- Jan 18, 2020
An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor who is a senator-for-life in Italy has unwittingly provoked one of the country’s most intense confrontations with anti-Semitism since the end of Italy’s Fascist dictatorship during World War II.
Italian Catholics are divided following a populist vistory at the European elections. While some condemn anti-immigration parties, others suggest that it may be time for dialogue.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy’s Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend.
The Italian bishops critcized the anti-immigration policies enacted by the governing populist coalition and enouraged them “to take on their responsibilities.”
While Pope Francis was spreading a gospel of welcoming and openness toward immigrants in the Baltic States, his message was being ignored in his own backyard.
Clergy in Italy stands in defense of immigrants despite opposition by a populist government and many Italians.