ROME — Luci sull’Est (Light on the East), an Italian association of Catholic inspiration, has announced the completion on the site of a huge former Soviet Gulag of the cathedral of Karaganda in the heart of north-eastern Kazakhistan. The association, which mainly operates in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, stresses the importance of the climaxing of the new cathedral that is designed to be a symbol of religious freedom, not only for Christianity but for religion as a whole in the region.
Rome –The painters Botticelli and Raphael set the measure of female beauty during the Italian Renaissance and influenced western art for centuries to come. The perception of women in modern Italy has been to a large degree the work of one man — Silvio Berlusconi — and his handiwork is becoming a problem.
ROME– Just after the closure of the successful Caravaggio exhibition held at the Scuderie del Quirinale that celebrated the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death, Rome will play host to another of Michelangelo Merisi’s exhibitions.
ROME– Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak - a man who once served as the country’s air force commander and who just a few weeks ago was publicly announcing he was ‘’a military man who had served this country during war and peace” and that he would ‘’die on the soil of Egypt” - has been ousted by, or some would say has silently handed the reins to, the army.
ROME — Nearly 100 guests attended the Association of British Expats in Italy’s Annual Event and Luncheon on Saturday. Held in the historic Palazzo Brancaccio, the lunch was an occasion for British people to meet and exchange experiences of living in Italy.
Gareth Horsfall, the president, introduced the association and its aims as a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, cultural organisation. The association was launched last year to promote British and Italian culture, create friendship and strengthen relationships amongst the British community.
MILAN — A Milan judge on Tuesday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stand trial April 6 on charges of using an under age prostitute and abuse of office. The media mogul abruptly cancelled a news conference in Sicily and returned to Rome after the decision was announced.
ROME– Hundreds of thousands of women, and some men, took to the streets of the capital and other cities last week-end demanding the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Spurred by his recent sex scandals and a long record of itemizing women, feminist groups organised the protests to call attention to the negative portrayal of women in the media in addition to the objectification of women on behalf of Berlusconi.
MATERA — Few people in this heart of southern Italy speak English, slow time is the rule, from 3 to 5 pm over late lunch, life seems to stop. Public transport is lacking. Long distances from airports are routine. But against these defects one must balance easy access to amazing natural scenery, blue sea and green hills, sharp mountains and thick woods. Medieval villages, precious ruins, sprawling vineyards, olive groves and delicious cuisine are included.
ROME– Prisons have been opened, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities damaged, the internet shut down, curfews imposed, and government buildings and police stations burned, with widely varying estimates of casualties. Food rations are scarce in Egypt but protestors are showing no sign of backing down.