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About Christopher
Christopher Livesay is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Rome, Italy. His recent work focuses on refugees, immigration, and the threat ISIS poses to the West. He has reported from Mexico to the Middle East for PBS FRONTLINE, NPR, the BBC/PRI, and VICE News, among other outlets, and has appeared on the CBC, FOX News and Italian state broadcaster Rai.

He holds a master’s degree (highest honors) from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

For three years Livesay was a staff reporter for the English and foreign desks at ANSA, the leading Italian news agency, where he was part of the team that broke the story of Benedict XVI’s shocking abdication.
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Blinken says Gaza's entire population facing 'acute food insecurity'

19 Mar 2024  |  www.yahoo.com
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reported that the entire population of Gaza is experiencing severe acute food insecurity and requires humanitarian assistance. Amidst increasing U.S. frustration with Israel's handling of the conflict with Hamas, Blinken announced plans to return to the Middle East for cease-fire talks. The civilian death toll from Israeli Defense Forces operations has reached over 31,500. President Biden has communicated the need for a coherent strategy to defeat Hamas to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The hostage situation remains unresolved, with Hamas holding the body of Israeli-American soldier Itay Chen, killed during the October 7 massacre.

Israel pushes back at mounting U.S., European criticism over Gaza war

18 Mar 2024  |  aol.com
Optimism grows for a new cease-fire in Gaza as Israel and Hamas discuss a truce involving hostage and prisoner exchanges. The Biden administration urges Israel to reconsider a ground offensive in Rafah, while the EU criticizes Israel for provoking famine in Gaza. Israeli Foreign Minister Katz denies the allegations, citing humanitarian aid efforts. Tensions rise between Israel and the U.S. as Senate Majority Leader Schumer calls for Israeli elections, which Netanyahu rebuffs. Despite international pressure, Netanyahu remains firm on military actions in Rafah. Clashes at Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital result in casualties and the capture of fighters by Israeli forces. Domestic protests in Israel reflect frustration with Netanyahu's handling of the war.

Hope for Israel-Hamas war truce tempered by growing rift between Netanyahu and his U.S. and European allies

18 Mar 2024  |  flipboard.com
Growing optimism surrounds talks of a potential new cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, with Israel and Hamas returning to negotiations. However, the hope for a truce is tempered by increasing tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his U.S. and European allies, highlighting the complexities of international relations in the context of the ongoing conflict.

Hope for Israel-Hamas war truce tempered by growing rift between Netanyahu and his U.S. and European allies

18 Mar 2024  |  cbsnews.com
Optimism is growing around potential ceasefire talks in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas, with discussions focusing on a truce that could involve a prisoner exchange. The Biden administration is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider a full-scale ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza, due to humanitarian concerns and potential international isolation. The U.S. is pushing for targeted strikes instead and continues to advocate for a ceasefire. The European Union has criticized Israel for provoking famine in Gaza, while Israel insists it allows humanitarian aid. Tensions between Israel and its allies, particularly the U.S., are escalating, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for new Israeli elections. Netanyahu has resisted international pressure, maintaining his stance on the necessity of military operations in Rafah. Meanwhile, deadly clashes continue in Gaza, notably at Al-Shifa hospital, and Israeli protests are demanding the release of hostages and criticizing Netanyahu's leadership.

Bethlehem experiencing a less festive Christmas amid Israel-Hamas war

25 Dec 2023  |  www.aol.com
Bethlehem's Christmas is subdued this year due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, which has left many Palestinians dead and affected tourism. Local shops are closed, and residents are forgoing festivities in solidarity with Gazans. The Church of the Nativity is quiet, and a nativity scene at the Evangelical Lutheran Church is made from rubble, symbolizing Jesus' identification with suffering. Palestinian Christians, the world's oldest community of believers, are dwindling in numbers, with many left homeless by the war. Community members express a desire for peace and feel forgotten by the global Christian community.

