Italian authorities made the arrests Thursday of six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group.
NCR Today: Guests enjoyed desserts from 80 different chefs at a charitable function to help the hungry.
A poll, published in the liberal daily L'Unita on March 29, challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a "Catholic" country.
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The Italian Senate legalized same-sex unions but those opposed to the bill succeeded in stripping a key component of the proposed law regarding family rights for gays.
ROME -- Campaigners across Italy have held rallies calling for same-sex couples to be granted legal recognition and family rights, but they are facing tough opposition.
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While never citing the Catacombs Pact specifically, Francis has evoked its language and principles, wishing for a "poor church, for the poor."