Bidding 2017 farewell, Pope Francis on Sunday decried wars, injustices, social and environmental degradation and other man-made ills which he said spoiled the year.
Italy's plan to reduce the risk of a jihadi-inspired attack is pinned in small part on El Hacmi Mimoun, an imam who bikes to the prison here every week and exhorts Muslim inmates not to stray from life's "right path" or hate people who aren't Muslim.
For centuries, Renaissance artist Pintoricchio was practically accused of blasphemy by those who contended he used Pope Alexander VI's young lover as the model for the Madonna in a wall painting that decorated the pontiff's private apartment.
The U.N. migration agency says four survivors have recounted how some 126 fellow migrants drowned off Libya last week when their dinghy foundered.
The Vatican says Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in 2018.
Italian and Brazilian authorities say a fugitive 'ndrangheta crime clan boss, accused of international drug trafficking, has been detained at a Brazil airport.
Ivanka Trump met Wednesday met with a group of African women who were trafficked into Italian prostitution rings, a private encounter said to have moved her to tears.