Italy

Who Am I to Judge? Francis Redefines the Papacy, newyorker.com, July 30, 2013

Week by week, during the past several months, we have gotten a better idea of what the papacy of Pope Francis looks and sounds like. From the beginning he has set a new tone, one of informality, openness, humility, and approachability. He has begun to redefine the papacy, replacing the traditional figure of the Pope—a…

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Why do Italians forgive Berlusconi? Nyer.com June 26, 2013

Americans learning that Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted of exploiting a teen-age prostitute and sentenced to seven years in prison might say, “Well, that’s the end of him.”

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Remembering Giovanni Falcone, twenty-one years after.

  Last year for the twentieth anniversary of Giovanni Falcone’s death, an Italian friend of a friend organized a photographic exhibition in memory of the great Sicilian prosecutor murdered in Palermo on May 23, 1992. She asked me to write a short introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition which I happily did. It appears…

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The Chaos in Italy, thenewyorker.com, May 7, 2013

It would be a mistake to give too much weight to the desperate act of Luigi Preiti, the troubled, unemployed man who allegedly shot at and wounded two police officers in front of Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of Italy’s Prime Minister, late last month. And yet it is hard not to see something symbolic…

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