Bethlehem experiencing a less festive Christmas amid Israel-Hamas war

22 Dec 2023  |  cbsnews.com
Bethlehem is experiencing a subdued Christmas season due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, which has significantly affected the local community and tourism. The conflict has resulted in over 20,000 Palestinian deaths in Gaza and has led to the closure of many local shops since the October 7 massacre by Hamas. The town, known for its festive celebrations, is now quiet, with empty pews in the Church of the Nativity. A nativity scene made of rubble has been set up at the Evangelical Lutheran Church to symbolize Jesus identifying with the suffering of the people. The Palestinian Christian community, which is dwindling in numbers, seeks peace and feels forgotten by the world.

Israeli hostage's parents call for new truce, promise him: "We're coming."

05 Dec 2023  |  www.aol.com
With Israeli forces intensifying their operations in Gaza, the families of Israeli hostages, including Rachel Goldberg and Jonathan Polin, are increasingly desperate for their loved ones' release. Hersh Goldberg-Polin, taken hostage during Hamas' October 7 attack, is among those still held captive. The families are urging the Israeli government to negotiate a new cease-fire with Hamas, following a previous truce that saw the release of 110 hostages. The article highlights the dire conditions faced by hostages and the emotional pleas from their families for immediate action.

Rising grocery prices put pressure on millions of Americans already facing food insecurity

23 Nov 2023  |  PBS.org
Rising grocery prices are exacerbating food insecurity for millions of Americans, with nearly 15% of families with children affected. The pandemic has worsened access to food, with rising costs making it difficult for low-income households to afford basic necessities. Organizations like Feeding America and the Arlington Food Assistance Center are struggling with increased costs and supply chain issues, impacting their ability to provide food. Individuals like Cynthia Anthony and Jax Garnett share their personal challenges, highlighting the critical need for nutritious food assistance.

Israel pushes back at mounting U.S., European criticism over Gaza war

30 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Growing optimism surrounds talks of a new cease-fire in Gaza, with Israel and Hamas discussing a truce involving the release of hostages and prisoners. The Biden administration is pushing for a six-week cessation of violence and urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid a major ground offensive in Rafah. The U.S. and European Union have criticized Israel's handling of the war, citing humanitarian concerns and the risk of further civilian casualties. Despite international pressure, Netanyahu remains firm on continuing military operations. Protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation over his war strategy and failure to secure the release of hostages.

Blinken says all of Gaza facing 'acute food insecurity' as U.S. pushes Netanyahu over his war plans

10 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
The entire population of Gaza is experiencing severe food insecurity, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The U.S. is showing signs of frustration with Israel's handling of the war with Hamas, urging a more coherent strategy. President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu recently discussed alternative strategies, including limited strikes targeting Hamas operatives. The high civilian death toll in Gaza has strained U.S.-Israel relations. Families of hostages captured by Hamas are pressuring Netanyahu for a resolution, while emphasizing Hamas' responsibility for the crisis.

Italy could be poised to set a new European temperature record

10 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Fires in Greece have forced evacuations, while Italy braces for potentially record-breaking temperatures in Sicily or Sardinia. Rome has set up 'heat points' to help people cope with the intense heat, which has already broken local records. The heat wave, named Charon, is affecting southern Europe, with Germany also issuing heat warnings. The extreme heat and climate change threaten Italy's prosecco production and have led to measures to protect animals in Berlin Zoo. The United Nations warns that the heat wave may continue into August.

Blinken says Gaza's entire population facing 'acute food insecurity'

10 Oct 2023  |  www.newsbreak.com
The entire population of Gaza, approximately 2.3 million people, is experiencing severe food insecurity, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The U.S. government is showing signs of frustration with Israel's handling of the conflict with Hamas. Blinken announced plans to return to the Middle East to negotiate a new cease-fire. The conflict has resulted in over 31,500 deaths in Gaza, straining U.S.-Israel relations. President Biden has urged Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to adopt a more coherent strategy and consider alternative approaches. The article also highlights the plight of hostages taken by Hamas, including the case of Itay Chen, whose family continues to seek his return.

