Culture / Society

Rome repudiates its VIP parties

Immortalized by Fellini’s famous movie, the Dolce Vita of Rome was portrayed as a sad, decadent affair by Paolo Sorrentino’s “La grande bellezza”. Indeed, Sorrentino’s movie accurately captures the mood now prevailing in Italy: everyone despises the celebrated VIP parties held in Rome. Fausto Bertinotti, the last relevant Italian Communist leader, public apologized for attending … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Society

Legal uncertainty on gay families status drags on in Italy

The Government-sponsored Bill on the civil partnerships between homosexual people will not be debated by the Italian Parliament before 2016, since the Chambers are now entering their budget session. Meanwhile the practical regulation of the new family models is left to the Courts which, unsurprisingly, are giving mixed signals. The Council of State, the highest … Continue reading


Immigration triggers citizenship rules relaxation in Italy

The Italian Chamber of Deputies approved a reform of citizenship which should make easier the acquisition of the Italian citizenship by the sons of regular immigrants. If the law is approved by the Senate, the citizenship will be acquired by “jus soli” or “jus culturae”. According to the “jus soli” rule, the Italian citizenship will … Continue reading

Culture / Health / Society

“Alarming” decrease in vaccinations in Italy

The Italian Higher Health Institute and the Italian Pediatrics Association warned that a growing number of people are not vaccinating themselves or their sons, even snubbing compulsory vaccinations. Dr Alberto Villani, the Director of the Pediatric Ward of Rome’s Hospital “Bambin Gesù”, told the newspaper La Repubblica that the decrease in vaccinations has already been causing … Continue reading

Religion / Society

The reaction of the Italian Church to the Charamsa case

The reaction of the Holy See to the shocking coming out by the Rev. Krzysztof Charamsa is already known: he will be stripped of his assignments in the Vatican and its Universities. The Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera interviewed Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Vicar of Rome, a conservative and one of the most influential prelates … Continue reading