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Covid-19 Italy: Undertakers protest against massive backlog of bodies at cemeteries

Undertakers protested in the Italian capital of Rome on Friday against a massive backlog of coffins building at cemeteries, saying city authorities were failing to cope with a surge of coronavirus deaths. Funeral directors said more than 2,000 bodies were being stored at Rome’s sole crematorium, which can handle around 50 cremations a day, while […]

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Italy enters 3-day lockdown to try to prevent surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter

Italy entered a strict three-day lockdown to try to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter. All regions are now in the “red zone” – the highest tier of restrictions – as the country battles a third wave, with about 20,000 new cases a day. Red zone restrictions normally mean all non-essential travel is […]

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Rebel Roman Catholic priests will continue to bless same-sex couples, defying Vatican orders

Rebel Roman Catholic priests are leading a disobedience campaign against the Vatican saying they would carry on blessing same-sex couples in defiance of Church orders. On Monday the Vatican said priests cannot bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are not valid, in a ruling that disappointed gay Catholics who had hoped their Church was becoming […]

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Covid-19 positive woman’s fingers turn black, doctors amputate them

Coronavirus ravaged blood vessels of a 86-year-old woman’s fingers forcing the doctors to take the big step, amputate them. Three fingers had to be cut off after the disease attacked her blood vessels, turning them black. Doctors in Italy called a case of ‘severe manifestation’ of coronavirus, a medical journal, European Journal of Vascular and […]

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Italy announces fresh restrictions to combat a surge in coronavirus cases

Italy announces new measures to combat a surge in coronavirus cases by closing gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and theatres. While restaurants, bars and cafes must stop table service at 6pm and offer only take-away until midnight. Contact sports are prohibited. However, shops and most businesses will remain open. The government has warned that the rise […]

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“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family”: Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions, his remarks came in a documentary called Francesco that was released on Wednesday. “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable […]

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Satellite images show Venice from space a year apart

The European Space Agency has released two images of Venice, taken one year apart, which highlight the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on its famous waterways. The images, one taken on April 13 and the other on April 19, 2019, show how dramatically the number of boats within the Italian city’s main thoroughfare has […]

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University students develop AI tool that diagnoses coronavirus using voice

A university in Rome is conducting a pilot run for a patented artificial-intelligence-based tool developed by three biotechnology students and a professor from Mumbai, which they claim can test COVID-19 through voice-based diagnosis using a smartphone. The tool is being tested by the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and has already been tested on […]

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Italian soccer team delivers care packages to its elderly fans amid lockdown

The current coronavirus pandemic has plunged much of the world into unprecedented and uncertain times. But acts of kindness across the globe are providing much-needed light relief as people try to adapt to the new world they’re living in. That is certainly the case in Rome, where one of the Italian capital’s football teams, AS […]

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Pope Francis to deliver Christmas and Easter like prayer on Wednesday to stop coronavirus

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing – normally given only at Christmas and Easter – and called for worldwide prayer to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Francis made the surprise announcement in his weekly Angelus message, which he has […]

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Italian man wears huge cardboard disc to keep people away from him

As more and more people quarantine themselves amid coronavirus fears and public health officials recommend social distancing, a man in Italy was spotted wearing a giant cardboard circle around his waist to keep people away. In a video shared on social media, the man can be seen strolling along the streets of the country – […]

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IN PICTURES: Pope Francis witness empty St. Peter’s Square in Vatican

St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, where usually tens and thousands of people gathered to take look at Pope and harbour his blessings, was eerily empty in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis also walked the otherwise empty streets of Rome on Sunday, and visited two churches amid Italy’s lockdown due to the coronavirus. […]