Italian journalist and EU MP Magdi Allam: “I leave the Church. It’s too weak with Islam”
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Italian journalist and EU MP Magdi Allam: “I leave the Church. It’s too weak with Islam”

Magdi Allam, former vicedirector of Corriere della Sera and European MP since 2009, a well-known Egyptian-born Italian citizen baptized into the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI after being raised in a Muslim family, announced his journey with Catholicism had ended with the resignation of the pope who baptized him. “The factor more than any … Continue reading

Inaugurating Pope Francis
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Inaugurating Pope Francis

The New Yorker (A.Stille) – While the new Pope, Francis, has made a point of emphasizing simplicity—rather than wearing the usual gold ring, he has insisted on one made of silver—today he gave way to Vatican tradition and formally assumed his office following most (but not all) of the elaborate ceremonial script worked out in … Continue reading

Pope Francis’s sister: “Our family fled Italy to escape Fascism”
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Pope Francis’s sister: “Our family fled Italy to escape Fascism”

Maria Elena Bergoglio hit back at allegations that her brother may have colluded with the military junta in Argentina, saying that their family’s escape from Italy had instilled in him a revulsion for military dictatorships. Their parents, Mario, a railway worker, and Regina, emigrated from Piedmont in northwestern Italy after Mussolini came to power in … Continue reading