Blinken says Gaza's entire population facing 'acute food insecurity'

10 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
The entire population of Gaza, approximately 2.3 million people, is experiencing severe food insecurity, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The U.S. government is showing signs of frustration with Israel's handling of the conflict with Hamas. Blinken announced plans to return to the Middle East to negotiate a new cease-fire. The conflict has resulted in over 31,500 deaths in Gaza, straining U.S.-Israel relations. President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu recently discussed the need for a coherent strategy to defeat Hamas and address the humanitarian crisis. The article also highlights the plight of hostages taken by Hamas, including the case of Itay Chen, whose family continues to seek his return.

Russia is bombarding Ukraine with drones guided by U.S.-made technology, and the chips are still flowing

06 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Russian and Iranian drones attacking Ukraine are equipped with key technology from European and American companies, including chips from U-Blox, Maxim, and Microchip. These components, essential for navigation, are being used by Russia to enhance the accuracy of their drone strikes. Despite sanctions, these chips continue to reach Russia through third-party countries. Ukrainian officials and experts suggest that removing GLONASS compatibility from these chips could reduce the effectiveness of Russian drones. The article highlights the ongoing efforts to address this issue and the challenges faced by companies in controlling the distribution of their products.

Odesa residents brace for fight: "I can sacrifice anything. Even my life."

05 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Russian forces are advancing along the Black Sea coastline, with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky warning of an imminent attack on Odesa. Residents face the dire choice of fleeing or staying to fight, with many opting to stay and prepare defenses. The situation in other coastal cities like Mariupol is dire, with heavy shelling and mass casualties. The fall of Odesa would be a significant loss for Ukraine, giving Russia control over the northern Black Sea and pressuring NATO allies. Local volunteers, including former air traffic controller Dmitro Boris, are determined to defend the city at all costs.

Catholic Church's future on the table as Pope Francis kicks off 2023 Synod with an LGBTQ bombshell

04 Oct 2023  |  flipboard.com
Pope Francis initiated a significant meeting in Rome to discuss the future of the Catholic Church, addressing contentious topics including LGBTQ issues. The three-week synod aims to tackle various challenges and potential reforms within the Church, reflecting Pope Francis's progressive stance on certain matters.

Catholic Church's future on the table as Pope Francis kicks off 2023 Synod with an LGBTQ bombshell

04 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis has initiated a historic Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, addressing contentious issues such as the blessing of same-sex unions, the role of women in the church, and the inclusion of divorced and remarried Catholics. This synod marks the first time women and laypeople are allowed to vote. Francis' recent remarks on potentially blessing same-sex unions have sparked both support from LGBTQ organizations and criticism from conservative church members. The synod aims to discuss and potentially reshape the future direction of the Catholic Church.

New technology allows archaeologists to use particle physics to explore the past

01 Oct 2023  |  www.newsbreak.com
Archaeologists in Naples, Italy, are leveraging breakthrough particle physics technology to explore ancient burial chambers without excavation. Using muon detectors, researchers can create detailed 3D models of hidden structures by tracking cosmic rays. This technology, which has applications in archaeology, volcanology, and even cancer treatment, represents a significant advancement in non-invasive exploration and medical diagnostics.

Americans flood tourist hot spots across Europe after pandemic

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
European tourism is experiencing a significant revival as American visitors flood popular destinations like Paris, London, and Rome, marking a 55% increase compared to last year. This surge is revitalizing local businesses and leading to higher room prices. Innovative tourist activities, such as Vespa sidecar tours, are gaining popularity. However, some tourists have caused damage to historic sites, highlighting the mixed impact of the tourism boom.

