ROME — The first Christians were not complainers, Pope Francis said Saturday, because “sad people are not Christians.”
“We think of the first Christians, who had everyone against them, who were persecuted and yet they didn’t complain about the world,” the pope told participants in an international conference on evangelization taking place in Rome.
“Let us not be infected by the defeatism that sees everything as going badly,” he continued. “This is not the thought of God. Sad people are not Christians.”
ROME — Pope Francis invited 1,500 mostly poor people to lunch this weekend to celebrate the World Day for the Poor and requested that all pork be removed from the menu so as not to give offense to Muslim guests.
This Sunday marked the third annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor, a Catholic commemoration established by Pope Francis in November 2016 to celebrate the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Two American teenagers are in custody tonight in Rome. They are suspects in the stabbing death of a policeman. Police are investigating the release of a disturbing photo that shows one of the suspects blind-folded and handcuffed. Seth Doane reports.
Rome (CNN) – Two 19-year-old Americans have been arrested while on vacation in Rome over the murder of an Italian police officer Friday, Italian police told CNN Saturday.
The Carabinieri police force said in a statement that the pair were arrested Friday night for “the crime of aggravated murder and attempted extortion.”Police named the suspects as Christian Gabriel Natale Hjorth and Elder Finnegan Lee, and said both were from San Francisco, California. Photos of the pair have not been released.Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega was stabbed eight times at 2 a.m. local time on Friday, in the Prati neighborhood of Rome on Via Pietro Cossa, near the hotel where the two young men were staying, police said. Officer Rega was declared dead at 4:30 a.m.
Checked the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain off your bucket list? When you’re ready to dig deeper, Rome contains a wealth of things to do. And it’s no wonder—with over 2,000 years of history, the city is bound to hold some secrets. From exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods full of street art to walking the same streets that the gladiators once trod, these 10 under-the-radar things to do will inspire you to rediscover Rome. Continue at Source: 10 Under-the-Radar Things to Do in Rome
From the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, the must-see attractions in Rome. (And how to beat the crowds.)
Getting your arms around Rome is difficult at best, and deeply rewarding as you do. There’s too much to do in the Italian capital and always has been, which may be one reason that the Empire collapsed and the Visigoths couldn’t be held off back in the fifth century. But, turbulent as its history is, Rome endures. The town has earned its sobriquet, The Eternal City, quite honestly. Here, a distillation of this Rome’s enduring charms. Continue at Source: Must-See Tourist Attractions In Rome