ROME- The office dealing with the prying and spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently goes under the coy euphemism on Special Collection Service -- A long time ago, a colleague on the University of Maryland’s programme for the US military told me of another spooks’ euphemism used back then (and now for all I know).
ROME-Pope Francis's embryonic papacy has been fresh air for many Catholics-The enthusiastic extrovert, impatient of formality, eager to preach and practice the essential message of God’s untiring forgiveness and predilection for the poor could not be more at odds with the gloomy rigour of Pope Benedict’s inward-looking reign.
Many hope he will succeed in flinging open the windows and sending a vivifying wind through the stale air of the Curia, blowing away the spiritual cobwebs and the poison-pen papers of the Vatileaks saga.
ROME --The rise of an influential Asian clan at the UN food agencies has snagged with the suspension of a top IFAD official over a sexual harassment complaint, UN sources say.
ROME–FAO’s CIO chief Florentin Albu, bowing to pressure, has agreed to re-deploy four axed staffers to new posts, following Italian Insider’s disclosing his plans to dump them in violation of labour accords at the UN agency, FAO sources say.
The existence of the new jobs was “kept under wraps in extreme secrecy” at the hunger-fighting agency, a senior FAO source told the Insider, disclosing that “four or five new positions will be available at the P-2, P-3 level.”