Pope’s Laundry opens for the homeless

Free laundry facilities for Rome's homeless at Genti di Pace complex. A laundry providing free services to Rome's homeless and poor people was opened on 10 April at the Genti di Pace complex operat...

Anti-Trump protests outside US embassy in Rome

Sit-in and vigil on Via Veneto in protest over Trump travel ban. Two separate protests against President Donald Trump's order restricting entry into the US took place outside the US embassy on Rome...

McDonalds at St Peter's to feed homeless

Fast food giant teams up with Vatican to provide homeless with free meals. The McDonald's fast-food outlet near St Peter's Square is to distribute more than 1,000 free meals to local homeless peopl...

Christmas appeal for Rome’s refugees

Joel Nafuma Refugees Center Christmas appeal. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, is holding its annual Christmas Gift Bag Ap...

Rome fundraiser for Syrian refugees

Rome charities R(home) for Refugees and Levantiamo serve Syrian dinner. Rome-based charity R(home) for Refugees (RfR) is hosting a benefit night for refugees in Rome and Syria on Saturday 3 Decembe...

Pope visits earthquake-hit Amatrice

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to north Lazio town ravaged by earthquake. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the north Lazio town of Amatrice devastated by the 6.2-magnitude earthquake on 24...

World Refugee Day in Rome on 20 June

Annual international event comes as refugee crisis escalates in Italy. On 15 June, five days before World Refugee Day, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced that more than 3,...

Wall of Kindness in Rome

Rome’s first Wall of Kindness designed to help the less fortunate. Students from Rome's Marymount International School are creating a “Wall of Kindness”, where visitors can donate clothes to the le...

Help for Rome’s homeless

British volunteer provides meals for Italy’s refugees.   In early September, the strength of a tragic and powerful photo of a solitary, drowned child face-down on a Turkish beach shocked pe...

Unaccompanied children in Italy total over 10,000

Better protection for foreign minors necessary. According to latest figures presented by Italy's ministry of the interior 14,109 foreign minors have landed in Italy so far this year. Of these 10,32...

Rakin's story

How an Afghan refugee found kindness at Rome's Joel Nafuma Refugee Center. My name is Rakin and I am a refugee. It is difficult for me to share my story, but I feel it’s important because I want ot...

The dark secrets of Italian kitchens

Most restaurant customers are unaware of the human cost of their meals. By Mike Dilien. Rome. An evening breeze gently caresses your face after a suffocating day among the monuments. The street...

Italy appeals for more help with immigration emergency

Italy's ministry of the interior has appealed to all prefects throughout Italy to find approximately 6,500 additional places to house the latest influx of immigrants into Italy over the Easter period....

Vatican offers free haircuts to the homeless

Volunteer barbers will offer service on Mondays Homeless people in Rome will be able to avail of a free shave and a haircut thanks to an initiative offered by the Vatican each Monday from 16 Februa...

Nobel Peace Laureates Summit relocates to Rome

Dalai Lama comes to Rome after being denied South African visa The Nobel Peace Laureates Summit, which was originally scheduled to take place in South Africa in mid-October, has been relocated to...

Christmas gifts for Rome's refugees

Annual gift appeal for refugees in Rome The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since world war two, according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), with Italy one...

FAO reports progress in eradicating hunger

But over 800 million still undernourished One in nine people in the world are hungry. In sub-Saharan Africa one in four people suffers from hunger. And half the planet's 805 million hungry –...

Thousands of illegal immigrants saved in Italian waters

Sicily copes with new influx of immigrants Over 1,500 illegal immigrants were saved by the Italian air and naval forces from drowning in the Mediterranean in the second week in September, with se...

Sudanese Christian woman lands in Rome

Woman sentenced to death for apostasy is welcomed in Italy Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was condemned to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, arrived in Rome with her family o...

Growing poverty at Rome's Termini station

1,500 new requests for assistance at station's help centre The day centre at Rome's Termini station received 37,000 requests for assistance last year, according to findings by the Osservatorio Naz...

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