A woman gained a Vatican leadership position and the president’s campaign flew a banner over Iowa on debate day, all while impeachment proceeded in Washington this week.

House managers walked articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate Wednesday. A trial in the Senate convened Thursday.

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson deliver the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 15, 2020. Jose Luis Magana/ Pool via REUTERS

Here are three news items that happened outside of D.C. while impeachment played out:

1. Pope appoints first woman to senior role in Vatican’s most powerful office

The head of the Catholic Church appointed a woman to a high-level diplomatic position at the Vatican. Pope Francis elevated Italian lawyer Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, to undersecretary of multilateral affairs in the Secretariat of State office Wednesday.

“It’s the first time a woman has had a managerial position in the Secretariat of State,” she told Vatican News. “The Holy Father has made an unprecedented decision, certainly, which, beyond myself personally, represents an indication of an attention towards women.” (RELATED: Publisher Refuses To Remove Pope Benedict’s Name From Bombshell Book On Priest Celibacy)

2. Trump’s campaign did a flyover in Iowa

A Trump ad flew over a Democratic debate venue in Des Moines, Iowa, before presidential candidates kicked off remarks Tuesday.

“Trump fights for Iowa farmers,” the banner said.

3. Relief for Australia

Rain drenched parts of Australia amid deadly wildfires.

“Rain has fallen across most firegrounds over the last 24 hours which is great news! Our fingers are crossed that this continues over the coming days,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted Thursday.


Over 100 U.S. firefighters are assisting in Australia with the fires. Bushfires have killed at least 28 people since September 2019.

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