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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Rome

All time
# Air Travel
2010 fall in Irish air passenger numbers was EU's worst
Figures compiled by Eurostat show that passenger numbers in Ireland fell by a greater proportion than those of any other.
# Peckish?
Considering a holiday? Use the Club Sandwich Index to pick a destination
Dublin is the seventh cheapest of all the cities surveyed by Hotels.com with an average club sandwich price of €12.
# Vatican Embassy
Closure of Vatican embassy will not be reversed 'in the immediate term'
Labour has cited savings of €845,000 stemming from the closure of the Embassy of the Holy See in Ireland, and says that it will not be reopened in the immediate future.
# Eau de Pope
Papal Perfume: Pope gets own fragrance
The Pope has commissioned a celebrity perfume-maker to create his own heavenly scent.
# Catholic Church
Pope says marriage is only place 'worthy' of conception
Pope Benedict also said that infertile couples should shun artificial procreation.
# Vatican Embassy
Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements
Eamon Gilmore tells the Dáil that the Holy See embassy closure could be revisited if the Vatican relaxes rules on dual embassies.
# now that's fast
On your marks: Bolt and Powell will race in Rome
The Olympic build-up is getting very exciting and May’s race meet in Rome will act as a fast-paced preview to the games.
# Vatican Embassy
Tánaiste: We're not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision
The Tánaiste reiterated that the government will review the decision when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve.
# Olympic Games
Monti: Italy cannot afford to be Olympic host
The Italian PM has pulled the plug on the country’s 2020 Olympic Games bid.
# Baby Jesus
The Vatican's Baby Jesus is rather big
After a spate of Baby Jesus statue robberies in the US (and Ireland), the Pope is clearly taking no chances.
# Vatican
Pope Benedict: I know Christmas will be difficult this year
The pontiff said the festive season will be difficult for many in the recession – but added there is more to Christmas than buying presents.
# Italy
Italy’s economic package passes, paving way for Berlusconi resignation
The embattled Italian premier had indicated he would resign once the €60 billion package was passed through parliament.
# occupy
Rome rioting said to cost over €1 million
Italy is counting the cost of yesterday’s riots as “Occupy” protests turned violent.
# occupy
Arrests in Chicago, New York and Rome following global day of action
Protests in Rome turned violent, while in Dublin there were peaceful marches in the city centre.
# Papal Visit
Pope says modern society suffering "amnesia" about God
Pope Benedict is on a visit to Spain which has been met with a number of protests.
# Cloyne Report
The Cloyne Report - What does the Vatican think?
Eamon Gilmore will seek an urgent meeting with the Vatican which was “entirely unhelpful” according to the report into clerical child sex abuse.
# Mamma Mia
Paulo di Canio swaps Rome for managerial role at Swindon Town
The controversial former West Ham United star will bring his unique character to the sidelines of football grounds in English football’s lowest tier next season.
# Italy
Italian campaign aims to assuage fears of major earthquake in Rome
City residents have been expressing fears over late seismologist’s ‘prediction’ that a devastating quake will strike Rome on 11 May 2011.
Voices
Column: Cardinal Rules (Part 23) On the beatification of Pope John Paul II
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland gives us a peek at his diary from the Vatican last weekend:”We are as excited as a bunch of schoolgirls on their way to a Cliff Richard concert”.
# beatification
Pope John Paul II beatified before more than a million people in Rome
The beatification was carried out by the current pontiff Pope Benedict XVI and moves the former pontiff one step closer to sainthood.
# beatification
Thousands gather for John Paul II's beatification ceremony as body brought to St Peter's
Ceremony will mark former pope’s next step toward sainthood, but a second miracle must be attributed to John Paul before canonisation is possible.
# easter
Pope uses traditional Easter message to appeal for diplomacy in Libya
The Urbi et Orbi message focuses on developments in Africa and the Middle East, as Benedict urges Europe to accept refugees.
LIVE
Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew
A Belgian bishop who resigned last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew has been sanctioned by the Vatican – and will no longer be permitted to act as a priest in public.
# Catholic Church
Vatican kicks off countdown to beatification of John Paul II
The Vatican has begun the countdown to the beautification of Pope John Paul II by posting videos on YouTube and creating a dedicated Facebook page.
# Vatican
Pope's donor card 'invalid' because the Vatican owns his body
Despite carrying an organ donor card, Benedict will not be able to donate his organs after his death because they are the property of “the entire church”.
# Italy
Mistaken bomb scare at Irish embassy in Rome
Police are called after a suspicious package – similar to those that blew up two other embassies – arrives in the post.
# Italy
Security in Rome on high alert after embassy bombings
Two embassies were targetted yesterday in parcel bomb attacks which have been claimed by an Italian anarchist group.
# Italy
Students occupy Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa to protest cuts
Italian students occupy the country’s most iconic tourist attractions to protest proposed cuts to college funding.
# Obsession
Penis envy? Berlusconi slammed for replacing statue body parts
What is it about the male appendage that keeps getting the Italian PM in such hot water?