Father Gabriele Amorth, the Catholic Church's top exorcist who claimed to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell, has died in a Rome hospital at the age of 91.
Pauline Father Amorth, who was appointed the exorcist for the diocese of Rome in 1985, has died after suffering from a pulmonary illness, according to National Catholic Register, which reported that he was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago.
Amorth, who headed the International Association of Exorcists, said in 2013 he would ask Pope Francis to allow all priests the right to do exorcisms without the church's approval. He explained that he was inspired to make the request after watching the pope perform what he insisted was an exorcism on a man "possessed by four demons" in St. Peter's Square. more >>
Masturbating in public, if it's out of the sight of minors, is not an illegal act, the Supreme Court of Italy has ruled in a case concerning a 69-year-old man who was caught masturbating on a bench in front of a group of college students.
A lower court had convicted the man, identified only as Pietro L, for performing the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus in southern Italy, sentencing him to three months in prison and ordering him to pay a fine of $3,600, according to documents filed with Supreme Court, CNN reports.
The highest court, La Corte di Cassazione, said in its ruling last week, that public masturbation out of the presence of minors is no longer a criminal act as the law had been amended last year. more >>
UPDATE: 1:20 AM ET, AUG 25: The number of people killed in the earthquake that devastated parts of central Italy on Wednesday rose to 247 on Thursday morning, regional and national officials said.
UPDATE: 9:11 PM ET, AUG. 24: Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people. more >>
Construction workers happened upon a surprising discovery in Rome, Italy, recently when they found a 2,000-year-old military barracks while digging the city's new subway line.
Francesco Prosperetti, the head of archaeology in the European city, told "CBS This Morning" that ornately-decorated military barracks from Emperor Hadrian's time were discovered as city officials dug the new C subway line at the Amba Aradam station.
Prosperetti described the 39 military barracks as being ornately decorated with mosaics and frescoes. The remains of 13 humans, as well as bronze coins and jewelry, were also found. more >>
As the medicine realm continues to find the cure for various diseases that could put millions of lives at stake, 9 people are suffering from a rare disease called X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder with systematic manifestations that makes them highly sensitive to sunlight.
Commonly called XLPDR, the disorder keeps patients from staying under the sun for a long time and is associated with various infections as well as the risk of overheating that could be risky to one's life.
Rome-based photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga had been studying the disease for some years and along the way, he came across the story of Alex Gentile, an 8-year-old boy living in Valbrona, Italy, who is one of the nine people across the globe diagnosed with XLPDR. more >>
A staple of the on-the-go American diet, vending machines have long been a source of candy bars, sodas, snacks, and the occasional sandwich.
But how about a vending machine that gives out freshly-made pizza in under three minutes? You think it impossible? Think again!
W. Andrew Powell uploaded a video to YouTube that came from a 2012 vacation to Italy with his wife wherein the couple found such an amazing machine. more >>