narcissists is hell, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis said a world dominated by narcissism with little room for selfless love is like hell, speaking during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square.

Beating poverty changes history says Francis

Shameless wealth of a few brings crime says pope on poor day

Pope Francis on Tuesday condemned "the shameless wealth that is accumulated in the hands of a few privileged people, and often is accompanied by illegality and exploitation", as well as the "scandal" of the spread of "poverty to major sectors of society al...

Not something for narcissists

Consolation a gift says pope

Consolation is a gift which is not for narcissists, Pope Francis said Monday. "One cannot console oneself on one's own, but only by opening up to the Other and to others," Francis said at morning Mass at St Martha's House, the Vatican guesthouse he lives in.

Don't limit women's contribution to 'female' topics

Pope Francis slams violence against women

Pope Francis on Friday condemned violence against women.