- Jan 17, 2021
Three high profile Catholic magazines in Italy criticized the leader of the populist party Northern League, Matteo Salvini, for his controversial stances against immigrants and minorities.
The 5-Star Movement, one of the two populist parties in Italy’s new government, distanced itself Sunday from anti-gay comments made by a minister from its right-wing coalition partner, saying issues like same-sex civil unions deliberately were kept off their common political agenda.
Despite Catholic opposition, Italy’s Senate approved a law permitting individuals to write a living will to refuse treatment in end-of-life scenarios.
Pope Francis presented himself as “servant of the servants of God” before the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference at the Vatican. Instead of giving a speech he had it distributed to them and said he was ready to answer their questions. “When one presides and does not permit dialogue, gossip reigns,” the pope said.