ROME - Italian President Sergio Mattarella has signed three decrees granting pardon to three elderly men who murdered family members in despair. Franco Antonio Dri, Giancarlo Vergelli and Vitangelo Bini, murdered their drug addict son and wives suffering from Alzheimer's respectively.
COSENZA - Francesco Strangio, a fugitive of the Calabrian organised crime group 'Ndrangheta, was arrested Thursday night by the police force of Reggio Calabria and Cosenza. He was hiding in a flat on the top floor of a condominium in Rose, a small town in the Cosentino area.
Strangio now faces a sentence of 14 years in prison for international drug trafficking.
PARIS – Italian bishop Luigi Ventura, papal nuncio to France, is under investigation for sexual assault accusations. The city prosecutor’s office is reviewing a report from a young man who claimed that Ventura “molested a municipal official,” Il Fatto Quotidiano reported, quoting from French newspaper Le Monde.
The victim is allegedly a young official of the capital’s City Hall. The report claims that during an official ceremony at the Hotel de Ville on Jan. 17, the 74-year-old nuncio repeatedly violated the official.
VATICAN CITY – British Cardinal John Henry Newman, a theologian, scholar and one of the highest profile figures in British Catholicism, is to be made a saint after Pope Francis approved a miracle ascribed to him.
The miracle involved the healing of a pregnant American woman from a life-threatening hemorrhage that also risked the life of her baby in May 2013. The Church claims that the recovery had no scientific explanation and occurred immediately after Newman’s intercession.
ROME - Equilibrio Festival 2019, entitled Northern Lights in Rome, Aurora Borealis, (Revontuli in Finnish) dedicated to north-European countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) is the crowning event of a three-year project celebrating European contemporary dance and ballet.
ROME - “The trade war, political uncertainty in Europe and tighter financial conditions are hurting economic development, and we have downgraded expectations for growth in the world economy this year and next,” says Nordea’s Group Chief Economist, Helge J. Pedersen. “In the Nordics, the focus is on higher policy rates and their likely impact on each country. The role of household debt and its effect on the housing market will not be trivial, and interest rate sensitivities pose downside risks to the Nordic economies, be it at varying degrees.”
ROME - Imperial Rome has been brought back to life thanks to Rome Reborn™, an innovative international project that makes it possible to have the moving experience of touring the ancient city at the peak of its urban development in AD 320.
Rome Reborn™ represents the biggest digital reconstruction ever created of an ancient site. Users can see more than 7,000 buildings and monuments spread over 14 square kilometres of space inside the late-antique Aurelian Walls. The detailed reconstruction of the imperial capital can be explored both at ground level as well as from the air.
ROME - Once, walking along the Gloucester Road, my habitually elegantly-dressed father was accosted by a bloke, who had stumbled into the cold out of The Zetland Arms, with the words, “Got a light, mate?” Pausing only to wink conspiratorially at me, my father fished his solid-gold Dunhill lighter out of his pocket, cupped it between his hands against the winter wind and, as the man approached, drew the lighter, it’s sputtering flame, and the man’s face toward him; until they were virtually nose to nose. “Yes,” said my father, in his still-thick Polish accent, “I do have a light.
VARESE – The founder of Matteo Salvini’s Lega party, Umberto Bossi, has been admitted to hospital in a serious, though reportedly not life-threatening, condition, his family has reported.
Bossi fell ill late on Thursday afternoon and was taken by helicopter to hospital after emergency services had intubated him at his home. He reportedly collapsed to the ground and loss consciousness around 16.30.
Early reports from the hospital suggest that Bossi may have suffered an epileptic seizure, rather than another stroke, which in 2004 left him hospitalised for several months.