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  • For the first time in the 110-year history of the Venice Biennale, open June 1 through Nov. 24, the sovereign state of the Vatican will have its own pavilion within the Arsenale. Its theme, "Creation, Un-Creation, Re-Creation," is intended as an illustration of the first eleven books of Genesis and also as modern homage to Michelangelo's five-centuries-old Sistine Chapel ceiling. "We are trying to reconstruct what has been essentially a divorce between art and faith," Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Cultural Commission, said Wednesday.
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(October 01, 2012)
    Paolo Gabriele was the pope's butler who risks a sentence of 4-1/2 years in jail after confessing to have leaked secret Vatican documents that wound up in a book. By the end of this week the Court will held the final decision on his case.
  • There were no fireworks this 4th of July in Strasbourg, where the otherwise clamorous case of the Vatican bank, Istituto per le Opere Religiose (IOR), founded in 1942, was put on the table for its first ever evaluation by the Council of Europe's powerful MONEYVAL Committee. Properly known as the "Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism," MONEYVAL was created in 1997 to monitor banking in member countries.
  • A small collection of conservative Roman Catholic Bishops are making it difficult for nuns and other Catholic women to do the work they have been called to do. The disarray in the Vatican is another example of how things go wrong when women are left out of the picture, not to mention the hierarchy.
  • Interview with the official historian of the US Embassy in Rome. Professor Bruschini is giving a lecture at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York about “The Cultural Contribution of Italy to Mankind” promoted by ILICA. @ Istituto Italiano di Cultura 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY (between 68th&69th street) Wednesday November 9th, 2011 5:45 pm