Arrivederci Rome: Venice votes on independence referendum

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While the referendum over Crimea’s secession from Ukraine continues to make headlines worldwide, a much lower-profile poll for independence is gaining momentum in Italy: the vote for the breakaway of Venice.

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Pope Francis honeymoon continues: Draws big crowds and new fans

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ROME – More than one month since his election, Pope Francis is winning new fans and drawing big crowds to the Vatican.   

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From Rome to Africa: Meet the 20 men who could be pope

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As the papal conclave begins in Rome, wrapped in mystery and secrecy, there is no indication that the 115 cardinals will be deciding between just a couple of front-runners in choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

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Boston’s sandal-wearing cardinal attracts buzz as long shot for pope

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Vatican watchers say he’s a long shot, but Rome chatter hints Cardinal Sean O’Malley may be a possible contender to be the next pope.

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The path to an American pope? Cardinal’s elevation gives US clout at Vatican

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The red, or rather scarlet, carpet will be rolled in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday for the elevation of six cardinals. The new so-called “princes of the church” will receive their ring, scarlet skullcap and the traditional biretta, a four-cornered hat, in a solemn ceremony presided by Pope Benedict XVI.

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That’s more like it! Much-mocked pope statue gets a makeover

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The city of Rome has inaugurated a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.

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Crowd of 5,000 goes ‘Gangnam Style’ during flashmob in Rome

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People dance on the ‘Gangnam Style’ song during a flashmob organized at Piazza del Popolo on Nov. 10, in Rome. Some 5,000 people, most of them teenagers, took part in the event which started at exactly 4:45PM and lasted the the length of the song of the South Korean DJ PSY.