(ROME) #G20 REPORT: According to the final communique, the Group of 20 leaders also agreed to end public financing for coal-fired power generation abroad, but set no target for phasing out coal domestically — a clear nod to top carbon polluters China and India #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.01: The Group of 20 countries, which represent more than three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, had been looking for common ground and solid commitments on how to reduce emissions while helping poor countries deal with the impact of rising temperatures.

#AceDailyNews says according to CBS News Report: #G20 countries make commitments on climate neutrality as summit comes to a close but set no target date for phasing out coal-fired power generation as Leaders of the world’s biggest economies made a compromise commitment Sunday to reach carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century” as they wrapped up a two-day summit that was laying the groundwork for the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland…..

October 31, 2021 / 9:12 AM

Without them, momentum could be lost for the larger annual talks in Glasgow that officially opened Sunday and where countries from around the globe will be represented, including poor ones most vulnerable to rising seas, desertification and other effects.

Italian Premier Mario Draghi told the leaders going into the final working session Sunday that they needed both to set long-term goals and make short-term changes to reach them.

“We must accelerate the phasing-out of coal and invest more in renewable energy,” he said. “We also need to make sure that we use available resources wisely, which means that we should become able to adapt our technologies and also our lifestyles to this new world.”

According to the communique, the G20 reaffirmed past commitments by rich countries to mobilize $100 billion annually to help poorer countries cope with climate change, and committed to scaling up financing for helping them adapt.

The sticking point remained the deadline to reach carbon neutrality or “net zero” emissions, meaning a balance between greenhouse gases added to and removed from the atmosphere. Going into the summit Italy had all-but conceded it would only be able to secure commitments to reach net-zero emissions “by mid-century,” rather than a specific year.

According to the final communique, the G20 leaders said they will “accelerate our actions across mitigation, adaptation and finance, acknowledging the key relevance of achieving global net zero greenhouse gas emissions or carbon neutrality by or around mid-century.”

A French official said “mid-century” meant 2050 in the strict sense “but given the diversity of the G20 countries … it means everyone agrees to a common goal while providing a bit of flexibility to take into account national diversity.” Speaking on condition of anonymity, the French official cited top carbon polluters China and India, as well as Indonesia.

Some countries have set 2050 as their deadline for net zero emissions, while China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are aiming for 2060.

The future of coal, a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, has been one of the hardest things for the G20 to agree on.

At the Rome summit, leaders agreed to “put an end to the provision of international public finance for new unabated coal power generation abroad by the end of 2021.”

That refers to financial support for building coal plants abroad, something Western countries have been moving away from and major Asian economies are now doing the same: Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the U.N. General Assembly last month that Beijing would stop funding such projects, and Japan and South Korea made similar commitments earlier in the year.

The failure of the G20 to set a target for phasing out domestic coal use was a blow to Britain, which had hoping there would be progress on the issue at COP26. The spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Max Blain, said the G20 communique “was never meant to be the main lever in order to secure commitments on climate change,” which would be hammered out at the Glasgow summit.

He said the U.K. would continue to push for “ambitious commitments” on coal.

Youth climate activists Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate issued an open letter to the media as the G20 was wrapping up, stressing three fundamental aspects of the climate crisis that often are downplayed: that time is running out, that any solution must provide justice to the people most affected by climate change, and that the biggest polluters often hide behind incomplete statistics about their true emissions.

“The climate crisis is only going to become more urgent. We can still avoid the worst consequences, we can still turn this around. But not if we continue like today,” they wrote, just weeks after Thunberg shamed global leaders for their “blah blah blah” rhetoric during a youth climate summit in Milan.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.01: 2021:

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(ROME) #G20 Summit Report: #ClimateChange & #COVID19 Are top of the agenda as leaders from the world’s major economies meet for the first time since that #pandemic began #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says according to the first #G20 Report: It is the first time the G20 leaders are meeting face-to-face since the start of the pandemic: However, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will not be in Rome for the summit, choosing to appear via video link instead.

G20 state leaders pose during a family photo session at the start of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 30, 2021.
Reuters: The leaders are meeting in Rome for two days

The meeting comes amid increasingly dire warnings for the future if urgent action is not taken to cut emissions: The group – made up of 19 countries and the European Union – is estimated to account for 80% of the world’s emissions.

Speaking ahead of the two-day summit, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested failing to act would result in “our civilisation” going backwards, consigning “future generations to a life that is far less agreeable than our own”.

However, he acknowledged that neither the G20 meeting, nor the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, which begins on Monday, would stop global warming, saying “the most we can hope to do is slow the increase”.

According to Reuters news agency, a draft communiqué outlines a promise from the G20 to work towards limiting the rise in temperatures to 1.5C (2.7F) – but no legally binding agreement will be made.

The draft also pledges to take “concrete measures” to stop the illegal logging, mining and wildlife trades, Reuters reports.

Mr Johnson is also expected to touch on coronavirus vaccine inequality during the summit, telling his fellow leaders “the pace of recovery will depend on how quickly we can overcome Covid”, with the first priority being “the rapid, equitable and global distribution of vaccines”.

More than six billion Covid vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. However, a letter addressed to Italian PM Mario Draghi, who is hosting the G20, from more than 160 former world leaders and global figures noted just 2% of people in low-income countries have received a jab.

On Saturday, Mr Draghi called the difference “morally unacceptable”. He called on fellow leaders to “do all we can” to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by the middle of next year.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden will push for countries to boost energy production, amid rocketing prices, as well as discussing a plan to prevent future pandemics. He is also due to hold a meeting with Mr Johnson, as well as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, to discuss reviving the Iran nuclear accord.

The group is also expected to endorse a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15%, which is backed by 140 countries around the world. The draft communiqué calls for it to be in place some time in 2023.