Italian official calls tourists 'vandals' after months of bad behavior

01 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
European officials are calling for stricter measures to hold tourists accountable for their bad behavior, which has included vandalism and dangerous stunts at cultural landmarks. Italy's tourism minister, Daniela Santanchè, emphasized the need for respect towards cultural heritage, while other countries like Spain and the Netherlands have also taken steps to curb disruptive activities. The rise in tourism, particularly from the U.S., is partly blamed for the increase in incidents, causing frustration among local residents.

Americans flood tourist hot spots across Europe after pandemic

01 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
European tourism is experiencing a significant revival as American visitors flood popular destinations like Paris, London, and Rome, marking a 55% increase compared to last year. This surge is revitalizing local businesses and leading to higher room prices. Innovative tourist activities, such as Vespa sidecar tours, are gaining popularity. However, some tourists have caused damage to historic sites, highlighting the mixed impact of the tourism boom.

Catastrophic flooding in Italy leaves 9 dead, forces thousands to evacuate

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Northern Italy is experiencing catastrophic flooding, resulting in at least nine deaths and thousands of evacuations. The region, previously affected by severe drought, is now overwhelmed by torrential rains, leading to washed-away bridges, submerged cars, and missing persons. The flooding has also impacted neighboring countries like Bosnia, Slovenia, and Croatia. Experts attribute the disaster to climate change. The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was canceled to avoid overburdening emergency services.

CBS News team covering the Morocco earthquake finds a tiny puppy alive in the rubble

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wltx.com
In the aftermath of Morocco's devastating earthquake, a CBS News team discovered a tiny puppy alive in the rubble near Talat N'Yaqoob. The team, including engineer Steve Argyll, rescued the disoriented puppy and transported it to Marrakech, where it received veterinary care. Argyll decided to adopt the puppy, named Popty, and is arranging to bring it to his home in London. The story highlights the compassionate efforts of the CBS News team amid the challenging conditions following the earthquake.

WWII veteran reunites with siblings whose lives he almost cut short

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
A World War II veteran, Martin Adler, reunited with three Italian siblings he almost accidentally shot in 1944 while searching for Nazis. The emotional reunion, facilitated by Adler's daughter and local Italians, took place at Bologna airport. Adler, now 97, was deeply moved by the event, which was also documented by local historian Matteo Incerti. The siblings, now grandparents, expressed gratitude for Adler's actions during the war.

Italian official calls tourists "vandals" after viral incidents: "No respect for our cultural heritage"

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Recent incidents of tourists vandalizing cultural landmarks in Europe have led officials to call for stricter measures. Italy's tourism minister, Daniela Santanchè, labeled such tourists as vandals and emphasized the need for accountability. The rise in bad behavior is partly attributed to increased tourism, with a significant influx from the U.S. Residents and officials in various European cities, including Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam, are expressing frustration and taking measures to curb the disruptive actions of tourists.

Pope Francis performed miracle on boy at Vatican, mother says

01 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Paolo Bonavita, a 10-year-old Italian boy with autism and epilepsy, met Pope Francis at the Vatican, where he showed a keen interest in the pope's zucchetto. Despite his health challenges, Bonavita managed to climb the stairs to meet the pope, which his mother, Elsa Morra, found miraculous. After the pope promised to pray for him, Bonavita's health improved significantly, with doctors finding no signs of cancer. Morra expressed her gratitude, attributing her son's recovery to a miracle by Pope Francis.

Video appearing to show 2 missing Americans released by Russian media

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Families are anxiously awaiting information on the fates of Americans missing in the Ukraine war. Russian media released a video showing Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, who are believed to be in Russian custody. President Biden stated that the U.S. is unaware of their whereabouts and advised Americans to avoid Ukraine. The pair went missing in Eastern Ukraine, where fighting has been intense. Another American fighter confirmed the video's authenticity. A third American, Grady Kurpasi, is also missing. The fate of captured Americans is uncertain, with Russian lawmakers discussing the death penalty.

