John XXIII named as patron of Italian army

Blessed Pope John XXIII has been named patron of the Italian army. He served in World War I and was later known as “the pope of peace”. But Pax Christi officials said the decision by the Vatican’s liturgy office was disrespectful.

Giro d’Italia to end in Vatican City next year

The world’s most prestigious cycling race after the Tour de France will start in Jerusalem next year and end at the Vatican. The theme is “coexistence and peace”.

Iraqi patriarch sounds alarm over referendum

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako has said that Kurdistan’s independence referendum risks provoking a new conflict.

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