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VACTICAN CITY – The ‘invisible enemy’ continues to deal a blow to religious ceremonies, this time forcing the cancellation of a traditional public event in Rome’s historic centre, Vatican sources said.

 Pope Francis will not make the Dec. 8 pilgrimage for the blessing of the Madonna statue at the Eternal City’s Spanish Steps on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said on Monday.

1 Dec 2020
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 ROME – Entire business sectors risk ‘pulverisation’ without urgent Covid relief funds, even small businesses that have remained open and have seen revenues plunge are facing ruin, warns Italy’s small business president.

 National President of PMI, Italy’s national confederation of small and medium-sized businesses, Tommaso Cerciello, has described the government’s lack of business support funds as “widespread negligence.”

1 Dec 2020
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 ROME – The head of Rome’s Municipal police (Vigili Urbani) has resigned in the face of an investigative report by RAI's 'Report' programme into corruption, links to organised crime in the force, and a revenge porn scandal involving two police officers in a patrol car, police sources said on Tuesday.

1 Dec 2020
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 MILAN – Silvio Berlusconi, who recovered from coronavirus in September, is unable to appear at the ‘Ruby Ter’ hearing in Milan, due “worsening” health, legal sources said on Monday.

 Berlusconi’s lawyer Federico Cecconi, produced medical documents instructing the former Italian Prime Minister to get “absolute rest at home, not to move and not to carry out activities.”

 In an Oct. 19 hearing, Berlusconi's defense team had filed a request for postponement for legitimate impediment for health reasons, which had been accepted by the judges.

30 Nov 2020
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 PROCIDA – The sun-drenched island of Procida nestling in the bay of Naples has been shortlisted to be Italian capital of culture in 2022 together with nine towns and cities ranging from Ancona in the Marche to Trapani in Sicily and Taranto in Apulia, the jury has announced.

29 Nov 2020