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of "ethnic cleansing" in Nagorno-Karabakh

28 Sep 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of ethnic cleansing as tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians fled Nagorno-Karabakh amid an Azerbaijani military operation. Pashinyan predicted a complete exodus of Armenians from the region. The conflict, which has seen a significant humanitarian crisis, has led to the displacement of over 65,000 people. The U.S. government announced $11.5 million in aid, emphasizing the need for humanitarian access and evacuation of injured civilians. The future of Nagorno-Karabakh remains uncertain following the separatists' agreement to disarm.

CBS News team covering the Morocco earthquake finds a tiny puppy alive in the rubble

15 Sep 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
A CBS News team in Talat N'Yaqoob, Morocco, discovered a puppy alive in the debris following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 3,000 people. The puppy, too young to open its eyes, was rescued and cared for by the team. CBS News engineer Steve Argyll decided to adopt the puppy, naming it Popty. After being checked by a veterinarian and found healthy, arrangements are being made for Popty to be transported to Argyll's home in London.

Morocco quake death toll tops 2,800 as frantic rescue efforts continue

11 Sep 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
The death toll from the devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco has risen to 2,862, with 2,562 injured. The United Nations estimates that 300,000 people have been affected. Rescue efforts continue in the hardest-hit areas, particularly in the High Atlas Mountains, where rockslides have blocked access. The need for aid is urgent, with significant damage reported in cities like Marrakech. The U.S. Embassy in Morocco has confirmed a small number of injured Americans but no fatalities.

Pope Francis starts Catholic Church's 'World Youth Day' summit by meeting sexual abuse survivors

02 Aug 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis commenced the Catholic Church's 'World Youth Day' in Portugal by meeting with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, addressing the church's dark legacy. The event, attended by hundreds of thousands of young Catholics, is seen as a celebration of faith and the future of the church. The pontiff's actions and statements highlight the ongoing need for purification and support for victims. The festival also underscores the church's diverse and global community, with participants from various regions, including Latin America and the United States.

Drone helps Italian police nab suspected arsonist in the act

27 Jul 2023  |  news.yahoo.com
A drone equipped with a high-resolution camera and thermal imaging has aided police in Calabria, Italy, in capturing a suspected serial arsonist. The region has been experiencing devastating wildfires since early July. The drone detected the suspect fleeing a fire on a motorcycle, leading to his arrest at an isolated farmhouse. The regional governor, Roberto Occhiuto, condemned the arsonist's actions and emphasized the use of drones for monitoring wildfires, promising zero tolerance for arson. Wildfires have caused significant damage across the Mediterranean, with Italy's agricultural sector suffering and at least four deaths attributed to the fires this month.

Italy police use drone to catch suspected arsonist in the act as wildfires char Calabria

27 Jul 2023  |  cbsnews.com
Police in Calabria, Italy, have arrested a 47-year-old suspected serial arsonist using a drone equipped with a high-resolution camera and thermal imaging. The drone detected the suspect fleeing a fire on a motorcycle and led law enforcement to an isolated farmhouse where he was apprehended. Regional governor Roberto Occhiuto condemned the arsonist's actions and emphasized a zero-tolerance approach, with 30 drones available to monitor wildfires. Wildfires have caused significant damage across the Mediterranean, with Italy's agricultural sector suffering and at least four deaths in Italy and 34 in Algeria due to the fires.

Death toll hits 40 as wildfires char parts of Europe and North Africa

26 Jul 2023  |  news.yahoo.com
Wildfires across Southern Europe and North Africa have resulted in at least 40 deaths, with Algeria experiencing the majority of fatalities. Tens of thousands have been evacuated from Greece's Mediterranean islands due to the fires, exacerbated by heat waves with temperatures soaring to 113 degrees in Greece. Fatalities include elderly individuals in Italy and a man in Greece, with two pilots also killed in a firefighting plane crash. Croatian wildfires have triggered landmine explosions, and Portugal is battling fires near Lisbon. The World Weather Attribution group attributes the heat waves to human-caused climate change, while northern Italy and Germany face severe storms.

