VATICAN CITY - In the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis met with over 100 homeless people and refugees, around 20 of whom had recently arrived from Afghanistan. The group had been invited to watch a screening of the 2020 documentary film, 'Francesco', organised by the director, Evgeny Afineevsky, and the Laudato si Foundation. This was followed by the meeting with the pope himself.
ROME -- In a move evidently backed by the Islamic Conference Organization and China, the controversial International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert Houngbo has announced that he is running for the post of Director General of the International Labour Organization despite only recently being re-elected for a second term as chief poverty buster at the Rome-based UN agency.
BRUSSELS — Italy’s failure to compensate for discrimination against foreign university lecturers “constititutes a serious reason for concern” and the EU Commission “is currently preparing next steps\decisions,” the EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told MEPs.
ROME -- In a move that has surprised the diplomatic community in Rome and UN staff, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert Houngbo has announced to staff that he is running for the post of Director General of the International Labour Organization; IFAD sources say. The announcement came a mere six months after the Togoloese former prime minister was re-elected to head Rome-based IFAD, a UN development bank for small farmers, for a second term of four years.
NAPLES - The tobacconist, Gaetano Scutellaro, who allegedly stole a scratchcard worth 500,000 euros from an elderly female customer has been stopped at Fiumicino airport by border police, police said. Scutellaro, 57, was in possession of a ticket to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where he evidently intended to escape.
FLORENCE- The 27th edition of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO botteghe artigiane e loro committenze - promoted by the Associazione Giardino Corsini and scheduled from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September 2021 – is back with an original and hands-on edition which will also involve the public in moments of life experienced in the Garden of the Palace, moving from historical evocation to a contemporary reality linked to manual activities.
PROCIDA -- ITALICS, the first consortium in Italy to unite more than 60 of the country’s most influential galleries of contemporary, modern and pre-modern art, has presented its first in-person project -- PANORAMA | Procida, an island-wide exhibition on Procida (off the coast of Naples, Italy) from Thursday, Sept 2 to Sunday, Sept.5 2021, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator and Associate Director of Programmes, Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
ROME - President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has signed a decree to reduce the prison sentences for mafia-affiliated film director Ambrogio Crespi and killer Francesca Picilli.
ROME - Bruno Botta, Vice Chancellor for International Affairs at La Sapienza University, is urgently engaged with the foreign ministries, asking to persuade the Taliban to allow around 180 students who are stuck in Kabul to return to their studies in Rome.