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Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope makes Easter pleas for world peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked Christianity’s most joyous day with a passionate plea for world peace, celebrating his first Easter Sunday as pontiff in the enthusiastic company of more than 250,000 people who overflowed from St. Peter’s Square.

03/31/2013

Pope Francis washes foot of inmate at Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, Rome, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo. (AP Photo)

Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice.

03/28/2013

Video still from the British Museum

Pompeii exhibition brings doomed town to life

LONDON (AP) — Pompeii is the little Roman town that became a byword for sudden, violent death. A new exhibition at the British Museum wants it to be equally famous for raucous, exuberant life. Watch the museum’s video here.

03/26/2013

Pope Francis waves to crowds at his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest, the poorest, let tenderness “open up a horizon of hope.”

03/19/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

From ‘the end of the earth,’ Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) – From “the end of the earth,” the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis.

03/14/2013

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Crowd disappointed by black smoke, but Vatican spokesman says consensus takes time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who’ve gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.

03/13/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Vatican still waiting for 5 cardinals for conclave

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope, but five cardinals had yet to arrive for the preparatory meetings.

03/05/2013

Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Pope gives final Sunday blessing before resigning

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery.

02/24/2013

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Colosseum cleaning yields old frescos, graffiti

ROME (AP) — A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes— as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols.

01/18/2013

Rita Levi Montalcini, Italian Nobel prize winner and senator for life in 2005. (AP Photo)

Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

ROME (AP) — Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103.

12/30/2012

Ala. woman sleeps through tornado ripping off roof

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman said Friday she fell asleep on the couch and didn’t realize a tornado had ripped off part of her roof and damaged most of the home until firefighters and neighbors came to check on her.

12/21/2012

Revised statue of John Paul II inaugurated in Rome

ROME (AP) – The city of Rome unveiled a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II on Monday after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican. Artist Oliviero Rainaldi said he […]

11/19/2012

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