January 25, 1998 |
This just in: The latest estimates from Italy's National Institute of Population Research indicate that at the current rate of population decline, 150 years from now there will be no more Italians. To some people, that might be cause for rejoicing. F. Scott Fitzgerald, for instance. He once said, "I now know why the French love France so much--I have seen Italy."
March 25, 2007 |
Europe appears to be losing faith in its own future, Pope Benedict XVI said, warning against "dangerous individualism" on a continent where many people are having fewer children. "One must unfortunately note that Europe seems to be going down a road which could lead it to take its leave from history," the pontiff told bishops in Rome for ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, a major step toward the creation of the European Union.
February 15, 2011 |
They came from opposite directions, two avid hunters tracking the same wild boar. Neither knew the other was there. So when one noticed a flash of movement in a nearby bush, he fired two quick rounds ? adding the other man's name to the grim roll of those killed in pursuit of a deadly pastime. As Italy weighs up the tons of birds, hares and other game bagged over its official five-month hunting season, the country is facing the uncomfortable fact that enthusiasts fatally shot an alarming number of humans as well, at the rate of about one a week.
February 2, 2005 |
Three days into a bad bout with the flu that made it hard for him to breathe, Pope John Paul II was rushed to a hospital late Tuesday after canceling most of his week's appointments, the Vatican said. Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told Italian state TV network RAI that the pope had suffered a "breathing crisis" and was hospitalized for treatment. Another report said his throat was inflamed, his respiratory tract was infected, and he had a fever.
September 22, 2002 |
After 40 years, Lunella Russo has seen it all on Mulberry Street: Boisterous festivals, like this weekend's Feast of San Gennaro, which is expected to draw more than 2.5 million people. Booming real estate values, which have turned Little Italy into one of the city's hottest neighborhoods. Blood-curdling mob violence, both real and cinematic.
November 7, 2004 |
Her Italian is nearly perfect. Her demeanor is quietly polite. But the sommelier at Il Pagliaccio, a tony restaurant in Rome's historic center, isn't your average Chianti expert. Diners are often shocked to see Kana Oya, a native of Japan, sniffing their corks and pouring their Pinot Grigios. Oya, 33, is one of an emerging class of immigrant workers in Italy who have moved beyond the anonymity of kitchens and cleaning crews to better, more visible jobs.