Crime and Court news / Politics

Italian Region clamps down on mosques

Lombardy, the richest and most powerful Region of Italy, after passing a controversial law severely limiting the opening of mosques is now harshly enforcing it after the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia. The Governor Roberto Maroni, who belongs to the rightist Northern League party, stated that even the North African country is shutting down some … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

The international crises and the Italian budget

With terrorist attacks in France and Tunisia, adding to the difficult situation in Libya and in the Sicily Channel, Italy is feeling increasingly under siege. Politically, the situation favored the rightist parties, in particular Matteo Salvini’s Northern League, but there are more practical and immediate consequences: the State budget. The Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti … Continue reading

Foreign relations / History of Italy

France “tempering with Monte Bianco border”

In the days of the controversy with France over the latter’s decision to seal the Ventimiglia border in order to avoid any passage of immigrants, Italy rediscovered an old controversy related to the demarcation of the Monte Bianco border. The issue dates back to the XIX century. It is a quite surreal history which includes … Continue reading


Church Synod to reconsider the position of divorced Catholics

The Holy See made public the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) approved by the Bishops’ Synod in view of the prosecution of its works. The most significant paragraphs of the controversial document are related to the condition of divorced Catholics, who are currently unable to receive the Sacraments. The document starts from a more accurate analysis of … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Society

Italian Parliament debates right of unrecognized children to know their mother

In Italy a woman has the right to give birth anonymously without recognizing her child. It is the modern (and safer) version of the old “wheels” which were installed outside monasteries to collect anonymously unwanted children. The secret over the mother’s identity is guaranteed for one hundred years, but more and more people are challenging this … Continue reading

Crime and Court news

“Horror monastery” under investigation in Italy

The Holy See and the Italian Authorities are thoughtfully scrutinizing the activities of a Franciscan monastery in Avellino whose nuns were allegedly starved and forced to swear their loyalty to the founder, Father Stefano Maria Manelli, in rituals involving the use of their own blood. The State and canonical investigations started after the monastery was … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Religion / Society

The Concordat between Italy and Holy See and the Gay Prides in Rome

Article 2, paragraph 4 of the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See reads: “The Italian Republic recognizes the particular significance that Rome, as the episcopal seat of the Holy Pontiff, wields for Catholicity”. In the past, this paragraph was cited against the organization of Gay Prides in the Italian capital, leading to a refusal by … Continue reading