Health warnings as "Cerberus" heat wave broils southern Europe

14 Jul 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Southern Europe is experiencing extreme temperatures due to the Cerberus heat wave, with Spain and Italy issuing health warnings and high heat alerts. The heat wave, originating from North Africa, is expected to break temperature records, with Spain potentially reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit and Italy 104 degrees. Greece is also taking preventive measures against wildfires and providing public cooling spaces. The heat wave has already caused one death in Italy and is impacting various sectors, including a drop in milk production. The Mediterranean region is particularly vulnerable to rising temperatures due to climate change.

Cerberus, heat wave named for dog that guards Greek mythology's underworld, locks its jaws on southern Europe

Pope working from hospital as he recovers from successful surgery

08 Jun 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Pope Francis is recovering well after a successful abdominal surgery at Rome's Gemelli Hospital. The 86-year-old pontiff, who has undergone multiple surgeries in the past, is expected to stay in the hospital for several days. Despite his health challenges, including a recent lung infection, Francis resumed work from his hospital bed. His medical team aims to have him healthy for upcoming trips to Portugal and Mongolia. The pope's health issues have sparked rumors of potential resignation, but he remains committed to his role. Earlier this year, Francis presided over the funeral of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict, who retired at 85.

Pope Francis surgery completed "without complications," pontiff working from hospital during recovery

08 Jun 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis successfully underwent his second abdominal surgery in two years, with the Vatican confirming no complications. The 86-year-old pontiff is recovering at Rome's Gemelli Hospital and has resumed work from his hospital bed. The surgery aimed to treat a painful abdominal hernia, and Francis is expected to stay hospitalized for five to seven days. This marks his fourth surgery, following a recent lung infection. All formal audiences are canceled until June 18 to allow for recovery. Speculation about his potential resignation persists, though Francis has indicated he will continue his papacy unless severely impeded.

Catastrophic flooding in Italy leaves 9 dead, forces thousands to evacuate

18 May 2023  |  cbsnews.com
Massive flooding in northern Italy, exacerbated by climate change, has resulted in at least nine deaths and thousands of evacuations. The region, previously suffering from severe drought, has been overwhelmed by rainfall reaching 20 inches in some areas within 36 hours. Rescues are ongoing, with bridges destroyed and many still missing. The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was cancelled to alleviate pressure on emergency services.

Pope Francis "gradually improving" under hospital treatment for respiratory infection, Vatican says

30 Mar 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis is gradually improving after being hospitalized with a respiratory infection, according to the Vatican. He is continuing his planned treatment and has resumed some activities. The 86-year-old pontiff, who does not have COVID-19, received an outpouring of sympathy, including from President Biden. Francis has faced mobility issues and health problems, leading to speculation about his potential resignation, though he has indicated he will continue his papacy unless severely impeded. The faithful have kept vigil outside the hospital, reminiscent of his 2021 hospitalization for colon surgery.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI laid to rest by his successor, Pope Francis

05 Jan 2023  |  autos.yahoo.com
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid to rest in Vatican City, with Pope Francis leading the historic funeral Mass. Benedict, who resigned in 2013, was the first pope to do so in modern times. The funeral was attended by up to 100,000 people, including numerous cardinals, bishops, and priests. Benedict, remembered as a great intellectual, was buried with coins from his papacy and a historical account of his life. His tenure was notably marked by his resignation due to deteriorating health. Official delegations from Italy and Germany, along with royalty and heads of state, attended the funeral. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for a Novena in his memory.

Thousands mourn Benedict XVI as pope emeritus lies in state at the Vatican

02 Jan 2023  |  cbsnews.com
Thousands have paid their respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died at age 95 and is lying in state at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. He will be buried by his successor, Pope Francis, on Thursday. Benedict XVI was known for his orthodoxy and was the first pope to resign in six centuries. His papacy was marked by firsts, including being the first pope to meet with victims of sex abuse and apologize. The Vatican has announced that his funeral will be a sober and simple ceremony, as per his wishes.

