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    Judith Harris(March 13, 2013)
    Francis I has been named Pope, in remarkable speed. Archbishop of Buenos Aires, age 76, he is the first Jesuit pontiff in history and is the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina. His inaugural mass will be held next Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Once again the Eternal City is the anxious setting for election of a new Pope, the 266th in history. On Thursday the last cardinal who can vote in the approaching Conclave arrived for what is, for the Roman Catholic Church, an epocal event - epocal but also traumatic because the resignation of Benedict XIV was completely unexpected. Hovering like a ghost over the proceedings, say Vaticanologists, is the scandal of Vatileaks, with its revelations of infighting and financial scandal within the Vatican.
  • The celebrated Italian filmmaker proceeds with his retelling of Eluana Englaro's story, a story of life and death that nearly divided Italy. Despite the lack of public funding and incessant controversies, production started in Udine with Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino and Piergiorgio Bellocchio.
  • Last Friday’s battle between Church and State, fought over government funding for private schools, lasted a mere six hours. The score: Church 1, State 0. But then, scoreboards do not always tell the whole story.
  • It isn't exactly Woodstock all over again, but everyone, from the Prime Minister to nursing mothers to the gay community, is demanding that Italy re-consider its values. It's almost summer and the groups are all screaming for a little more than just ice cream