All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Rome’

Selfie Seekers Caught Carving Initials into the Colosseum

What would you do for the perfect selfie? Would you deface a landmark – one of the most famous historical locations in the world? Two Californian women did. The Guardian reports that security at Rome’s Colosseum caught the women, aged 21 and 25, shortly after carving their initials into the ancient rock. The two were apparently able to scratch a …

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Michael Douglas Opens Up About Son’s Drug Issues And Being A Dad

Last week, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and their kids Dylan, 13 and Cary, 11 went on a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate their son’s bar mitzvah. The trip to Jerusalem was a more serene celebration than Dylan’s bar mitzvah party in New York just last month where Douglas injured himself. “I got carried away at my son’s bar mitzvah this …

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Pope Francis Canonizes Two Pontiffs

Pope Francis named two distinctive papal predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, as saints before a congregation of hundreds of thousands of witnesses in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday, during an unprecedented service that was attended by Pope Benedict XVI. Historically, two former popes had never been canonized together, and a retired pope and a reigning …

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John Durkin: Missing Student Found Dead in Rome

The Boston Globe reports sad news today: the Bates College junior from Rye Beach, New Hampshire who was reported missing on February 19th has now been reported dead. The 21-year-old was on a study-abroad trip along with 54 other students in Rome; the Italian Railway Police reported online that the body of a 21-year-old United States citizen had been found …

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Pope Francis, Bouncer and Holy Father

His Holiness…and nightclub bouncer? Pope Francis, 76, recently told parishioners that he held various odd jobs before becoming God’s enforcer, including a bouncer in a Buenos Aires bar. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as he was known then, was a college student and in addition to his doorman duties also earned extra money by sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical …

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Tunnels Under Rome Being Mapped to Prevent Further Damage to City

An extensive series of ancient tunnels and quarries under Rome are threatening parts of the city that has been built atop them. Many years ago, Rome’s earliest architects discovered that tuff, or rock made of consolidated volcanic ash, was a perfect building material. It was strong, yet easily carved into blocks. The soil beneath Rome was layered atop this tuff, …

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Italian Political Crisis Awaits Wednesday Vote

Italian parliament is anticipating a Wednesday vote of confidence, called by current prime minister Enrico Letta, of the center-left Democratic Party. Letta has been in office since April 2013. The government faces dissolution and new elections if a Senate majority fails to back Rome. Familiar strains as the US faces its own potential government shutdown. An Italian Senate commission will …

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