Here is a summary of the most recent information and travel news from Italy for November 26 to December 31.
Pope Francis in Curia speech scathingly criticizes Vatican officials
“The Argentinian Pontiff used a traditional Christmas greeting Monday to the cardinals bishops and priests of the Holy See to depict a church hierarchy which had lost its humanity at times. It was a body consumed with narcissism, excessive activity, and men who were meant to serve God with optimism, instead presented a hardened and sterile face before the world.”
“Chief among Pope’s sins was “terrorism of gossip”, which he claimed could “kill the reputations of our brothers and colleagues in cold blood.” He condemned the “pathology” of power, which afflicts those who want to improve themselves above all others, and the “spiritual Alzheimer’s” that makes leaders of the Catholic Church forget that they are supposed be joyful.
The BitterSweet Lifestyle: A podcast based in Rome that explores the mirth and chagrin of living life as an expat
I finally got around to listening to all 43 episodes. I found it fascinating, and if you are interested in Italy or having lived abroad as an expat (probably anywhere), you will find it just as interesting. Tiffany has been living in Rome almost 10 years and Katy is only a year. The podcast is a mix of Italy-specific information and more general thoughts about what it means to be outside your own culture.
Italy Gasps As Inquiry Reveals Mob’s Long Reach
“Even in a country where corruption is a normal part of daily life,” the citizens were stunned by the revelations. They were shocked to discover a new criminal ring right in the capital and the shocking array of charges against politicians from all walks of the political spectrum.
Rome bicycle riders paint their own track
What can you do when Rome’s city officials refuse to build a bike lane in a dangerous tunnel? Of course, you can paint your own.
Italic Wine Region Map
I love wine, I love Italy, & I love maps. This is a given that I love it. It’s not just a pretty face. It tells you which wine is available in Italy. And it’s also a beautiful piece of frameable artwork.
Porsche held corporate event at Sistine Chapel
Pope Francis has indicated that he will allow private events to rent the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, but only if the proceeds go towards charities for the homeless and poor. Porcshe was the first company to host an event at the Sistine Chapel. Guests paid EUR5,000 to attend a concert and a dinner in museum.