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(ROME) #G20 Summit Report: Leaders of the world’s 20 major economies have approved a global agreement that will see the profits of large businesses taxed at least 15% #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.31: It follows concern that multinational companies are re-routing their profits through low tax jurisdictions: The pact was agreed by all the leaders attending the G20 summit in Rome.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business #G20 World leaders agree to historic tax deal, which was proposed by the US, is expected to be officially adopted on Sunday, according to Reuters news agency, and will be enforced by 2023 ….

#AceDailyNews says sounds great but by 2023 all these corporate companies will have found a loop-hole to be able to legally AVOID paying some or part of it …

READ: What was also discussed and agreed OR Not below ….

World leaders meet at the G20 summit
Rome’s G20 summit will set the tone for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, held immediately after

Climate change and Covid are also on the agenda of the summit, which is the leaders’ first in-person gathering since the start of the pandemic.

The G20 group – made up of 19 countries and the European Union – is short by two, however, with China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin choosing to appear via video link.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the historic agreement was a “critical moment” for the global economy and will “end the damaging race to the bottom on corporate taxation”.

She wrote on Twitter that US businesses and workers would benefit from the deal even though many US-based mega-companies would have to pay more tax.

Here at the G20, leaders representing 80% of the world’s GDP – allies and competitors alike – made clear their support for a strong global minimum tax. This is more than just a tax deal – it’s diplomacy reshaping our global economy and delivering for our people.— President Biden (@POTUS) October 30, 2021

The G20 summit comes ahead of the much-anticipated COP26 summit on climate change in Glasgow which begins on Monday. What happens at the G20 may set the tone for COP26, with sharp divisions remaining between countries on their commitments to tackling climate change.

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi opened the two-day G20 summit with a message of unification, telling world leaders that “going it alone is simply not an option. We must do all we can to overcome our differences”.

There are increasingly dire warnings from experts for the future if urgent action is not taken to cut carbon emissions.

Speaking to the BBC, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson described climate change as “the biggest threat to humanity”, saying it posed a “risk to civilisation basically going backwards”.

However, he acknowledged that neither the G20 meeting nor COP26 would halt global warming, but could, if the right measures were taken, “restrict the growth in the temperature of the planet”.

According to Reuters news agency, a draft communiqué outlines a promise from the G20 to work towards limiting the rise in temperatures to 1.5C (2.7F), saying it “will require meaningful and effective actions by all countries”.

The draft also notes the need for “developed countries to mobilise $100bn (£73bn) annually from public and private sources through to 2025 to address the needs of developing countries” so they can tackle climate change – a promise richer countries have failed to keep since 2009, when it was initially pledged.

A message to Iran

Separately, the leaders of the US, Germany, France and UK met to discuss their “grave and growing concern” over Iran’s nuclear activities. Iran is not part of the G20 forum.

In a joint statement, the nations said that if Iran continued its nuclear advances, that would jeopardise the possibility of it returning to the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and economic sanctions being lifted.

They urged Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi to “change course… to avoid a dangerous escalation”.

Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, reinstating harsh sanctions against Iran. Since then Iran has increased its nuclear activities, violating much of the multi-national pact.

Talks with Tehran – which have been stalled for months – are due to restart in November.

The last few years have seen many countries looking after number one. They have made their own vaccines, they have put up trade barriers, they have put economic growth ahead of fixing the climate crisis. 

Mario Draghi’s point is that this has to stop. The Italian PM is saying that if G20 leaders want to curb global warming, end vaccine inequity, and sort an economic recovery, they have to start thinking and acting more multilaterally. 

And that doesn’t just mean coming to summits. It means – at times – putting wider global interests above narrow national imperatives. That is a big ask because it often involves challenging voters. So far not all world leaders seem ready to do that. 

There remain divisions over whether much wealthier nations are ready to cut carbon emissions, give more Covid vaccines to developing countries, and stabilise volatile energy prices.

The G20 summit will produce many words. But what will matter are its actions, above all on climate change, for that will play a huge part in determining whether the COP26 summit in Glasgow succeeds or fails. Dinosaur tells UN ‘don’t choose extinction’ as part of new climate campaign

COP26 climate summit – The basics

  • Climate change is one of the world’s most pressing problems. Governments must promise more ambitious cuts in warming gases if we are to prevent greater global temperature rises. 
  • The summit in Glasgow is where change could happen. You need to watch for the promises made by the world’s biggest polluters, like the US and China, and whether poorer countries are getting the support they need.
  • All our lives will change. Decisions made here could impact our jobs, how we heat our homes, what we eat and how we travel.

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(WORLDWIDE) #Climate Change & Global Warming Report: The Group of 20 rich countries are divided over phasing out coal and committing to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as they prepare for a crucial summit in Rome next week, sources familiar with the negotiations said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: The need to curb emissions will be high on the agenda of the Rome G20 gathering on Oct. 30-31, seen as a key stepping stone immediately ahead of broader United Nations climate talks, called #COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

#AceDailyNews says that according to a report G20 split over coal, 1.5 degree climate limit ahead of Rome summit according to sources and so far big polluters such as China and India have dug in their heels and little progress has been made since G20 energy and environment ministers met in Naples in July, said three sources, asking not to be named due to the sensitivity of the talks

Just as #COP26 is due to get underway and leaders look at #ProfitB4People again ….

“Countries are not moving, at the moment they are still just making sure their positions are heard loud and clear,” said one of the sources.

However he added that such intransigence was normal at this stage and any concessions were unlikely to come before G20 climate sherpas meet face-to-face next Thursday and Friday, immediately before their leaders’ weekend meeting.

“Where I see the problem is in the commitment to 1.5 degrees and in the phase out of coal and fossil fuels by China, India and Russia,” said another source, a G20 minister.

In Naples, energy and environment ministers recognized the desirability of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees but fell short of a clear commitment to achieve the goal.

