Viareggio Carnival 2020 Novelties, Greta as Dorothy

The world’s most famous and most gigantic allegorical floats are about to parade for six times from 1 to 25 February on the seafront esplanade for the Carnival of Viareggio, seaside resort on Tuscany’s northern coast, as they’ve been doing every year for over 140 years. Why allegorical? You may as well ask. An allegory […]

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“Young People, Don’t Emigrate” Say African Bishops

“Young people, stay at home” is what the Archbishop of Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, in Eastern Africa, has told his country’s youth, exhorting them not to emigrate to Europe. Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is only the last of a long list of African Catholic Bishops and Cardinals to have warned […]

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The Two Popes Film: Much Fiction, Little Truth & History

During the Christmas holidays I watched the film The Two Popes, directed by Fernando Meirelles, recently released by Netflix. It is based on the 2017 play The Pope by Anthony McCarten, in which he imagined conversations that never occurred between Pope Francis when he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Pope Benedict XVI, and […]

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What is for Children the Magic of Santa Claus?

Christmas is behind us, now. But there is still something about that special time of the year that I’d like to reflect and write on. Something quite special in tragic circumstances happened to an American little child for Christmas. In December 2016, media reported that a terminally-ill five-year-old boy in Knoxville, Tennessee, expressed as his […]

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New Year but In Italy Not Enough New Babies

Italy is “one of the oldest countries in the world”: these are the words of the Italian official Institute of Statistics Istat, which in its Yearbook explains how the cause is the decrease in the birth rate together with the increase in life expectancy: In 2018 the decline in births continues, from 458,151 in 2017 […]

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