Pope overturns tradition to allow women in Holy Thursday rite

Pope Francis overturned a centuries-old tradition on 21 January, which banned women from a foot-washing service during Lent, upsetting conservatives and delighting womens rights activists. Until now, only men or boys were formally allowed to take part in the service, in which a priest washes and kisses the feet of 12 people to commemorate Jesus gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. Jan 22, 2016

Greece: Tour operators climb Colosseum to protest against Holy Year selling ban

Six Roman tour operators climbed on Romes Colosseum on 7 December to protest against an order banning them from approaching tourists on the streets to sell them their packages. The decree, passed by Romes municipality last month, came just before the Holy Year, due to start on 8 December and to last almost one year, when millions of pilgrims and tourists are expected to flock to the Italian capital as well as to the Vatican. Dec 8, 2015