They also failed to reach unanimous agreement on fixing dates to end fossil fuel subsidies, halt international financing of coal projects and phase out coal power altogether, asking leaders to bridge the gaps at the upcoming Rome summit.

Big-hitters stay home

At least four G20 leaders are not expected to come to Rome, including China’s Xi Jinping, at the helm of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, head of the largest energy producer.

One source said while such absences were “not a great political signal,” they would not necessarily prevent progress.

Neither Russia, China nor India have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, considered a vital goal in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

So far China is proving most reluctant to commit to the 1.5 degree ceiling, while India is most intransigent in not pledging net zero emissions by 2050, one of the sources said.

China and India are also among a group of countries that have not yet presented new national plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP 26, on how they will help curb climate change.

The COP26 president, Britain’s Alok Sharma, said in a speech this month the G20, which accounts for 80 percent of global emissions, would be “make, or break” for achieving success in Glasgow.

However, one of the sources said breakthroughs were more likely in Glasgow than in Rome.

Big emitters like China, India and Russia tend to feel pressured and hectored by the Western countries at the G20, he said, making them defensive and reluctant to concede ground.

The much larger UN forum was more “neutral” and conducive to compromise, he said.

The Rome G20 will also focus on the coronavirus pandemic and how to foster global economic recovery, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who will chair the meeting, said on Wednesday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.22: 2021:

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(ROME) #Coronavirus Report: Italian police said on Sunday they had arrested 12 people, including top officials of the extreme right-wing party Forza Nuova, following clashes in Rome against a government drive to make the #COVID19 “Green Pass” mandatory for all workers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: Thousands of people took to the streets of the Italian capital on Saturday, with many chanting “freedom, freedom” as some attempted to break past police in riot gear deployed to guard access to Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to the Italian police have arrested far-right party officials after anti-vax riot and a separate group smashed into the headquarters of Italy’s main CGIL trade union….

Draghi introduced the pass – a digital or paper certificate confirming its holder has received at least one vaccine dose, has tested negative or recently recovered from the virus – in the summer to try to prevent infections and encourage people to get vaccinated.

It was initially needed to enter many cultural and leisure venues and its scope has gradually been widened. Last month, the month the government made it compulsory for all workers.

Under the green pass system for workers, accepted by unions and employers, any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate from Oct. 15 will be suspended with no pay, but cannot be sacked.

More than 80% of all Italians over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated.

Reuters: Reporting by Elvira Pollina; editing by Barbara Lewis

#AceNewsDesk report ……………………..Published: Oct.11: 2021:

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(ROME) JUST IN: The Vatican has accepted the nomination of Communist Party loyalist Father Joseph Cui Qingqi as the new bishop of Wuhan, who will be ordained on September 8. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.07: AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, reported Sunday that Father Cui was the only candidate put forward by Church bodies loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to occupy the post in Wuhan…..

#AceDailyNews says that a Catholic Church to Ordain Communist-Friendly Bishop to Wuhan: Father Cui has a history of faithfully representing the interests of the CCP against clergy loyal to Rome.

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“Obviously, the Vatican was unable to refuse the appointment, even if the concrete possibilities of assessing its suitability were evidently limited,” AsiaNews added. Cui’s will be the fourth episcopal ordination since the renewal of the Sino-Vatican agreement on the naming of bishops.

In 2012, local clergy in Wuhan sought to decide on the reassignment of priests to parishes in the diocese without the approval of CCP authorities. They held a meeting for this purpose and drafted a list of assignments and transfers between parishes, under the leadership of Father Joseph Shen Guo’an, who had been temporarily in charge of the Wuhan diocese in the absence of a bishop.

Father Shen announced the reassignment of the priests during a solemn Mass in the diocese, which met with applause from the congregation, but government officials intervened soon afterward, interrogating the priests and warning against any changes.

In response, the authorities “recalled from Beijing another priest from the diocese, Father Cui Qingqi,” La Stampa reported at the time, who “was seen to be with government officials before arriving at the diocese.”

When Father Shen and others “resolutely implemented the transfer decision” against the wishes of the government, the provincial Religious Affairs Bureau dismissed Father Shen from his duties as the head of the diocese, along with several other priests.

In their place, the provincial authorities established a five-member management committee led by Father Cui Qingqi, “who is said to be close to the government,” Vatican Radio reported.

The installation of Father Cui was the government’s way of remedying what Vatican Radio described as “an escalating standoff between authorities and the Church in the province.”

At the launch of the new team, no priests or nuns except Fr. Cui were allowed to speak, the report stated, and the government’s reshuffle “effectively overrules church leaders in Wuhan who want to decide on the allocation of priests to parishes themselves.”

The 2012 elevation of CCP-friendly Father Cui was “the latest example of interference by authorities in Wuhan” in the internal life of the Church, Vatican Radio noted.

Over the past year and a half, Wuhan has drawn international attention as the origin of the China coronavirus pandemic.

AsiaNews noted that the consecration of the bishop of Wuhan “had long been hoped for, as proof and symbol of the autonomy of the official Church recognised and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

#AceNewsDesk report………Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(ROME) JUST IN: Law enforcement in Milan is investigating the source of an envelope containing three bullets addressed to the pope, Italian paramilitary police said Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: The suspicious envelope was intercepted by postal employees overnight at a mail sorting facility in a Milan suburb, according to the carabinieri provincial command in Milan. It had been sent from France….

#AceDailyNews says that Italian postal workers have intercepted a suspicious letter containing three bullets to the pope that came from France and is under investgation according to in Milan…..

The envelope was addressed by hand in pen to: “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square, Rome,” and contained three bullets presumed to be for a pistol and a message referring to financial operations at the Vatican.

An investigation is ongoing. There is no immediate comment from the Vatican.

Source: Associated Press/Fox News/

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(ROME) JUST IN: An alleged female mafia boss has been arrested while trying to board a flight to the Costa del Sol to ‘visit her daughter’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.08: Maria Licciardi, 70, was cuffed at Ciampino airport in Rome Saturday while attempting to fly to Malaga in southern Spain.

