Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

The other scandal

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Pope’s popularity in Italy has dropped from 88 percent in 2013 to 71 percent in 2018. But you’d be mistaken to think that the decline has to do with Archbishop Viganò’s charge that Francis had covered-up for Cardinal McCarrick. The poll was taken before that story broke. According to the poll’s author, much of Read more

Italy’s deputy prime minister compared to Satan

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini has been compared to Satan by a Catholic weekly newspaper. The Famiglia Cristiana cover shouts: “Vade retro Salvini” (“Get back, Salvini”). Evidently, the headline is a tweaked version of the medieval Latin formula used during exorcism. Read more

Italy’s ‘euthanasia in disguise’ law

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Italy’s “euthanasia in disguise” bill has been passed into law 30 years after it was first mooted. The law allows citizens to create advance directives about their treatment. These directives express their final wishes for medical treatment in case they lose the ability to communicate their choice. The Italian senate passed the bill into law Read more

Mafia connections with Italian church over

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Mafia connections between the Catholic church in southern Italy and organised crime are over. When a Sicilian mobster known as the “boss of bosses” died in prison last month, a spokesman for the Italian conference of bishops said it would be “unthinkable” to give him a public funeral. Read more

Guardian angel of refugees being investigated

Monday, September 4th, 2017

A priest called the guardian angel of refugees is under investigation for people trafficking. Mussie Zerai was nominated for a Nobel prize in 2015 for his compassion to refugees. For tens of thousands of desperate migrants, his cellphone number has meant the difference between life and death as their boats founder. He has been the Read more

Pope turns off Vatican fountains

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fountains are unusually quiet at present. That’s because Pope Francis has had them turned off  to show solidarity and conserve water during the drought affecting much of Italy. Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si denounces wasteful practices and highlights the importance of clean drinking water. The prolonged drought has hit two-thirds of farmland and has Read more

Pope’s annulment reforms run into Italian snag

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A working group involving the Vatican and Italian dioceses has been set up to interpret Pope Francis’s reform of the marriage annulment process. As part of the reform, Pope Francis repealed aspects of a motu proprio from Pope Pius XI that set up regional tribunals in Italy. In the wake of Francis’s reforms, the Roman Read more

Sect based on child Jesus apparitions guilty of schism

Friday, June 10th, 2016

An Italian sect that arose after alleged apparitions of the child Jesus has been found guilty of schism and has incurred an automatic excommunication. The Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo made the announcement on June 5 concerning the self-styled Universal Christian Church of the New Testament. This followed an examination by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Read more

Parish asks for lottery tickets to go in collection plate

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A cash-strapped parish in Italy has asked parishioners to put scratch and win lottery cards on the offertory plate rather than money. A flyer on a door of San Martino church in Cigola near Brescia announced the move. “We all know we need help,” read the flyer. “So with a smile and without making givers Read more

Italian Catholic girl now ‘Lady Jihad’ for ISIS

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

A “normal” Catholic Italian girl has been dubbed “Lady Jihad” because of her recruiting prowess for ISIS. Former call centre worker Maria Giulia Sergio, 28, converted her entire Italian family to Islam and bullied them into starting new lives in Syria with ISIS, it is alleged. Maria is now known as Fatima Az Zahra. Italian Read more