August 26, 2019

Rome tourist attractions attacked by vandals

It has been a few centuries since the last big time Vandal attack on Rome, but they are back it seems. Two big chunks have been knocked off a marble statue in a fountain in Rome's famed Piazza Navona in a series of attacks by vandals over the weekend. The damaged statue was a 19th-century … [Read more...]

Eight senior Libya military officers defect to rebels

Eight senior Libyan military officers - including five generals - have defected from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's army and joined the rebels. At a news conference in Rome the men appealed to fellow soldiers in Gaddafi's army to join them and back the rebels. One of the generals' named as On Ali … [Read more...]

Lap-dancing nun performs for church leaders

For years Anna Nobili worked as a lap dancer in Italian nightclubs. Now the 38 year-old is dancing for Jesus. This week she performed what she calls "The Holy Dance" for senior church leaders in Rome, including Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican's Cultural Department. In an … [Read more...]

Crab Nebula unleashes huge gamma ray flares

The Crab Nebula has surprised astronomers by emitting an unprecedented blast of gamma rays, in early April. Gamma rays are the highest energy light in the solar system, and the cause of the massive 12th April gamma-ray flare, is a mystery. The event has been detailed at the Third Fermi … [Read more...]

John Paul II beatified: one million attend vatican event

The late Pope, John Paul II, has been officially beatified by Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony at the Vatican in front of hundreds of thousands of Catholic pilgrims in St Peter's Square. Beatifiation is he last stage before sainthood, in the Roman Catholic Church. John Paul II died only six … [Read more...]

Alitalia Hijacker overpowered by passengers and crew

A man with a knife tried to hijack an Alitalia flight from Paris to Rome, demanding it be flown to Libya. Witnesses said the man grabbed a female flight attendant from behind and held a small knife to her throat. Other crew members and passengers intervened and wrestled the man to the floor. He … [Read more...]