Art historian Barbara Jatta is the new director of the Vatican Museums - the first woman to hold the post. The museums' collections are among the world's most significant, and attract millions of visitors every year.
The only German museum outside of Germany remembers the famous poet, who spent some time here to take a break from his life in Weimar. His Italy visit has become symbolic for the German’s love of Italy.
Ahead of a visit with the pope, the president has warned of failing to value citizens' sentiments amid crises in the EU. He said reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants could serve as a model forward for Europe.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with Pope Francis for the first time since becoming head of state. Among the issues discussed were refugees and the electoral success of the far-right AfD.
The Vatican will shut off some 100 fountains over the next few days to help Rome get through a period of severe drought. Pope Francis has been the first to use his standing to tackle environmental issues.
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