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State broadcaster RAI Director-General Antonio Campo Dall'Orto on Friday tendered his resignation, a decision noted by Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan in a "cordial" meeting, sources said.

G7 leaders agree to up terror fight but no climate deal

Group of Seven leaders on Friday signed a statement against terrorism at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily but the issue of climate change was suspended while US President Donald Trump took time out for further reflection.

Constitutional appeal if vouchers brought back - Camusso

Susanna Camusso, the leader of Italy's biggest trade-union confederation, the left-wing CGIL, said Friday that it would appeal to the Constitutional Court if controversial work vouchers to pay for occasional work are brought back.

Arcelor Mittal-Marcegaglia consortium wins ILVA competition

The Arcelor Mittal-Marcegaglia consortium has beaten competitors and is expected to land troubled Italian steel group ILVA, sources said Friday. The ranking of the bids will be issued shortly, with Arcelor Mittal-Marcegaglia at the top, they said.



Giro: Quintana grabs pink as Dumoulin falls back

TopNews. Colombia's Nairo Quintana grabbed the leader's pink jersey in the 100th Giro d'Italia as Dutchman Tom Dumoulin fell back on the uphill finish to the mountainous 19th stage from San Candido to Piancavallo Friday.


Soccer: Allegri says Juve future not tied to Cardiff

TopNews. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday that his future does not depend upon the outcome of the Champions League final against Real Madrid next week and played down speculation he could leave the Turin giants.


Soccer: Maradona calls Totti 'best I've ever seen'

TopNews. Argentina and Napoli legend Diego Maradona has called Roma skipper Francesco Totti "the best I've ever seen". Responding to the all-time great's comment earlier this week, Totti said Friday "now I can hang up my boots".

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Especially from institutions

Attention to life in society future says pope

Pope Francis tweeted Friday "the future of our societies requires on the part of all, especially institutions, a concrete attention for life".

Vatican'I'm liking Italy,' says US president

Trump says pope 'great person', had 'fantastic meeting'

'I'm liking Italy,' says US president, who also has talks with Mattarella and Gentiloni.

In Pope Francis, A Man of His Word, pontiff speaks to audience

Wenders makes doc on pope

German director Wim Wenders has made a documentary on Pope Francis in which the pontiff speaks to the audience, the SIR news agency said Friday.

Wake up the world, Francis tells nuns

Doomsayers harm Church says pope

Pope Francis on Monday urged nuns in the Vatican "not to join the prophets of doom, who have done so much damage to the Church and the consecrated life, don't give in to the temptation of drowsiness, like the Apostles in Gethsemane, or desperation".

In Homily at Casa Santa Marta

True doctrine unites, ideology divides, pope says

Pope Francis on Friday said true doctrine is a unifying factor, contrary to ideology, in his morning homily at Mass in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence.

Tells Huntington Disease geneticists

No end justifies destroying embryos says pope

Pope Francis on Thursday told geneticists working to beat Huntington's Disease that no end, however noble, justifies destroying embryos.

Jesus was a dreamer says Francis

Authentic bonds not broken by death says pope

The "most authentic" bonds are not broken by death, Pope Francis said Wednesday. "There are those who continue to love those who are not there any more," he said at his general audience.

Francis calls on France to 'continue search for peace'

Don't forget vulnerable, excluded pope tells Macron

Pope Francis has called on newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron not to forget the weakest members of society in a telegram, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

'Have the patience to bear our cross'

Follow Jesus in deeds not words pope tweets

Pope Francis tweeted Monday that "in order to faithfully follow Jesus, we ask the grace to do so not in words but in deeds, and to have the patience to bear our cross".

Francis tweets on eve of trip to canonise 'little shepherds'

Pilgrim in hope and peace to Fatima - pope

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday, the eve of his visit to Fatima on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to the 'little shepherds': "with Mary, tomorrow in Fatima, pilgrim in hope and peace.

Madonna doesn't get depressed

Mary like brave mothers today - Pope Francis

Mary is like all the "brave" mothers around the world today, Pope Francis told his weekly general audience Wednesday.

Santa Marta sisters celebrate founder's feast day

Receive Holy Spirit with docility - Pope Francis

Pope Francis urged the faithful in his Tuesday morning homily at Mass in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence to "receive the Holy Spirit with docility!", Vatican Radio reported.

But always in movement

Christian faith doesn't change says Pope Francis

The Christian faith does not change but it is always in movement, Pope Francis said Monday. Faith must "discern the new" while saying no to "rigidity, immobility and closure," Francis said in his homily at a Mass at St Martha's House, the hostel he lives in.

Pontiff holds audience with Pontifical Romanian College

Pope Francis 'thinking of Syrians' suffering'

Pope Francis said Friday that he was thinking about the suffering of people from war-torn Syria during an audience with members of the Pontifical Romanian College.

US president coming to Italy for Taormina G7

Pope to receive Trump May 24 - Holy See

Pope Francis will receive US President Donald Trump on Wednesday May 24 at 08:30, the Vatican press office said Thursday. Trump will also meet Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin accompanied by Msgr Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

Francis holds audience with Secretariat for Communications

Pope Francis says 'good violence' needed for reform

Pope Francis said during an audience with the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications Thursday that a dose of "good violence" is needed when carrying out reform.

Francis comments on two-day visit to Cairo

Pope Francis says Egypt represents hope

Pope Francis talked about his two-day trip to Egypt last week during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, saying the country represented hope. "Egypt has been a sign of hope, of refuge, of help, for us," he said.

Message on Twitter

Pilgrim of peace in Egypt of peace says pope

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday "tomorrow I will travel to an Egypt of peace as a pilgrim of peace", on the eve of his two-day apostolic journey to Egypt.

Pontiff warns the powerful to stay humble

Pope Francis urges 'true solidarity' at TED 2017 via video

Pope Francis spoke via video link to the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada, this year entitled "The Future You".

Holy See not 'worried' about security of trip

Pope Francis won't use armoured car in Egypt - Vatican

Pope Francis will not use an armoured car during his visit to Egypt later this week, Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke told reporters on Monday. "The pope will use a closed car to move around, but not an armoured one.