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Pope Francis and Don Mazzolari: Ecumenism and the Poor

Pope Francis at the tomb of Don Mazzolari, archpriest of Bozzolo, the priest whose books were withdrawn from the Holy Office. The same trip on which he also pays homage to Don Milani, the Prior of Barbiana. An attentive and sincere reflection that connects Pope Francis and the unheard prophet Don Mazzolari. The sensibility of two men coming from the suburbs, who, at different moments in history, knew how to open the windows and doors of the Church to the Spirit that constantly renews and transforms it.

Who Has the Right to Italian Citizenship?

The struggle over ius soli, or citizenship based upon place of birth, has turned the Senate into a battleground. It is also feeding into the larger clash over immigrants, the essential political battle underway in Italy today and tomorrow.

The Courage to Shout for Peace and Justice

Yet in times like these, when tensions run high, people must search the depths of their hearts for the power to hold high the flag of peace. Never before has it been so important to recall the words of the Lord: “Peace be with you.”

Feeling Italic ...

Much of what I think about Piero Bassetti’s notion of Italici and the term’s relationship to his equally innovative notion of the Glocal, appears in my introduction to his new book "Let’s Wake Up Italics! Manifesto for a Glocal Future," published by Bordighera Press. What follows is what I feel about this interesting idea.

THE ITALY I LOVE - The Unique Gift of Sociability

I know, I know—Italians are not perfect. But who is? Yet it is the full expression of their humanity that makes being with Italians so pleasurable.

Heritage, Politics and Women Empowerment

Washington, DC: Italian Leadership in America. Series / 3. Interviewing Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, co-chair of NIAF, and a most captivating Italian leader in the Nation’s capital.

Early Elections Loom - But So Do Gloomy Warnings

Three powerful forces are lobbying for national general elections to be held this autumn, 6 months before the slated end of the legislature: Matteo Renzi's PD, Beppe Grillo's M5S and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. But if so, they will leave serious unfinished business and may bring a possibly chaotic future.

Court Ruling Gives Italian Culture a Black Eye

Thanks to Culture Minister Dario Franceschini's museum reform, management of 32 top Italian museums was opened to international competition in 2015. But today an administrative tribunal is kicking out the non-Italians - and kicking off a huge ruckus.

Happy Birthday, Forum Italicum!

The renowned journal of Italian literature, language, and culture, founded by Michael Ricciardelli fifty years ago, will be presented at the Italian Parliament, Chamber of Deputies this spring.

Statistics illustrate How Italy Loves and Lives

What is romance worth? A new study of spending on love (clothes, food, beauty products and such) found that when they say, "I love you," Italians splash out just $112. Other current statistics show marriages are on the rise -- but so are divorces.

Communicating Italy in the US: A Labor of Love

A new magazine. Our design isn’t the only thing different about us. After four years of covering New York, we’ve decided to reach out to readers in other American cities: Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. And Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago are just around the bend... That means we won't just be talking about the New York area.

Despite Some Positive Signs, Italy Wrestles with Weighty Agenda

Despite its creativity and some positive signs for the economy, Italy's agenda is weighed down by a series of particularly complex problems that begin with a huge influx of migrants.

What's New at the Old Colosseum

From gladiators yielding plastic daggers to 3D adventures, the old Colosseum is up to new tricks, which include an exhibition showing its lively post-combat history.

Taking Pride in Italy's Outdoor Murales

Legend has it that Romulus founded Rome 2,770 years ago on April 21. Among the birthday celebrations was an outdoor concert on the Tiber River to honor artist William Kentridge, whose 1,804-feet long frieze decorates the embankment. Other handsome murals are now also appearing in Rome.

Lampedusa Mayor Giusy Nicolini, SOS Mediterranee Win Unesco Prize

The UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Prize for peace research went April 19 to Giusy Nicolini, mayor of the isle of Lampedusa, for her work in saving the lives of countless refugees and migrants.

Renzo Arbore: "The Mythical Totò Changed Our lives For the Better"

Extraordinary commemorations for Totò, the actor who died 50 years ago, include the opening of a museum in his honor. For Renzo Arbore, "Totò was my myth, an artist who changed our lives for the better."

As Ever, Crowds Flock Into Rome at Easter Time

As Holy Week begins, the city is sunny, buds are bursting from the trees, bringing pilgrims and tourists to jam the streets and to visit St. Peter's Basilica, plus Rome's museums, monuments and two major new exhibitions.

Times Change, But Italy Still Kicks Up a Culinary Storm

The spring agenda brings food events all over Italy, from pizza workshops to lectures, food blogging prizes and a novelty, archaeo-gastronomy. Traditional cuisine thrives, along with new culinary trends.

At Risk: Lake Bracciano As Water Level Plummets

The water level of Lake Bracciano, 20 miles north of Rome, has dropped by almost 6 feet in the past 2 years, bringing the risk that one of Italy's most beautiful and least polluted lakes is at serious risk of drying up.

Celebrating International Woman's Day Italian Style

It's the newest rage -- the all-female rugby teams, down to and including players between six and twelve years of age. Growing up, these girls have fueled the 100 women's rugby teams playing throughout Italy. Captain of the top national team is Sara Barattin, 30. Special attention to Italy's hard-fighting female rugby players is being paid in Italy this March 8, when International Women's Day is being celebrated.