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  • President Obama, Pope Francis discuss the poor in meeting at Vatican

    President Obama, Pope Francis discuss the poor in meeting at Vatican
    VATICAN CITY — President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home.
  • Italian Prime Minister Letta resigns with push from Florence's mayor

    Italian Prime Minister Letta resigns with push from Florence's mayor
    ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy’s youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo...

    Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

    Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80
    Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80. Abbado...

    'Nervous' mafia could target Pope Francis, prosecutor warns

    'Nervous' mafia could target Pope Francis, prosecutor warns
    Pope Francis' campaign against corruption in the Catholic Church has made Italy's most dangerous mafia organization "nervous," which could make the prelate a target, a leading Italian prosecutor warned Thursday. The pope's vow to clean up church...

    Seeking new home, at least 94 Eritreans die as boat sinks off Italy

    Seeking new home, at least 94 Eritreans die as boat sinks off Italy
    ROME -- The Eritreans were seeking a new life in Europe, with about 500 of them crowded aboard a 66-foot boat crossing the Mediterranean. Instead, the vessel caught fire and capsized Thursday, in one of the worst disasters seen on a route sailed by...