Thousands mourn Benedict XVI as pope emeritus lies in state at the Vatican

Former Pope Benedict XVI, first in centuries to resign, has died

01 Jan 2023  |  KRTV NEWS Great Falls
Benedict XVI, the former pope who resigned in 2013, has died at 95. Known for his unexpected resignation, he was the first pope in over 700 years to step down voluntarily. Born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany, he was conscripted into the Hitler Youth and later became a cardinal. As pope, he was known for his conservative views but also embraced modern technology. His papacy faced criticism for its handling of sexual abuse scandals and internal Vatican corruption. After his resignation, he was succeeded by Pope Francis and lived in retirement as pope emeritus.

Former Pope Benedict XVI, first pope in centuries to resign, dies at age 95

01 Jan 2023  |  www.cbsnews.com
Benedict XVI, the former pope who resigned in 2013, has died at the age of 95. Known for being the first pope in over 700 years to step down voluntarily, Benedict cited deteriorating mental and physical health as his reason for resignation. Born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany, he was conscripted into the Hitler Youth and later became a cardinal before being elected pope in 2005. His papacy was marked by efforts to reform Vatican finances and address sexual abuse scandals, though he faced criticism for his slow response. Benedict's death has elicited reactions from religious leaders, who expressed both sadness and gratitude for his contributions to the church.

Pope Francis performed a miracle on boy who walked onstage at Vatican, mother says

17 Nov 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Paolo Bonavita, a 10-year-old Italian boy with autism and epilepsy, experienced a significant health improvement after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Initially suspected of having a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis, Bonavita's test results later showed no sign of cancer, leading his mother, Elsa Morra, to believe that the pope performed a miracle. Pope Francis had offered prayers for Bonavita and provided words of encouragement to Morra.

President Biden says Pope Francis told him to 'keep receiving Communion' during visit to Vatican

29 Oct 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis and President Joe Biden held a 75-minute meeting at the Vatican, discussing climate change, healthcare, and human rights. Biden, the first Catholic president since JFK, has faced criticism from conservative bishops over his stance on abortion and same-sex marriage. The Pope reassured Biden of his standing as a 'good Catholic' and encouraged him to continue receiving Communion. The meeting, marked by warmth and mutual respect, also touched on the upcoming G20 summit and the COP26 climate conference. The two leaders exchanged gifts, highlighting their shared commitment to addressing global challenges.

Pope Francis urges openness to migrants as he meets one of Europe's most anti-immigration leaders

13 Sep 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis, during his visit to Central Europe, subtly criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-migrant stance, urging Hungarians to be more open and welcoming. The Pope's message of inclusivity continued in Slovakia, where he emphasized the importance of caring for the vulnerable and promoting integration and peace. Despite a busy schedule and recent surgery, the Pope appeared energetic throughout his trip.

Italy requires vaccination proof for bars and restaurants

30 Jul 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Italy has introduced new COVID-19 restrictions requiring proof of vaccination, known as the 'Green Pass,' for entry into bars, restaurants, and tourist sites. The rule, effective from July 30, aims to combat the surge in coronavirus cases. While some Italians view the pass as a violation of civil liberties, the majority see it as a necessary measure to prevent a repeat of the severe pandemic conditions experienced last year. The new rules have led to a significant increase in vaccination rates across the country.

Big cruise ships banned from entering central Venice

14 Jul 2021  |  cbsnews.com
The Italian government has declared Venice's lagoon a national monument and banned large cruise ships from its center to protect the city's fragile environment. The ban, effective from August 1, applies to ships over 25,000 tons, 590 feet long, or 115 feet high. This decision comes ahead of UNESCO's session to consider listing Venice as endangered. The decree also includes compensation for workers and the cruise industry. However, the redirection of ships to the industrial port of Marghera raises concerns about pollution and erosion. Environmental scientist Jane Da Mosto criticizes the move, citing increased fuel consumption and potential damage to the lagoon's ecosystem.

