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VATICAN CITY – Disgraced American former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s likely fate of being laicised appears to have been sealed, with the final decision now resting in the hands of Pope Francis, Il Messaggero reports.

 88-year-old McCarrick faces multiple allegations of child abuse and is awaiting his verdict in a monastery in Kansas where he previously took refuge last year after being expelled by the college of cardinals.

18 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari
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ROME - Women in Finance returns once again for its second edition, with the awards ceremony set to take place on March 7 at the Borsa Italiana headquarters in Milan, Corriere della Sera reports.

 Aside from the UK, Italy remains the only country in which this award is promoted, a sign of particular attention towards Italy and Italian women and of the great activism of the British Ambassador to Rome Jill Morris who sought the initiative.

18 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari
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ROME – Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi has stressed an “Obligation to shelter the homeless,” given the nine deaths caused by the Eternal City’s cold winter nights over the last few weeks, Il Messaggero reports. The mayor is ready to put in place a system that would oblige the homeless to accept municipal assistance, especially when overnight temperatures drop to the point of being life-threatening.

18 Jan 2019
Patrick Middleton
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ROME – The government’s two flagship economic measures, the Citizenship Income and Quota 100 pension reforms, have been approved in a cabinet meeting late on Thursday evening.

 The Income measure, aimed at providing a ‘basic wage’ for Italian citizens, will be rolled out from April and will involve 1.3 million families, according to Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, the flagbearer for the reform.

 “Anti-couch” measures have reportedly been included in the bill to ensure it cannot be abused, while funds available would range between 780 and 1032 euros per person.

18 Jan 2019
ROBERTO SAVIO
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ROME  – After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament on January 15, it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe.

 It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009.

18 Jan 2019