August 20, 2000 |
As many as 2 million candle-waving Roman Catholic pilgrims lighted up the hills outside Rome on Saturday in a spirited World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. A helicopter ferried in the 80-year-old pontiff as the sun set, cooling a day that had reached 100 degrees--baking the crowds blanketing a 15-acre university campus. The pope smiled broadly as young people supported each of his arms while he shuffled slowly to his popemobile, which drove him to center stage for the evening vigil.
March 23, 2004 |
Quincy Jones is hoping to draw about 1 million people and a global television audience with an all-star concert May 16 in Rome aimed at easing the suffering of children in violence-racked parts of the world. Among the participants confirmed for "We Are the Future," which echoes the title of the "We Are the World" all-star charity single Jones produced in 1985, are Norah Jones, Jay-Z, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, LL Cool J, Josh Groban and the casts of "Stomp" and Cirque du Soleil.
January 27, 2006 |
Rome's mayor unveiled plans for his ambitious new international film festival on Thursday, playing down what many see as an inevitable rivalry with the Venice competition. "We want the two to grow together," Walter Veltroni, a movie buff who hails from the biggest party in Italy's center-left opposition, told a packed news conference. "This is a different creature," he said, describing the Oct.
March 18, 1989 |
Police Friday found a bomb in a bathroom of Rome's main courthouse following an anonymous call to a newspaper. Police evacuated the building, where most of the capital's civil and criminal cases are heard and many investigating magistrates have offices.
April 13, 1992 |
NEW SITE: Arab-Israeli peace talks may move from Washington to Rome after this month's round of negotiations. . . . Secretary of State James A. Baker III has promised Israel that the sessions will move closer to the Middle East--but aides say a European capital is probably as close as the Arab countries will accept. Brussels and Geneva are also under consideration, but Italian officials have been told to begin scouting for potential sites in Rome.
January 12, 1990 |
The Eternal City, which according to legend was founded almost 3,000 years ago by a man who had been suckled by a wolf, has entered the 1990s in pursuit of a mysterious black panther. Eight times since Christmas, the panther has been sighted on the fringes of a city where big cats have not been seen much since the lions ate Christians in the Colosseum.