#AceDailyNews says a female mafia boss known as Maria Licciardi was arrested in Rome on Saturday while trying to fly to Spain to ‘visit daughter’ she is alleged to be part of the notorious Neapolitan mafia known as the Camorra, was hoping to visit her daughter and to ‘attend to some business’, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

But she was arrested while queueing at the check-in desk by the Carabineros Corps – Italy‘s military police. 

Ms Licciardi, known as ‘la piccoletta’ or the little one due to her small stature, was with two associates at the time and went with the officers quietly, according to reports. 

She is accused of mafia-type association, extortion, receiving ill-gotten funds and auction rigging. 

Maria Licciardi (pictured), 70, was cuffed at Ciampino airport in Rome Saturday while attempting to fly to Malaga in southern Spain.

Prosecutors allege she is the boss of the Licciardi clan, which was founded by her brother Gennaro, aka La Scimmia (the monkey), in 1994. 

The gang is said to be most active in Secondigliano, a peripheral and rundown neighbourhood in Naples which is believed to be key to the drug trade.  

Ms Licciardi previously spent eight years in prison before being released in December 2009.      

It comes after Italian investigators warned that its country’s mafias have been eyeing up business expansion in Spain.  

General Giuseppe Governale, the anti-mafia director of Italy until 2020, warned that the influence of the Italian mafias was particularly prevalent in the Balearic Islands. 

The Camorra has a known presence on the islands, which include Ibiza and Majorca, due to their strategic geographical position, which makes them a port of call for drugs coming from South America. 

Palermo prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi also warned mafias will take advantage of the pandemic to buy bankrupt companies in the tourism sector throughout the continent, particularly on the Spanish coast or in France.

Following the death of her brother, Ms Licciardi is said to have taken over the family clan and maintained control by bringing together an informal coalition of 20 other Camorra groups. 

Ms Licciardi, known as 'la piccoletta' or the little one due to her small stature, was with two associates at the time and went with the officers quietly, according to reports

This allowed the mafia to expand control of Naples’ most lucrative rackets, inclduing drugs, cigarette smuggling, protection and more. 

It is said that the coalition, known as the Secondigliano Alliance, became more organised, secretive and powerful under her leadership, reported the Telegraph. 

But this alliance fell apart in the year 2000 when a bitter and deadly feud with the Lo Russo family over an alleged heroin shipment spilled out on the streets of Naples – with more than 50 killings attributed to the row.  

She would be jailed a year later before being released in 2009 and allegedly picking up where she left off.  

Before being sent to prison, Ms Licciardi, also known as ‘the godmother’, is alleged to have added prostitution to the Camorra’s business empire – despite it going against the organisation’s code. 

According to reports, the clan would buy women, many of them underage, from the Albanian mafia.  

Ms Licciardi has always shunned the limelight and has been described as charismatic. 

Police sources previously described her as ‘practical, charming, exceptionally intelligent’ but also as ruthless as her male equivalents.  

The Camorra is the oldest criminal organisation in Italy  

The Camorra is based in Campania, centred around Naples. 

Like Cosa Nostra and the ‘Ndrangheta, it is a criminal organisation, or secret society that finances itself through drug trafficking and distribution, cigarette smuggling, people smuggling, kidnapping, blackmail, bribery, prostitution, toxic waste disposal, construction, counterfeiting, loan sharking, money laundering, illegal gambling, robbery, arms smuggling, extortion, protection, political corruption, and racketeering. 

Its activities have led to high levels of murder in the areas in which it operates. It is the oldest and largest criminal organisation in Italy. 

It is older than the other organisations, possibly having been founded as early as the 16th century. 

The name originated as a blend between the word ‘Capo’ meaning boss, and ‘Morra’ which was a gambling game played on the streets of Naples. 

When the game was banned, the ‘Camoristi’ earned money from ‘protecting’ the gamblers from passing policemen.

Unlike Cosa Nostra, individual Camorra clans act independently of each other, and are more prone to feuding among themselves. 

This however makes the Camorra more resilient when top leaders are arrested or killed, with new clans and organisations germinating out of the stumps of old ones.

As one clan boss told a court: ‘Campania can get worse because you could cut into a Camorra group, but another ten could emerge from it.’

Source: understandingitaly.com – MailOnline/Telegraph/La Republica/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.08: 2021:

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(ROME) Mass2016 Report: The Catholic Church and the French state commemorated Monday the fifth anniversary of the martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel, whose throat was slit by two jihadists while he celebrated Mass on this day in 2016 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.01: On Monday morning, the archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, celebrated a special Mass in homage to the priest, who has been called“Europe’s first 21st-century martyr,” at the site of the assassination, the parish church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in Normandy.

#AceDailyNews says France Honors Catholic Priest Martyred by Islamic Terrorists Following the Mass, the French state also held a ceremony in honor of Father Hamel, with the participation of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin as well as the mayor of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Joachim Moyse.

Father Jacques Hamel. Painting by Neilson Carlin
Painting by Neilson Carlin

Jul 2021: Painting by Neilson Carlin

5 ans après sa mort; hommage au #PereHamel à #SaintEtienneduRouvray en présence de @GDarmaninpic.twitter.com/sw9XPqrbYF

— France 3 Normandie (@f3htenormandie) July 26, 2021

“Islamist barbarism touches upon all the symbols that make up France. Doesn’t the murder of a priest in his church deeply touch the soul of France?” Darmanin said from the platform, after listing jihadist attacks that have struck the country in recent years.

“The barbarism with which we have been confronted for many years is a barbarism that it is difficult to fight as it has no nationality or religion,” he continued, adding that “this barbarity continues to kill at home and at all times.”

