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 / Foreign relations / Religion

Pope Francis’ reform of the marriage nullity trials: The possible impact in Italy

Pursuant to the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See, a canonical marriage has also civil effects, and so has a canonical judgment declaring such marriage null. To obtain a judgement of this kind in the ecclesiastical forum is relatively easy, since you only need to prove that, at the moment of the marriage, you … Continue reading

Religion

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

Foreign relations

The significance of Raul Castro’s visit to Rome and the Vatican

Yesterday the Cuban President Raul Castro visited Rome and the Vatican where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis, respectively. The meeting with the Pope was very successful, with Mr Castro commenting that the new Head of the Catholic Church could even reconvert a Communist leader like himself to religion. The Holy See is credited with … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Religion

Pope Francis: Revolution or maquillage?

Just after the rejection of a gay Ambassador designated by France by his Roman Curia, Pope Francis attacked the “gender ideology” labeling it a symptom of “frustration”. This should not be entirely a surprise: the Catholic doctrine on homosexual acts is clear and, being based on dogmatic elaborations, it is unlikely to change. Nor anybody … Continue reading

Foreign relations / History of Italy / Religion

Pope Francis’ condemnation of Armenian genocide embarrasses Italian Government

During a Solemn Mass dedicated to the Armenian “martyrdom”, Pope Francis called the anti-Armenian campaign by the Turkish Authorities at the end of World War II a “genocide” comparable to the Nazi one and to Stalin’s purges in the Soviet Union. The reaction from Ankara was predictably angry, with the Turkish Ambassador to the Holy … Continue reading