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  • Events: Reports
    (April 17, 2016)
    A great new season of hope with Pope Francis. Book launch at Columbia University - Italian Academy on April 21 at 7 pm. The apostolic nuncio to UN, Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Italian minister of Environment, Hon. Gian Luca Galletti, and the director of the Earth Institute, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs , will discuss about it with a special focus on Francis's effort for the climate change deal. The co-author of "the American Pope", Dr. Paolo Messa (Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome), will be present.
  • Art & Culture
    Martha Ciampi(January 07, 2016)
    Back in 1992 Rome-based correspondent David Willey published his book God’s Politician, reflecting his 50 trips worldwide with Pope John Paul II. Another of his books, Italians, was the result of his 10-part BBC series on fascinating individuals from all over Italy. Now his latest book, "The Promise of Francis, about Pope Francis", has just been published by Simon & Schuster. Here is our exclusive interview with David Willey about his experience of covering the Vatican for the BBC for forty years.
  • Op-Eds
    (November 13, 2015)
    All eyes this week were turned across the Tiber and toward St. Peter's, where Pope Francis has stumbled twice in the past 10 days, and the Church itself has been bruised by two new books which document alleged grave financial abuse inside the Vatican. The Church has launched a probe into the two Italian authors over revelations of confidential documents, but for some the issue at stake is freedom of the Italian press.
  • Italians are seen as “the West’s human face,” by a cultural mentality very suspicious of other Western countries. It might seem a cliché, but it should not be ignored. It’s a great asset for Italy in Egypt and other places in the region. It’s what analysts call “soft power.” And there’s a lot we can do to consolidate that power.