April 11, 2001
The government called a Vatican Radio offer to reduce transmissions "absolutely insufficient" and warned that it will pull the plug on broadcasts unless the Vatican complies with Italian laws governing electromagnetic emissions. It was the latest step in a struggle between Italy and the Vatican over the emissions, which people living near radio transmission towers outside Rome fear are a health hazard.
October 11, 1993 |
Mafia members can marry in the church, but they must keep it quiet. A statement from the Conference of Italian Bishops on Saturday said the Roman Catholic Church cannot prohibit mobsters from taking wedding vows. But it urged them to limit the ceremony to family members and keep high-profile figures and celebrities off the guest list. "A useless waste of money offends the poor," the bishops wrote.
February 13, 1987 |
Jews will have the right not to work Saturdays and to deduct religious contributions from their taxes under an agreement worked out by the Italian government and the nation's Jewish community, a Jewish leader said Thursday. The new accord, which still must be approved by Parliament, will establish the rights of Italy's 35,000 to 40,000 Jews, 40% of whom live in Rome.
August 30, 1988 |
Venice tempted moviegoers Monday with French sexual tragedy, Stalinist political drama and off-screen imponderable legalism a la Italiana. The 45th Venice International Film Festival opened without a hitch but with a nagging question: Will Martin Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" be shown? Answer: No one knows. Scheduled for festival presentation Sept.
August 30, 2001 |
Ending a saga that had embarrassed the Vatican and captivated Italy, the wife of a Roman Catholic archbishop said Wednesday that she would accept his decision to leave her and return to the church. "For the great love for my husband, I'll respect his decision" to leave me, Maria Sung told reporters after meeting with Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo for the first time in three weeks. "But that doesn't change the feeling I have for him in my heart."
November 3, 1990 |
After four decades abroad, Archbishop Paul C. Marcinkus, the best known--and most controversial--American prelate at the Vatican, has retired from papal service to return to his native Chicago as a parish priest. Built like a linebacker, his street Chicago accent and idiom unblunted by 40 years of Vatican propriety, Marcinkus first drew international attention as the Pope's chief bodyguard and later as the hapless president of a Vatican bank rocked by monumental financial scandal.