En assassinant un prêtre dans son église, les terroristes n’ont pas seulement touché ceux qui croient en Dieu, ils ont touché l’âme de la France et tous les Français. pic.twitter.com/J3Kf9f0B5x

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) July 26, 2021

For his part, Archbishop Lebrun underscored the importance of the beatification process underway to declare Jacques Hamel a saint.

“How can we not emphasize the happy and providential choice of Pope Francis to exempt us from the 5-year waiting period before opening the beatification process that could one day officially recognize the martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel,” the archbishop said.

“The pope thus allowed the depositions of all the eyewitnesses to be collected,” he continued. “As you know, the diocesan investigation has been completed, deposited in Rome and we have received recognition of the validity of this investigation. The rest is no longer in our hands.”

As Breitbart News reported at the time, on the morning of July 26, 2016, Islamic State members Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean entered the small Catholic church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as Father Jacques Hamel was celebrating Mass.

Armed Police Now Guarding Canterbury Cathedral after French Priest Attack https://t.co/uJLjCxVncd pic.twitter.com/CO0CtaD6Fy

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 29, 2016

The attackers seized the priest and forced him to kneel before slitting his throat. Hamel’s last words were: “Depart from me, Satan!”

The jihadists also took the five congregation members hostage, critically injuring a religious sister, before being shot dead by French police.

Two months later, Pope Francis declared the slain priest to be a Christian “martyr,” a qualification that automatically makes the person a saint in the Church’s eyes.

Without formally canonizing Hamel, Francis said that Father Hamel is in heaven, noting that “all martyrs are blessed (beati),” a technical term the Catholic Church uses for those who have been “beatified” or declared to be in heaven.

Police officers stand guard the Saint-Etienne church on July 27, 2016 in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, 125 kilometres (77 miles) north of Paris. Father Jacques Hamel, a semi-retired assistant parish priest, had his throat slit in a church in northern France on July 26, 2016, after two men stormed the building and took hostages. (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

“You can put this photo in the church, because he is blessed now, and if someone tells you that you do not have the right, tell them that the pope gave you permission,” Francis told the archbishop of Rouen. He was referring to a photo of the deceased priest, which the Pope had signed.

In a reflection on Christian martyrdom, the pope said that there are “more Christian martyrs” today than in the early days of Christianity.

“Today there are Christians murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they do not deny Jesus Christ,” he said, and Father Jacques Hamel “is part of this chain of martyrs.”

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(ROME) Vatican Trial Report: A cardinal who allegedly induced an underling to lie to prosecutors. Brokers and lawyers who pulled a fast one over the Vatican No. 2 to get him to approve a disastrous real estate deal worth 350-million #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that the Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy with the first hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, being the culmination of a two-year investigation into the Holy See’s flawed 350 million-euro London real estate venture.

The first hearings will be Monday and Tuesday of a self-styled intelligence analyst who bought Prada and Louis Vuitton items with the Vatican money that she was supposed to send to rebels holding a Catholic nun hostage. The onetime chief of staff in the Vatican secretariat of state, Becciu is also linked to a mysterious figure who is also on trial, Cecilia Marogna, whom he hired in 2016 as an external security consultant.

– Vatican: Published: July.27: 2021:

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Vatican prosecutors have alleged a jaw-dropping series of scandals in the biggest criminal trial in the Vatican’s modern history, which opens Tuesday in a modified courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The once-powerful cardinal and nine other people are accused of bleeding the Holy See of tens of millions of dollars in donations through bad investments, deals with shady money managers and apparent favors to friends and family. They face prison sentences, fines or both if convicted.

The trial, which will likely be postponed for several months after the first hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the Holy See’s flawed 350 million-euro London real estate venture. That operation exposed the Vatican’s once-secret financial dealings and its structural dysfunction, which allowed just a few people to do so much damage to the Vatican’s finances and reputation, with little expertise or oversight.

But the prosecutors’ case also suggests that Pope Francis and his top lieutenants were not only aware of some of the key transactions, but in some cases explicitly authorized them, even without full documentation or understanding the details. Given the hierarchical nature of the Holy See and the obedience required of underlings to their religious superiors, questions also remain about why some people were charged and others not.

One Vatican monsignor who until recently was considered by prosecutors to be a key suspect, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, managed to avoid indictment. Perlasca’s office handled the London investment from start to finish and his boss had identified him as the main in-house culprit in obscuring the deal’s costly outcome. But prosecutors suggested that Perlasca flipped and became an important witness, in part after coming under pressure to recant his testimony by the lone cardinal on trial, Angelo Becciu.

Francis, who as absolute monarch wields supreme legislative, executive and judicial power in Vatican City, has in many ways already convicted Becciu.

Last year, Francis presented Becciu with evidence that he had sent 100,000 euros in Vatican funds to a Sardinian charity run by Becciu’s brother. Francis secured Becciu’s resignation as head of the Vatican’s saint-making office and then stripped him of his rights as cardinal, a sanction that was announced immediately by the Vatican press office.

Becciu, who is charged with embezzlement and pressuring Perlasca to recant, has denied any wrongdoing: Prosecutors allege Marogna embezzled 575,000 euros in Vatican funds that Becciu had authorized for ransoms to free Catholic hostages. Bank records from her Slovenian front company show the Vatican wire transfers were used instead to pay bills at luxury shops and boutique hotels. Marogna says the money was legitimate compensation and reimbursement for her intelligence-related expenses.

The London real estate deal dates to 2014, when the Vatican’s secretariat of state decided to invest an initial 200 million euros in a fund operated by Italian businessman Raffaele Mincione, with half the money put into the London building, half in other investments.

By November 2018, the original investment had lost 18 million euros, prosecutors say, prompting the Vatican to seek an exit strategy while retaining its stake in the building in London’s swank Chelsea neighborhood.

Enter Gianluigi Torzi, another broker, who helped arrange a 40 million euro payout to Mincione.

