PESARO – Police raided a restaurant Monday evening, shutting it down – while being live-streamed on social media – as 90 guests dined in defiance of a new Italian government decree banning eateries and bars from opening beyond 6 p.m., police sources said on Tuesday.
Under the new anti-Covid measure, which came into force Monday, restaurants and bars must close at 6 p.m.
At 8.30 p.m., when police tried to break into La Macelleria restaurant, in the Marches seaside town of Pesaro, the owner tried to block entry.
ROME – As Italy introduces its most severe restrictions since May to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the move to close theatres and cinemas has angered intellectuals, entertainment industry sources said on Monday.
Premier Giuseppe Conte announced the new measures including the closure of restaurants and bars at 6 p.m., as the country reported a record 21,273 cases Sunday, with 128 deaths in 24 hours.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including six Italians and the first Black American to hold the rank.
Making the announcement at the end of Sunday’s Angelus, the pope will award the ‘red hats’ at the next consistory at the Vatican on Nov. 28.
Archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, a Chicago native, is to become the first African American cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church.
ROME – The son of a former Iranian ambassador to Italy, killed in a murder-suicide Tuesday, was under investigation for a 300 million euro shipment of arms destined for Tehran, police sources said on Friday.
Said Ansary Firouz, 68, was allegedly murdered by a fellow national and former employee at his office in Formello in Rome’s northern outskirts. Forty-seven-year-old gunman Foloty Kave, who had previously threatened Firouz with extortion, shot his former employer three times before turning the weapon on himself.
ROME – Now more than ever there is a need for new horizons and stories to make people enthusiastic and therefore the Nordic Film Fest, which since 2012 has become the appointment of the Roman spring, this year returns at the end of October to bring jewels of the new Nordic cinema to all Italy.
ROME – The Italian government is poised to take further action amid another spike in COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Conte said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the nation recorded 15,199 new infections compared with Tuesday’s figure of 10,874. There has also been a jump in deaths – 127 against 89, the highest since May.
“Italy is today in a very different situation compared to that of March, even if this situation is also proving to be very critical," Conte said. "We will be ready to intervene again if necessary.”
ROME - While conservatives are outraged, radical Church groups have welcomed Pope Francis’ comments endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples but have urged the pontiff to back his words with actions.
The pope threw his support behind the rights of homosexual couples in a documentary released Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.
"Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family,” the pope said in the feature-length film, Francesco, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.
NAPLES – Italy’s southern Campania region is following Lombardy’s lead, calling for a curfew, as a second wave of coronavirus infections sweeps the country, political sources said on Wednesday.
After a decline at the weekend, infections in Italy have once again surged with 10,874 recorded in one day. The country registered 89 new deaths, up from 73 on Monday.