Economy / Foreign relations

Church, State… and the Milan Expo

Who is more important in Italy? The Prime Minister or the Pope? Because the former likes Expo, the latter does not.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi enthusiastically announced that 10 million tickets have already been sold, a record amount.

Instead the Pope, according to the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, was irritated by the high sum invested by his Curia into the Holy See pavilion.

Pope Francis is well known for his sober attitude: he famously refused to live in the huge Papal Apartments. However, he works there and he did nothing to stop the controversial Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone from taking possession of a mammoth penthouse in the Vatican.

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