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Euro Irreversible?
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Euro Irreversible?

The international media have for some time depicted Finland as the black sheep of the European Union because of her reluctance to pay for other member countries’ debt and thus help to save the eurozone from its present crisis.  This

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Interview With The Archbishop of Kirkuk

In his Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, on “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church,” Pope Benedict XVI challenged Islamic countries to offer the same religious freedom that Muslims usually enjoy in predominantly Christian

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Berlusconi’s Will To Fight

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come under ferocious attack for his alleged relationships with several women, including a teenage girl.  These stories are surfacing exactly when one aspect of his policy—the fight against illegal immigration, which was part of

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Enemies of the Motu Proprio

In a private conversation before the release of the motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum,” a leading personality of U.K. Catholicism predicted that the reinstatement of the Traditional Latin Mass would grant again such an abundant flow of graces that it would

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The U.N. Reform on Human Rights

Mr. Jan Eliasson, former Swedish minister of foreign affairs, is a good representative of the tradition of chivalry that Saint Bridget attributed to the Swedish people in the 14th century.  From 1994 to 2000, Eliasson served as Sweden’s secretary for

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WMD Negotiations Must Be Based on Truth

If you thought that the end of the Cold War meant the end of the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (WMDs), well, actually, it’s not that easy.  This was among the points underscored by Dr. Hans Blix, former

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Holding a New Line

At the time of his election to the papacy, many thought that Pope Benedict XVI’s approach toward Islam would be, by and large, no different from that of his predecessor, the late John Paul II.  But Benedict’s now-famous speech at

The Fruits of Tolerance
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The Fruits of Tolerance

The terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005, in London were widely described as proof that the British multicultural model is flawed; few, however, noted that this crisis has an illustrious precedent, the assassination of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands. 

From Mercy Killing to Euthanasia
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From Mercy Killing to Euthanasia

In late 2000, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia.  Under the law, passed by the lower house of the Dutch Parliament 104-40, a child as young as 12 can request to be put to death, provided he

10,300 Nights in the Gulag
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10,300 Nights in the Gulag

The memory of the victims of communism has been honored with various initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic.  To that end, a spate of symposia and panel discussions were held in November and December 2003 in Italy, mostly in

The Untold Story Behind The Passion of the Christ
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The Untold Story Behind The Passion of the Christ

What could a world-famous multibillionaire Hollywood star like Mel Gibson have in common with an unknown, cash-strapped, freelance journalist based in Rome?  Virtually nothing, it would seem.  Yet there is a common denominator: We are both Catholics and cherish the

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“Peaceful” Immigrants

The Catholic Church as a whole does not support illegal immigration, at least in principle.  However, an increasing number of clergy and prelates, especially in Italy, do grant de facto support to illegal immigration.  For example, the bishop of Caserta,

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The Heart of the Life Debate

The present rift between the United States and Europe on the war in Iraq has overshadowed widening divergences in other realms.  One of these is the attitude toward crucial life issues; whereas the Bush administration is often reprimanded by antilife

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The Prosciutto War

The mid-December 2001 E.U. summit in Laeken, Belgium, will probably be remembered most for its “prosciutto war,”  which began when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi refused to approve the new food agency to be located in Helsinki, Finland, since he

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Tax Breaks for Terror?

On June 23, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that Italian police had smashed a Milan-based Islamic terrorist cell that was planning an attack on the Basilica of San Petronio.  This church, the most important in Bologna, is dedicated

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Italy’s Child-Abuse Lobby

Don Fortunato di Noto is a well-known Italian Catholic priest who has served as a leader in the fight against pedophilia for years, so much so that even Newsweek has acknowledged his work in a lengthy article.  As founder and

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Italian Artworks Targeted by Muslims

When the Taliban in Afghanistan were busy destroying ancient gigantic stone statues of Buddha, some commentators asked: What’s next?  Now, a fundamentalist Muslim group known as Unione dei Musulmani d’Italia (Italy’s Union of Muslims) has demanded that a priceless 15th-century

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Invasion of the Organ Snatchers

The heated discussion of human cloning and related genetic issues is overshadowing another, equally crucial, debate, on organ donation and transplantation. The two debates have a common feature: They are increasingly dividing those who are called to deal with these

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Rejecting E.U. Membership

E.U. Membership was rejected by 77 percent of the Swiss on March 4. Inevitably, parallels are being drawn with what happened in Denmark last September, when the Danes rejected further E.U. integration by saying “no” to the euro. The Swiss,

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Raining on the E.U. Parade

The Danish vote against the euro last fall was a serious setback for the plans of Brussels eurocrats. The Danish “no” reveals the growing rift between the eurofanaticism of the globalist establishment and the reality of public opinion.

On September

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Al Gore and the Feces-Eater

Vice President Al Gore did not bother to answer the letter in which a dozen or so prominent Italian pro-family leaders, intellectuals, and politicians called for him to withdraw his endorsement of the recent World Gay Pride parade in Rome

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The Italian Counterrevolutions of 1799

Who says that conservative historians have to be old, hoary-headed men unable to produce anything innovative? A young Italian scholar named Massimo Viglione is proving the contrary with his two latest books, Rivolte dimenticate (Forgotten Revolts) and Le

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Gay Pride Week in the Eternal City

The European Union has reiterated its appeal to all member states to press ahead with the legalization of homosexual unions, but resistance to the homosexual agenda is growing—especially in Italy.

The recently deposed government of Massinio D’Alema had proposed to

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The European Kerensky?

“Prodi, the Italian Kerensky?” was the intriguing headline of a full-page ad by a Christian-inspired group, Centro Culturale Lepanto (CCL), in two major Italian dailies, Il Giornale and Il Tempo, on May 14, 1996. In that manifesto, CCL president