But prosecutors say Torzi then hoodwinked the Holy See by secretly restructuring 1,000 shares in the property’s new holding company in a way that gave him full voting rights. Prosecutors say Torzi then extorted the Vatican for 15 million euros to get control of the building that it thought it had already acquired.

Mincione and Torzi, who are accused of fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and other charges, have denied wrongdoing.

Becciu’s successor as chief of staff, Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, told prosecutors that Francis had made clear by November 2018 that he wanted to lose as little money as possible to finally secure ownership of the building and “turn the page and start over.” It was a message Francis repeated to Torzi himself during a January 2019 meeting, Pena Parra told prosecutors.

After realizing that Torzi actually controlled the building and based on Francis’ desire to move forward, Pena Parra said the Vatican had two choices. Those were to sue him or pay him off for the 1,000 voting shares that he owned. Pena Parra said the Vatican’s concern was that suing him could take years and even possibly end in Torzi’s favor.

“Between these two options, with the advice of lawyers and experts, option No. 2 was chosen because it was considered more economical, with more contained risks and in a more manageable time frame,” Pena Parra wrote in his testimony seen by The Associated Press. “It also simply aligned with the desire of the Superior,” a reference to Francis.

And yet the payout of 15 million euros to Torzi is at the heart of the case. Prosecutors accuse Torzi of extorting the Vatican for the money and the Vatican’s financial oversight agency of failing to stop the deal. The oversight’s managers say the Vatican had no choice but to pay Torzi, given the Secretariat of State — knowingly or not — signed legally binding contracts that gave Torzi control of the building.

Prosecutors say the secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was deceived into approving Torzi’s contract by a lawyer who drafted a one-page memo describing the deal but omitting key details, including Torzi’s voting stake. Pena Parra said only later did the Vatican realize the lawyer was associated with Torzi. Quoting Parolin’s own notes, Pena Parra said the cardinal approved the deal based on the lawyer’s brief memo and assurances from Perlasca and another Vatican money manager, Fabrizio Tirabassi.

Parolin, Pena Parra and Perlasca were not charged. Tirabassi is charged with corruption, extortion, embezzlement, fraud and abuse of office; he denies wrongdoing.

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(ROME) Property Holdings Report: The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time on Saturday, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.25: The 30-page APSA budget showed that it owns 4,051 properties in Italy and about 1,120 abroad, not including its embassies around the world….

#AceDailyNews says Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive the information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the first-ever public budget for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA).

Reuters

July 24 (Reuters) – The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time on Saturday, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever.

APSA, a sort of general accounting office, manages real estate and investments, pays salaries, and acts as a purchasing office and human resources department.

Between the two documents – each with an unprecedented number of pie charts, graphs and maps – and two explanatory interviews, the Vatican issued more than 50 pages of financial material.

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(VATICAN) Court Report: A judge has ordered 10 people, including an Italian cardinal, to stand trial for alleged financial crimes #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: Cardinal Angelo Becciu has become the highest-ranked cleric in the Vatican to be indicted over charges that include embezzlement and abuse of office.

Vatican Embezzelment Trial: ‘Cardinal Angelo Becciu among 10 charged according to Reuters: Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu had been a close adviser to Pope Francis’

The 73-year-old cardinal, who denies wrongdoing, was forced to resign last September, but retains his title. 

The charges relate to a multi-million-dollar property purchase with Church funds in London.

Cardinal Becciu was a close aide to Pope Francis and previously had a key job in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which manages the Church’s donations.

He will face questions over a controversial loss-making deal to invest in the luxury London building while he was in charge at the secretariat; the deal has since been the subject of a financial investigation.

The $200m (£155m) paid for the apartment block in Sloane Avenue came out of Church money through offshore funds and companies – a deal the cardinal had defended in the past.

In a statement released on Saturday by those close to him, the cardinal said he was “the victim of a conspiracy” and protested his “absolute innocence”, the AFP news agency reports.

Analysis by John McManus, BBC NewsGetting to the heart of the troubling relationship between the Vatican and its finances has become one of the main themes at the Vatican under Pope Francis: Parallel to his desire to make the Church a sanctuary where everybody, however imperfect, can find a place, has been his work to make the Vatican a distinctly unwelcoming destination for those who would use it to enrich themselves……………….The alleged crimes listed today still have to be proven in court.But the very fact the Pope was ready to sanction the indictment and trial of a cardinal who was not only a senior member of the Vatican hierarchy, but also by his own account a friend of Francis, signals again his clear intention that when it comes to financial wrongdoing he’s prepared to take unprecedented action to clean up the Church’s reputation………………..The risk for the Pope, and the Church, is that this trial will open up the possible mismanagement of the Holy See’s finances to further public scrutiny……………….Two former heads of the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit are among the 10 defendants. They face charges including embezzlement, money-laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office.

An Italian woman who worked for Cardinal Becciu was charged with embezzlement last year.The first hearing is set to be held on 27 July, according to the statementon Vatican News.

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(VATICAN) JUST IN: Germany’s top Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered his resignation to the Pope over the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jun.05: It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” he said in a letter to Pope Francis.

ROME: Top German cleric asks to quit over Church sex abuse failures: The statement in German on the Munich archbishop’s website says his letter was dated 21 May. The Pope has asked him to remain in his post pending a decision on his resignation offer.

21 hours ago

Cardinal Marx, 3 Mar 20
BBC News

He is the Archbishop of Munich. The Pope is still considering his offer.

Pope Francis has sent two bishops to Cologne to investigate abuse cases.

In 2018, a study commissioned by the Church itself found that more than 3,600 children in Germany had been sexually assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014.

Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures. About one in six cases involved rape. Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.

In his letter, Cardinal Marx said investigations in recent years had revealed “a lot of personal failure and administrative mistakes” but also “institutional or systemic failure” in relation to child sex abuse.

