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Cabinet Secretary Maria Elena Boschi has "cleared up" that she did not exert pressure on bourse regulator CONSOB chief Giuseppe Vegas to try to stop a merger between her father's Banca Etruria and the Banca Popolare di Vicenza in 2014, Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Friday.




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Soccer: Lazio through to cup quarterfinals

Sports. Lazio secured a berth against Fiorentina in the Italian Cup quarterfinals by beating Serie B side Cittadella 4-1 thanks to a brace by Ciro Immobile Thursday night.

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Soccer: 'Ndrangheta 'guaranteed Juve ticket touts'

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The Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia acted as "intermediary and guarantor" for ticket touting by Juventus ultra fans, Italy's parliamentary anti-mafia commission said in its report on sport and mafia Thursday.


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Soccer: Milan set up Italian Cup showdown with Inter

TopNews. AC Milan beat Hellas Verona 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a showdown with city rivals Inter in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup. Goals by Suso, Alessio Romagnoli and Patrick Cutrone put the struggling giants through to the next round.



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Vatican

Jesuit weekly publishes dialogue with Myanmar Jesuits

Migrants don't reach our living rooms says pope

Migrant woes "don't reach our living rooms", Pope Francis said Friday.


Not challenge to co-existence

Diversity of peoples a good thing says Pope

The diversity of peoples is a good thing and not a challenge to co-existence, Pope Francis said Thursday. The pope also told Jesuits that "banks are being saved but not those who have been ruined".


Christians should go to Mass, not work

Keep Sunday special says Pope

Pope Francis appealed for Sunday be kept a special day and said good Christians should centre this day of rest around Mass during his weekly general audience on Wednesday.


@Pontifex papal account turns five

Pope Francis thanks his Twitter followers

Pope Francis on Tuesday thanked his Twitter followers on the fifth anniversary of the creation of the @Pontifex papal account under his predecessor Benedict XVI. "Thank you for following @Pontifex which turns five years old today," the pope tweeted.


Francis expresses concern about situation regarding city

Respect status quo in Jerusalem - Pope

Francis expresses concern about situation regarding city with Trump set to recognize it as Israel's capital.

Pope Francis' General Audience

'Not just being polite' says at St Martha's House

Being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ - Pope

Being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ, Pope Francis told a Mass in the Vatican Tuesday.


'Thank you for travelling 2 days' tells faithful

Pope says Mass in Bangladesh, set to meet Rohingya

Pope Fracis said a historic Mass on the second day of his visit to Bangldesh Friday and was set to meet a group of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.


Does not name them as Rohingya

Pope thanks Bangladesh for helping 'Rakhine people'

Does not name them as Rohingya.


Need for common witness by religious leaders says Francis

Let's speak with one voice for peace-pope tells Buddhists in Myanmar

Need for common witness by religious leaders says Francis.


Father Rosario disappeared in Bonpara on Monday afternoon

Priest goes missing in Bangladesh before Pope's visit

A Catholic priest has gone missing in Bonpara in the northern district of Natore on the eve of the pope's visit to Bangladesh, the Daily Star reported Tuesday.


Cardinal says warned Francis not to use term 'Rohingya'

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar

Cardinal says warned Francis not to use term 'Rohingya'.


28m spruce from Poland

Vatican Christmas tree put up in St Peter's Square

The Vatican's annual Christmas tree was put up in St Peter's Square Thursday. This year's tree is a 28m spruce from Elk in Poland.


Don't stay huddled up warming oneself

Give others fire of charity Pope tweets

Pope Francis tweeted Wednesday: "When we meet others, do we bring them the fire of charity or do we remain huddled up warming ourselves in front of the fireplace?" ...


At St Martha's House

Ideological colonisation blasphemy says Pope

Ideological colonisation is blasphemy, Pope Francis said Tuesday. Speaking at a Mass in St Martha's House, the Vatican hostel he lives in, the pope also said the Eucharist was not a reward for the good but a medicine for the weak.


'Roads turned into F1 tracks' tells road cops

Don't drive on the phone says Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Monday slammed the "scant sense of responsibility" of people who endanger themselves and others by phoning while they are driving.


Thinking about death is not a gruesome fantasy

Good to think about death says Pope Francis

Thinking about death is not a 'gruesome fantasy' 


Francis sends message to COP-23 conference in Bonn

Pope blasts climate-change denial

Pope Francis has criticised people who deny that climate change is caused by human behaviour in a message to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23) conference in Bonn.


Francis post on @Pontifex

Nothing can block out light of Christ - papal tweet

Pope Francis said Tuesday that "Nothing and nobody can block the light that Christ puts in our hearts and on the face of His friends" in a post on the papal Twitter account, @Pontifex.


Pontiff's donation provides money for seeds

Pope Francis gift helps hungry in South Sudan - FAO

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday that hungry families in South Sudan will be able to make ends meet thanks to vegetable-growing kits funded by a donation from Pope Francis.


Nobel prize winners appeal for end to nukes

Stop nuclear weapons says pope

Pope Francis told a Vatican symposium on nuclear disarmament Friday that nuclear weapons must be stopped because they posed a threat to humankind.