Gina Doggett
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/ 14 April 2008

Berlusconi set for comeback as Italian PM

Self-made billionaire Silvio Berslusconi looked set to secure a third term as Italian prime minister on Monday, with exit polls predicting a narrow win for his conservative coalition in general elections. The exit polls, which came moments after voting ended, predicted the 71-year-old media magnate’s centre-right coalition would win.

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/ 27 March 2007

Pope John Paul II on fast track to sainthood

The late pope John Paul II will move a step closer to sainthood next week when the Vatican receives proof of his miraculous intercession to cure a French nun of Parkinson’s disease, diocesan officials said on Tuesday. The ”miracle” will qualify the charismatic Polish pope for beatification, the main stepping stone to becoming a saint.

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/ 30 November 2006

Pope prays with Orthodox leader in Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI met with the head of the Greek Orthodox Church on Wednesday to pursue a key goal of his papacy: healing a rift between the two feuding branches of Christianity that dates back nearly a millennium. Benedict XVI and Bartholomew I prayed together at the patriarchal church of St George before holding private talks.

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/ 28 November 2006

Pope follows conciliatory path

Pope Benedict XVI began a delicate mission to Turkey on Tuesday, trading conciliatory gestures with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as both sought to calm the storm unleashed when the pontiff appeared to link Islam to violence. The pope, in a striking reversal of opinion, said he backed Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.