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Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass

  • December 25th, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

pope.jpgPope Benedict XVI delivered his traditional Christmas Midnight Mass to a huge congregation at the St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

As midnight neared, Pope Benedict, in white and gold-threaded vestments, walked up the main aisle of the flood-lit St Peter’s Basilica, smiling and stopping several times to shake outstretched hands and bless children. … Read More »

The Priest Who Stole Christmas

  • December 25th, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

SantasAn Italian Catholic priest is facing severe criticism from parents, as a prize meanie, for telling their children that Father Christmas does not really exist.

Father Dino Bottino, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Novara, Northern Italy, let out the secret at a children’s mass earlier this month. … Read More »

Rome Floods

  • December 15th, 2008
  • Posted by Daniel Challis

The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno declared a state of emergency last Thursday following major flooding and savage storms in the city and surrounding areas.

rivertiber.jpg Two people have died so far as a result of the floods, with a 27-year-old Irish tourist being presumed dead after the man reportedly fell off a bridge and was swept away downstream in the early hours of Saturday morning…

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Tidal Surges: The Menace Of Venice

  • December 5th, 2008
  • Posted by Daniel Challis

Torrential rain, high winds and a rising Adriatic Sea left the famous Italian city of Venice under a more than usual amount of water this week.


The floodwaters were reportedly at their highest in over 22 years…
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Rugby Spring Tour – The Wallabies’ Barbaric Finale

  • December 4th, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

The Wallabies ended their 2008 European Spring Tour with an 18-11 victory over an impressive Barbarians line-up at Wembley Stadium in London.

The match marked the 100 year anniversary of Australia’s first Rugby Union Olympic gold medal at the 1908 London Games and was intended to be a friendly match.

However, the game soon developed into a brutal affair punctuated by fights and serious injuries. … Read More »

Siestas – Should Australians ‘Do As The Romans Do’?

  • December 3rd, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

It’s 1pm. The sun has passed the point of no return, you’ve just finished an enormous lunch and you’re indulging in a little nap on your desk.

Sound good, albeit unlikely?

While European-style, afternoon siestas may not fit perfectly into our busy lifestyles, medical research has outlined the innumerable health benefits associated with afternoon naps. … Read More »