The city of Rome will be opening its 2,000-year-old Villa Randanini Jewish catacombs to the public for the first time between May 1 and June 5 as part of a cultural initiative to broaden the scope of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, launched by Pope Francis last December.

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No matter how you look at it, this is bad. If Iran demanded it, then it is clear Iran is intolerant and refuses to accept other cultures. If Italy covered up the "offending" artwork on its own initiative, then it shows it is attempting to appease the Iranians.