Rome ready to welcome Afghan refugees says mayor

Draghi hails 54 Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan as 'heroes' amid political debate over refugees. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said on Tuesday that the city will makes its facilities available for...

Italian PM vows to protect Afghans who assisted Italy's mission in Kabul

Italy evacuates Italian diplomats and their Afghan aides. Italian prime minister Mario Draghi has committed to protecting Afghan citizens who have collaborated with Italy's mission in Afghanistan, af...

Rome's 'Chef of the Poor' dies age 91

Rome mayor leads tributes to "hero of our times" Dino Impagliazzo, known as Rome's 'Chef of the Poor', has died in the capital age 91. Founder of the RomAmoR association, Impagliazzo fed up to 300...

Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck in Rome

Pontiff visits Edith Bruck at her home in Rome. Pope Francis paid a visit to the Rome home of Edith Bruck, a Holocaust survivor and writer aged almost 90, on the afternoon of 20 February. Bruck, w...

Pope prays for homeless man found dead from the cold near St Peter’s

Nigerian homeless man was found dead near St Peter’s a few days ago. Pope Francis prayed for a homeless man from Nigeria who died just metres away from St Peter’s Square, inviting everyone to pray fo...

Rome: Ciampino locals help migrant street sweeper return to Nigeria for his mother’s funeral

The moving story of a community rallying together to help a friend in need. John, from Nigeria, has lived for several years in Ciampino, near Rome, where he makes ends meet by sweeping the streets an...

Gifts and kind messages: Rome's Christmas Boxes for strangers

"I don't know you but you are in my thoughts": Kind-hearted Romans embrace concept of 'Christmas Boxes' for those less fortunate. A box of simple Christmas gifts, accompanied by a message of kindness...

One woman killed every three days in Italy

Number of women killed in Italy so far in 2020 down slightly from same 10-month period last year but still one murder every three days. 91 women have been killed in Italy in the first 10 months of 20...

Rome: UN World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

WFP wins prize for efforts to combat hunger. The Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger. WFP has acted "a...

Italian hostages freed in Mali

Italians had been abducted by Islamist extremists in Mali. Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte has welcomed the release of two Italians who had been held hostage by Al Qaida-linked Islamist extremists in...

I Love Beirut: Laura Pausini to sing at Colosseum for charity concert

Pausini to sing from Colosseum in support of I Love Beirut project. Italian singer Laura Pausini is to perform in the Colosseum as part of the I Love Beirut project organised by the Lebanese singer M...

Italy: Vatican academy defends Black Jesus tweet

Pontifical Academy for Life causes debate with "Black Pietà" tweet.An image of Michelangelo's Pietà depicting Jesus as black, tweeted by the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, has caused much deba...

Italy: Migrant woman with covid-19 gives birth in helicopter

Baby born in mid-air between Lampedusa and Palermo. A migrant woman who tested positive for covid-19 gave birth to a baby on board a helicopter as she was flying to Sicily from the tiny southern Ital...

Banksy funds rescue boat to save refugees in Mediterranean

UK street artist funds search and rescue boat to help save migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Banksy, the anonymous British street artist, has financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach...

Italy: Salvini to face new trial over migrant ship blockade

Italian senate revokes Salvini's immunity from trial over migrant detention in Open Arms case. Italy's senate has voted to allow the prosecution of former interior minister Matteo Salvini for blockin...

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