- Apr 21, 2021
As Italy’s politicians decide whether or not to embrace Mario Draghi as the country’s new leader, they’ll make that decision knowing he’s got the tacit blessing of the Vatican and Pope Francis.
Tuesday morning, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met with the President of the Republic, veteran statesman Sergio Mattarella, to submit his resignation. It’s up to Mattarella to decide whether to invite Conte to try to form a new government, to invite someone else to do it, or to call for new elections.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a crucial no-confidence vote in the senate today, and the Vatican will be watching with interest.
For almost four decades, Italy has had a basic social compact on abortion: Women and doctors aren’t going to jail over abortion, but it’s not going to be “anything goes” either.
For most of my adult life, Italy has been a global exemplar of how not to run a country, struggling to provide even basic public services such as garbage collection or fixing potholes. Now all of a sudden, Italy has become a case study in efficiency and leadership.
Italian bishops announced Thursday a deal with the government to resume public Mass on Monday, May 18, which means the first Sunday Mass to be reopened will be May 24, which in Italy is the Feast of the Ascension.
If early returns are any indication, the way in which the Mass ban is lifted may turn out to be just as controversial, and just as messy, as imposing it in the first place.