With the approach of the European Union elections May 26, tensions between the government partners soar as each battles to snare votes from the other. Corruption and clandestine migration remain dominant themes.
Tonight, on Good Friday, the Pope dedicates the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) celebration held at the Colosseum, to the plight of migrants and victims of human trafficking, the “new crucified; victims of our closures, of powers and legislations, of blindness and egoism, and above all else, of our hearts hardened by indifference.”
Pope Francis at the tomb of Don Mazzolari, archpriest of Bozzolo, the priest whose books were withdrawn from the Holy Office.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.
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.”
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.
Holy Father came to Milano for a brief visitation packed with insightful speeches, blessings of the less fortunate, and a 44 piece art exhibition in Palazzo Reale to last until early June. The exhibit includes 44 artistic works, including pieces by Titian and Guercino and "Ecstasy of St. Francis of Assisi," a work recovered last year from an earthquake-ravaged church in Accumoli.
The renowned Poland-born left-wing thinker recently passed away, leaving behind an influential ethical footprint throughout the world, including the likes of Italy. In just this last year, he graced several festivals and conferences across the country, sharing with others his life testimony on what would be some of his very last days.
For better and sometimes for worse, 2016 had its memorable moments. Given the importance of the arts in Italy, among the events of the year listed below are also major art exhibitions and performances of grand opera.