- Apr 9, 2021
On the same day that she had a private meeting with Pope Francis, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Facebook endorsed a campaign to help the poor during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak launched by the Rome office of Catholic charitable organization Caritas Internationalis.
As Romans engage in their standard summer cycle of complaint about the city’s woes, Pope Francis has launched his standard refrain: Don’t wait around for others to do it, do it yourselves.
Pope Francis and the civil authorities in Rome invoked a spirit of welcoming and integration Tuesday, as populist politicians lead the polls in Italy.
Amidst national elections, Rome’s mayor attempts to keep good relations with Pope Francis.
The city of Rome is in financial trouble, and the new mayor had hoped that Pope Francis might come to its rescue by agreeing to pay municipal taxes on all church property throughout the city. People around the mayor are starting to think that was just wishful thinking.
On New Year’s Eve last year, Pope Francis took a final shot at an ex-mayor of Rome he had a role in bringing down. This year, the city’s powers-that-be will be paying careful attention to see if Francis seems to have them in his sights next.