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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Roman Forum for everyone: Traveling without barriers for a more comfortable visit

2016-01-17

If these stones could speak they'd have nearly two thousand years worth of stories. The Roman Forum is one of the greatest jewels of the Eternal City but it has lacked something: being accessible to everyone. From now on, people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems can enjoy this unique world monument thanks to a recent redesign.

FRANCESCO PROSPERETTI
Archaeologist, Roman Forum and Colosseum
"It is primarily designed to give a comprehensive view of the Roman Forum from the point of view of tourist visits. It is a new modality facilitating access to archaeology without barriers.”
 
The project began a year ago and the result is tours that allow easier access to key parts of the Forum: from the Arch of Titus to the Curia.

FRANCESCO PROSPERETTI
Archaeologist, Roman Forum and Colosseum
"There are plans to tour the most important places of the Forum. At this time, we are within what was the Basilica Emilia, but the tour continues to the Curia, the Roman Forum itself and many places in this important area. The site allows one to completely safely navigate hilly or uneven areas.”
 
These supports are specified in two lifts and a new sign indicating what the key points of the course are and how difficult it is, in terms of hilliness. And now the Forum is further open to the world.
 
SIMONA PETACCIA
President, NGO Diritti Diretti
"It's a big step in welcoming tourists because it is convenient for all travelers.”
 
The Roman Forum is a labyrinth that speaks of the rich life that developed in this area, as the center of political and even religious activity of the Empire. It's a must-see for tourists coming to Rome.

"I studied art and history at university and in Rome and the Forum is full of historical value. I chose Rome for how full the city is of art.”
 
"I'm from Istanbul and there are some places that are very similar to the Forums are of Byzantine type. This is one of the most famous places in Italy, therefore, I chose to come here.”

Over several years, during the Republic and the Roman Empire, it was necessary to expand the Forum as Rome grew more powerful. This entire important archaeological site came to light in 1924 when Mussolini decided to build the present Via dei Fori Imperiali. Until then, they remained hidden by a close network of medieval and Renaissance houses of which some ruins still remain.
 
 
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