Cardinal Marx said in his letter that the Church had come to “a dead end”. He said that with his resignation the Church could perhaps “make a fresh start, a new departure”. 

“I want to show that it’s not the institution in the foreground, but the mission of the gospel.”

Cardinal Marx has a liberal reputation and has often called for reform of the Church, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin. 

The German Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations that some Church leaders covered up past child abuse. Conservative Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, is particularly under fire, our correspondent says. 

In March, Cardinal Woelki refused to resign, despite an independent report which revealed many breaches of duty by clerics in his Cologne Archdiocese. The report named more than 300 sexual abuse victims,after examination of Church records.

Cardinal Woelki has said he welcomes the Pope’s decision to send two bishops to investigate the handling of abuse allegations, and would support them in their work.

In March the cardinal said his resignation would have been “the easier path”. “By staying in office I’m taking on responsibility for what I have started in Cologne: unsparing full revelation.” 

Around a quarter of the German population is registered in the Catholic Church.Brigitte, a survivor of child sex abuse by a chaplain, explains why she is ready to speak now (From 2019)

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(ROME, Italy.) Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.02: But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow mobsters: His release after 25 years in jail has outraged his victims’ relatives: He will now be on parole for four years:

Sicilian Mafia: Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone he’s now on 4yr parole

20 hours ago

Giovanni Brusca held by two anti-mafia police after being arrested
Giovanni Brusca was arrested in 1996

Brusca, now 64, was arrested in 1996 then cooperated with authorities to gain a reduced sentence. The information he supplied led to numerous other gangsters being arrested, the report said.

Who is Giovanni Brusca?

Brusca, now 64, was a key figure within the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia group.

In 1992, he detonated the bomb that killed Italy’s leading anti-Mafia investigator, judge Giovanni Falcone, in one of the country’s most infamous murder cases.

Mr Falcone’s wife and three bodyguards were also killed in the attack, when Brusca set off half a tonne of explosives under the road near Palermo they were driving along.

The attack, followed two months later by the killing of Mr Falcone’s colleague Paolo Borsellino, rocked Italy and resulted in tough new anti-Mafia laws.

EPA: Mrs Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards were killed by the bomb

Brusca has confessed to his role in more than 100 murders.

One of the most gruesome was the killing of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 11-year-old son of another mafioso who had betrayed him. Brusca had the boy kidnapped and tortured before he was strangled and his body dissolved in acid – as a result, the child’s family couldn’t bury him.

After his arrest in 1996, he turned state witness in order to reduce his sentence. He helped investigators track down the gangsters responsible for several Mafia attacks in the 1980s and 1990s.

What has the reaction been?

Brusca’s release has prompted grief and anger among relatives of some of his victims.

The wife of one of the bodyguards killed, Tina Montinaro, told the Repubblica newspaper she was “indignant”.

“The state is against us – after 29 years we still don’t know the truth about the massacre and Giovanni Brusca, the man who destroyed my family, is free,” Ms Montinaro said. 

Maria Falcone, the sister of the judge, said she was “saddened” by the news but that the law gave Brusca the right to leave prison.

Several Italian politicians condemned Brusca’s release.

“After 25 years in prison, the mafia boss Giovanni Brusca is a free man. This is not the ‘justice’ that Italians deserve,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party.

“It is a punch in the stomach that leaves you breathless,” Enrico Letta, the leader of the centre-left Democratic party, told radio station Rtl 102.5 on Tuesday.

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(ROME) Vatican Gift Cap Report: Pope Francis set a 40-euro ($48) gift cap for all employees Thursday and issued a new law requiring, cardinals & managers to periodically report on their compliance with clean financial practices in one of his biggest efforts yet to crack down on corruption in the Holy See #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.01: The crackdown comes as Vatican prosecutors are nearly two years into a corruption investigation involving the Vatican’s investment in a London real estate venture. Francis has preached about cleaning up the Holy See’s murky financial practices for eight years, but the new law marks his biggest step yet to ensure his own cardinals and managers are clean:

Pope sets 40-euro Vatican gift cap in corruption crackdown: ‘The law requires Vatican superiors to declare every two years that they aren’t stashing money in tax havens and aren’t under criminal investigation for tax evasion, money laundering or other crimes: They also must declare that any investments they hold are in funds consistent with Catholic doctrine’

AP News

The most striking part of the law is a measure that, if broadly applied, would amount to a revolution in curial culture: It prohibits any Vatican employee from receiving work-related gifts with a value of over 40 euros ($48). 

While “work-related” will likely be open to some interpretation, the prohibition is clearly aimed at cutting down on the sometimes lavish gifts that Vatican officials are accustomed to receiving from wealthy benefactors, friends and fellow clerics.

The practice was highlighted by the recent scandal over ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined he sexually abused minors as well as adult seminarians. McCarrick was a successful fundraiser and was known for giving checks to Vatican officials, leading to speculation that his largesse helped him avoid punishment for his sexual misconduct, which was known in the Holy See as early as the 1990s.

The Vatican’s 2020 in-house investigation into McCarrick’s rise and fall said while his fundraising prowess weighed heavily in his advancement and nomination as archbishop of Washington, there was no evidence that his “customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See.”

In the preamble to the law, Francis wrote that the regulations were necessary “because corruption can manifest itself in different forms and ways.” Vatican superiors, he wrote, “have the particular responsibility of making concrete the fidelity of which the Gospel speaks, acting according to principles of transparency and the absence of any conflicts of interest.”

The Rev. Robert Gahl, vice chair of the Program of Church Management at Rome’s Pontifical Santa Croce University, said the pope is aiming to end conflicts of interest, patronage and corruption in the Holy See hierarchy and beyond. 

“Most importantly, by limiting gifts to 40 euros, the pope is shutting down the main on-ramp for greed, corruption, and clericalism in the church,” he said in an email, calling the law a “courageous” and “giant step” toward real financial reform in the church.

