Philip Willan

ROME - The brother of a Vatican schoolgirl who vanished 30 years ago praised Pope Benedict for the courage of his resignation and urged him to use the last days of his papacy to speak out about the mysterious disappearance of his sister.

Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican messenger, disappeared from a Rome street in 1983 and the Vatican has been accused of secrecy and obfuscation over what happened.

27 Feb 2013
Gianfranco Nitti

SIENA--  From Passion to the Resurrection, a route amongst the masterpieces of the monumental complex of the Cathedral of Siena for the Year of Faith. Organized from 1 March 2013 by the Opera of the Metropolitana for Easter, the event's title might suggest to some an ironic definition of the troubles being undergone by the Monte dei Paschi, a bank that is part of the city as an inextricable element of its history, but in fact it is just Resurrexi.

26 Feb 2013
JAMES WALSTON

ROME - In Henry II’s time it was much easier to deal with the other institutional powers in the country. The sovereign was indeed sovereign and a nod from him was enough to send four faithful knights off to Canterbury to kill Thomas à Becket, the “meddlesome priest” who argued that even the king was subject to law. Henry solved the political conflict but had to deal with his conscience for the rest of his life.

Italian politicians cannot solve their institutional conflicts quite so summarily but they manage to avoid the conscience hangover.

20 Feb 2013
SYDNEY SMITH

ROME- The English Theatre of Rome presented a weekend of 'laughs, lust and love at Teatro l’Arciliuto' in Piazza Montevecchio late last year.

20 Feb 2013
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME - The 36th Governing Council, the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ended Thursday with a United Nations agency award for outstanding collaboration and a call to build stronger coalitions to scale up development for rural communities.

15 Feb 2013
JAMES WALSTON

ROME - In order not to “host events with political implications”, the director of Rome’s modern art gallery the Maxxi, has cancelled screening a controversial film.

15 Feb 2013
ALYX BARKER

GUERNSEY, THE CHANNEL ISLES – Guernsey is a 32 square mile (78km) island that surprises with its host of places of beauty and interest packed into such a small space.

14 Feb 2013
ALYX BARKER

LONDON - News of the Pope’s resignation has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Readers are flabbergasted, "can the pope do that?" asked one of my co-workers, "but, I thought they had to die..." said another.

London headlines read: "shock resignation breaks '600-year taboo'"(The Guardian); "A pope of surprises" (The Telegraph).

12 Feb 2013
steve jacobs

ROME - A low-level currency war has been simmering away since the autumn. The growing fear now is that it is about to go nuclear. The start of 2013 has proved to be buoyant. We saw the FTSE 100 rise to over 6300 and although some of this may be speculatively driven, there is no doubt that the more positive noises coming from the US have had an effect on confidence. Were this to happen, what would be the fallout for the UK and sterling? As with most currency wars, this one results from everyone trying to devalue at the same time, while of course denying that they are doing any such thing.

11 Feb 2013

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