- Jan 25, 2020
What difference might it make if all practicing Catholics, not just about half, actually showed up to vote?
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, said Aug. 22 that a patriotic love for one’s country and culture does not mean closing off oneself to others, particularly those in need.
Matteo Salvini’s blatant brandishing of Catholic symbols has gone down as one of the most significant exchanges of his successful bid to topple Conte’s 14-month-old government, which collapsed Tuesday after Salvini’s League party withdrew its support.
As he resigned, Italian Prime Minister told populist firebrand Matteo Salvini, “Someone with responsibility for government should avoid juxtaposing political slogans with religious symbols during their rallies.”
Many Italians will assume a vote for the anti-immigrant Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is a vote against the pope, or that standing with the pope means standing against Salvini.
Despite his hardline anti-immigrant policies, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has denied there’s any conflict between himself and Pope Francis and said meeting the pontiff would be a “great honor.”