As COVID-19 wave begins to flatten in India, new deadly illness poses a challenge

21 Jun 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
India's health system, already strained by a severe second wave of COVID-19, now faces a new threat from Mucormycosis, or 'black fungus,' with over 28,000 cases reported, primarily among COVID-19 patients and survivors. The infection, which has a high mortality rate, is exacerbated by the use of steroids in COVID-19 treatment. Maharashtra is the worst affected state, and there is a shortage of the critical drug Liposomal Amphotericin-B. As the second wave wanes, India is preparing for a potential third wave while dealing with the fungal outbreak.

As COVID-19 wave begins to flatten in India, new deadly illness poses a challenge

21 Jun 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
India's health system, already strained by a severe second wave of COVID-19, now faces a new challenge with the rise of Mucormycosis, or 'black fungus,' particularly affecting COVID-19 patients and survivors. Over 28,000 cases have been reported, with a high mortality rate, especially among those with diabetes. The use of steroids in COVID-19 treatment is contributing to the vulnerability. Maharashtra is the worst affected state, and there is a shortage of the critical drug Liposomal Amphotericin-B. As the second wave wanes, India is preparing for a potential third wave while dealing with this new health crisis.

Volunteers risk lives to collect bodies of COVID-19 victims in India

12 May 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Volunteers in New Delhi are risking their lives to collect and cremate the bodies of COVID-19 victims who died at home, as the official death toll in India is believed to be significantly underreported. The overwhelmed healthcare system has left many without access to hospital care, leading to a surge in home deaths. Volunteer groups, led by individuals like Jitender Singh Shunty, have been crucial in providing cremation services, with makeshift crematoriums operating non-stop. The volunteers' efforts highlight the severe impact of the pandemic and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in India.

Pope Francis visits areas ransacked by ISIS in first ever trip to Iraq

07 Mar 2021  |  www.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis concluded his historic visit to Iraq by visiting Mosul, a city devastated by ISIS, and calling for forgiveness and hope. He also visited Qaraqosh, a Christian town nearly destroyed by ISIS, and celebrated Mass in Erbil, emphasizing the importance of resilience and encouraging people to remain in their homeland despite past atrocities.

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Europe's Biggest Illegal Dump — ‘Italy’s Chernobyl’ — Uncovered in Mafia Heartland

19 Jun 2015  |  www.vice.com
Authorities in the town of Calvi Risorta near Naples have discovered Europe's largest illegal dumpsite, feared to be toxic and contributing to the region's high cancer rates. The site spans 30 soccer fields and contains over two million cubic meters of hazardous material. Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti stated that initial cleanup and radioactivity risk assessment would take over a month. The dumpsite is linked to the Casalesi clan of the Camorra mafia, notorious for their waste management racket. Environmental group Legambiente highlighted the region's cancer rates, 80 percent higher than the national average, and estimated that 10 billion tons of waste has been buried since 1992. Italy has been fined by the European Court of Justice for violating EU waste-management laws. A new Italian law makes illegal dumping a high felony, aiming to deter the crime.

Pope Francis Excommunicated the Mafia, but the Mobsters Don't Give a Damn

10 Jul 2014  |  www.vice.com
In the small town of Oppido Mamertina, a religious procession diverted to pay tribute to convicted mob boss Peppe Mazzagatti, highlighting the deep-rooted influence of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Calabria. Despite Pope Francis's recent excommunication of organized crime members, the mafia and some clergy continue to maintain their ties. Authorities are investigating the parade for possible mafia links, while anti-mafia figures criticize the clergy's complacency. The article underscores the complex relationship between the Catholic Church and organized crime in Italy.
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