On this day…in 278

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 42BC

Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi. Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 30 B.C.

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome. Cleopatra, born in 69 B.C., was made Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, upon the death of her father, Ptolemy XII, in 51 B.C. Her brother was … [Read the full story]

Francis is the last pope – predicts Nostradamus

Nostradamus has already predicted the fate of the final pope with eerie detail. And the first sign will soon be in our skies. The 266th pope now sits on the Throne of St Peter. According to the pen of several prophets, he will be the last. One prophet, a Saint of the Catholic Church, counted … [Read the full story]

Vatican buys apartments above gay sauna

Vatican officials are sweating over claims it has splashed out £21million on a Rome apartment block above ‘Europe’s largest gay sauna’. The startling reports will be hugely embarrassing for the Catholic Church as its cardinals begin voting today for a new Pope to replace Benedict XVI following his surprise resignation. Cardinal Ivan Dias is likely … [Read the full story]

A touch of Australian history

This is an Australian story, but it starts in Spain. Two young, well educated men lived in Spain six hundred years ago. Francis and Ignatius were very pious and holy men. Ignatius went on to be a saint and started the most famous order of Christians. But our story is about Francis. He always wanted … [Read the full story]

Liam Neeson splits with girlfriend

Liam Neeson is back on the singles market after ending his two-year relationship with PR executive Freya St Johnston. The 60-year-old Irish actor and mum-of-two Freya, 38, were seen hand-in-hand in Rome two weeks ago but sources say the relationship has fizzled out. ‘Liam is heading back to America at the start of next month … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU

How did a Slipper problem become a story of misogyny and sexual innuendo? Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott had a slanging match full of accusations, but somehow missed out on the main reason for the argument! Slipper resigning was lost in the bitter tirade between pollies in a slanging match. Do they really think this … [Read the full story]

The Chinese have a history of testing positive

Questions over the performance of Ye Shiwen come after a string of Chinese swimmers tested positive for doping in recent years. China won 12 of the 16 women’s titles at the 1994 world championships in Rome but these achievements were sullied less than a month later when seven Chinese swimmers tested positive for banned drugs … [Read the full story]

Balotelli may kill racial abusers at Euro’s

Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has threatened to kill anyone who racially abuses him during next month’s Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Balotelli said he had bananas thrown at him in a Rome bar before the European Under-21 Championships in June 2009 and if it happened again, “I will go to jail, … [Read the full story]

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