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  • It’s a girl! Rome synagogue security police help deliver a baby on Yom Kippur eve

    (JTA) – Two anti-terrorism military police helped a woman give birth to a baby girl on the street outside a Rome synagogue on Yom Kippur eve. Rome news reports said the birth occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the so-called Synagogue of Youth, a small synagogue located within the complex of the Ospedale Israelitico Jewish…

  • Italy’s national soccer team fined about $31,000 for anti-Semitic fan behavior

    (JTA) – The international soccer governing body FIFA slapped a more than $30,000 fine on Italy’s national soccer team for the anti-Semitic behavior of some of its fans at a match in Haifa. FIFA fined the Italian team 30,000 Swiss francs, or about $31,000, for the “improper and discriminatory” behavior of team Italy fans who gave the…

  • Writer Elena Ferrante is daughter of Holocaust survivor, says journalist

    (JTA) – The mysterious best-selling Italian author who writes under the pen name Elena Ferrante has been identified as the daughter of a German-born Holocaust survivor who lost dozens of family members in the Shoah. Italian investigative journalist Claudio Gatti in an article published simultaneously on Sunday in the New York Review of Books, the…

  • Pope, in meeting with Jewish leaders, calls for integration of migrants

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis told a World Jewish Congress delegation that migrants have enriched Europe and need to be integrated into society. “Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants,” the pope told the Jewish leaders at an audience Monday evening at the Vatican that was described as taking place in an…

  • Pope joins rabbis, scholars at interreligious confab in Italy

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis participated in the concluding events of a three-day interreligious conference in Italy that drew more than 450 Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other religious leaders from around the world. The pope flew by helicopter to Assisi, in central Italy, on Tuesday for the final day of “Thirst for Peace: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue,”…

  • Italian Jews mourn passing of country’s ex-President Azeglio Ciampi

    ROME (JTA) – Italy’s Jews mourned the death of former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who had a close relationship to the Italian Jewish community. Ciampi, who served as president from 1999 to 2006, died Friday at 95. In a statement, the president of the umbrella Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Noemi Di Segni, expressed “the…

  • Italian soccer commentator suspended from TV role over Mussolini tattoo

    ROME (JTA) – A former Italian soccer player known for his pro-fascist views has been suspended as a TV commentator after displaying a tattoo on the air referring to Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The satellite channel Sky Sports Italia suspended Paolo Di Canio after he appeared on camera while reporting on a match Sunday wearing…

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Pope Francis talk technology and charitable giving in Vatican audience

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis talked technology and charitable giving with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, during a private audience at the Vatican. “It was a meeting we’ll never forget,” Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, posted on his Facebook page following the audience Monday. “You can feel his warmth and kindness,…

  • Italy’s national Jewish museum joins cultural sites donating a day of proceeds to earthquake relief

    ROME (JTA) – The National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah is among dozens of state museums and cultural sites that will donate all proceeds from Sunday’s visitors to aid earthquake victims and rescue efforts in central Italy. The museum, which is under development, does not yet have a permanent exhibition, but announced it would donate…

  • Italy’s Jewish community pledges aid to areas hit by earthquake

    ROME (JTA) – Italy’s umbrella Jewish organization and the Rome Jewish community have set up a blood donation center to aid victims of the deadly earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning. Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, issued a statement saying Italy’s Jews expressed full…