The pontiff decreed that any new hires must sign a declaration attesting that they have never been convicted of a crime and aren’t currently under investigation for offenses that include money laundering, corruption, fraud, exploitation of minors or tax evasion.

The declaration must be reaffirmed every two years, with possible firing foreseen as the penalty for lying.

Also included in the declaration is the pledge that neither the manager nor third parties hold investments in offshore tax havens and that all investments are in line with the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. Such ethical investments would, for example, exclude holdings in weapons manufacturers.

Pia de Solenni, president and executive director of the Global Institute of Church Management, which aims to spread best financial practices throughout the church, said she hoped the law’s implementation plan would be made public so the church can be better served. 

She welcomed the new law as “a step towards living the transparency and accountability that the Catholic Church should be modeling for the world.”

The gift cap is perhaps the most significant reform, since cardinals and Vatican monsignors routinely receive financial gifts to supplement their relatively modest salaries and pay for the secretaries and domestic staff who help them. 

It is not unusual, for example, for Vatican higher-ups to receive Christmastime checks from fellow clerics from wealthier dioceses, or for a new cardinal to have his red cassock paid for thanks to a donation from his flock or a benefactor. If the cardinal is a Vatican manager, presumably, such sartorial gifts must now be renounced.

There have long been stories of powerful Vatican cardinals receiving outrageous gifts from fellow prelates, most famously the money and gifts from the disgraced founder of the Legion of Christ to key Vatican cardinals, despite decades of documentation that he was a drug addict who sexually abused his seminarians. 

The law was published the same day that the Holy See’s adherence to international standards to fight money laundering and terrorism financing was reviewed by the Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee. The report will be released in a few weeks.

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(ROME, Italy.) JUST IN: An Italian navy officer has been arrested while being caught in the act of handing secret documents to a Russian military official, police say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: The men were stopped by military police on suspicion of serious crimes relating to espionage and state security: The Russian, who reportedly worked at the Russian embassy in Italy, is expected to be expelled:

‘Italian officer ‘caught selling secrets to Russia’ the Russian ambassador Sergey Razov has been summoned to the foreign ministry in Rome’

March 31, 2021

The carabinieri del Ros special operations group swooped on the men in Rome on Tuesday evening “during a clandestine meeting between the two, caught immediately after the transfer of a document by the Italian officer in exchange for a sum of money”, a police statement said.

The Italian is described as being the captain of a frigate and the Russian officer’s diplomatic status is currently being assessed.

The Russian embassy confirmed the involvement of a military attaché official but said any further comment was inappropriate, adding that it hoped the incident would not affect relations, Russia’s Ria news agency reported.

Italy’s Corriere website reports that papers seized in the naval officer’s flat suggest he may have passed on Nato secrets, thereby placing other countries’ national security at risk.

Russian decline in relations with Nato

Police moved in following a lengthy operation by Italy’s Aisi domestic intelligence agency. Italian media are describing the incident as the most serious since the Cold War.

Relations between Moscow and Nato have deteriorated since Russia seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014. The poisoning of leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, now being held in a Russian penal colony, has also led to a decline.

Last week, Nato member Bulgaria expelled two Russian diplomats for “intelligence activity incompatible with diplomatic relations”.

Italian fighter planes were involved in a Nato operation to intercept Russian planes over the Baltic Sea on Monday.

(c) BBC.Com/

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‘ Final Rise of ‘ The Roman Catholic Empire ‘ as Shimon Peres Proposes United Nations of Religions ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME (Vatican City) – September 20 – Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A “United Nations of Religions,” given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents according to Fox News in their report. 

' The Holy Roman Empire and European Union ' (United Nations of Europe)

‘ The Holy Roman Empire and European Union ‘ (United Nations of Europe)

The Vatican said Peres pitched the initiative during a 45-minute audience Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. The two men last met when Francis invited the then-Israeli president and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens on June 8.

A few weeks later, war broke out in the Gaza Strip.

Peres told the Catholic publication Famiglia Cristiana that the U.N. is ill-suited to handle today’s conflicts and that a “‘U.N. of Religions’ is the best way to fight terrorists who kill in the name of God.”

Francis promised the Vatican’s attention to the proposal.

#ANS2014

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ROME: ‘ Pope Francis Presides Over 20 Couples Marriages Including Cohabitee’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – September 14 – Pope Francis has presided over marriages for 20 Italian couples, including those who already have lived together and had children.

Pope Francis performs marriage ceremonies for cohabiting couples, parents

“The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others,”the diocese of Rome said in a statement.

“Some already live together, some already have children.” The ages of the brides and grooms ranged from the youngest being 25 to the oldest being 56.

This is his first wedding ceremony performed by Pope Francis.

The Church under the leadership of Pope Francis has welcomed and embraced us,” said Gabriella, one of the brides who had a grown-up daughter.

#ANS2014

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' Sudanese Woman Spared Death Sentence for Converting from Islam to Christianity Arrives in Rome '

#AceBreakingNews – ROME – July 24 – A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane.

​1 OF 3. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (R) carries one of her children as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli (C), Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, and his wife Agnese (L in More…
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Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.

"The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance," the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs says Meriam Ibrahim has been flown to Rome along with her family after spending over a month in the US Embassy in Khartoum (GretaWire)

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` Italian Navy Rescue Two-Boats Packed with More than 500 Migrants off Coast of Sicily ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – May 20 – Italy’s navy on Tuesday rescued two boats packed with more than 500 migrants, including 133 minors, AFP said.

There were also 64 women in the group, according to the navy.

A navy helicopter spotted the boats south of Sicily on Monday.

The rescue, carried out on Tuesday with the help of nearby merchant vessels, was delayed by poor weather conditions.

Almost all of the new arrivals are on boats leaving northern Libya, which is becoming increasingly lawless.

Many are originally from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria.

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