Sperlonga (Latina) – PHOTO October 2021

I arrived in Sperlonga on an autumn afternoon. Despite the poor light and the desolate beaches, Sperlonga has distinguished itself for being one of the most beautiful towns on the Latina coast. Perched on a hill overlooking the sea, it has beaches on both sides, which are protected by promoters both on the sea and inland. This makes it one of the hottest areas in central Italy. In addition, there are also nearby lakes that contribute to making the area humid but with mild winters, comparable only to those of Sud od Italy.

Nettuno (Rome) – PHOTO – October 2021

Neptune is the name of an ancient Roman divinity of the sea. Then it was used to name the planet of the solar system. Neptune is also a pretty Roman town in the southern part of the province. I visited it in October, in a climate that seemed vaguely autumnal, but rather late in the summer … The town’s beaches are wide, and many buildings overlook the sea. The city is almost attached to another famous city: Anzio. The beaches allowed me to take a lot of photos as well as videos … The port is large, not very large. The city is one of the most popular destinations after Ostia (the only real beach in the municipality of Rome).

ANZIO (Rome) – PHOTO – October 2021

Have you ever been to the Tyrrhenian (west) coast of Italy? I a few times. One such time was in October 2021. Although autumn has entered for several days, the climate breathed in Anzio was pleasant. I could even notice some people sunbathing. Anzio is famous for being the town that allowed the Americans to land in Italy in the Second World War. It is obviously a seaside town, and although it has not large beaches, it has a large marina, which houses a myriad of boats inside. In the town you can admire many villas (unique in the world) overlooking the promontory with a breathtaking view.

ITALY: new government and Slight fades of the ‘5 star movement’

The new Italian prime minister (premier) Mario Draghi

Probably most of the readers will not know Italian politics, both because it is slightly of interest at an international level and because the newspapers speak little about it. What has happened in recent weeks is quite serious: the previous government was brought down by opening a crisis in the forces of the majority of the parliament.

The causes of the fall of the government are many but the main one is that Matteo Renzi who formed his party in 2019 with many parliamentarians (but who currently has only 2% of votes in the polls) managed not to get the absolute majority to the government With you. In fact, in the first days of February, by voting for confidence in the Senate, Giuseppe Conte managed to snatch a narrow relative majority. And this could also allow to govern by avoiding resigning but it would probably have led to a stagnation in the country.

The president of the republic, who in these cases (when the minister of the council is vacant) has the maximum power and has decided to appoint Draghi, a prominent figure with a unique curriculum in the world. He was president of the bank of Italy and also president of the European central bank, directing precisely in the most crucial years, that is, after the world crisis of 2008-2009. Obviously it was not only the curriculum that motivated the choice, but also the fact that coming from a purely pro-European environment he would have reconciled agreements with the parties that had opened the crisis, despite the fact that there are many parties that do not accept this policy such as the ‘Five-Star movement’. , ‘The League’ and ‘Brothers of Italy’.

The one who is losing the most is the five-star movement, which obviously was the majority party and after having built the government twice, first with Salvini’s right and then with Zingaretti’s left, we see not only losing ministries but also to lose the consensus because many would have liked the movement to have abstained in the vote of confidence in Draghi. Consultations with the new premier were made by all parties but obviously since the primary requirement was to form the government the demands from the leaders were minimal. Beppe Grillo, leader of the 5 stars is to form a ministry for ecological transition but judging by the elected minister, few seem satisfied. In fact, one of the reasons that forced the five stars to support the new government was the risk of losing what has been done up to now. There is no doubt that the movement has done many things in these two and a half years of its term. The citizenship income, the one hundred share for the pension, the law sweeps corrupt, the abolition of the statute of limitations in the judicial reform, and also the competitions in public school.

However, what surprised everyone was the presence in the new government of the ministers of ‘Forza Italia’ (Berlusconi). Some already envisaged this because it was Berlusconi himself who included Mario Draghi at the helm of the European Central Bank. But it is obviously a return to the past, above all because the ministers inserted in the government have been part of the previous legislatures, with not exciting results. If the government lasts until the end of the mandate (i.e. 2023) it will still be a great result for Draghi’s team because almost everyone speculates that the current government will also hold up to be able to elect the president of the republic in the white semester (period in which it is not possible to dissolve your houses of parliament). I doubt that this government will revolutionize the decisions regarding the covid, but it will “limit itself” to better manage the money of the recovery plan, which certainly is coveted by many political parties. It is obvious that a worsening of infections or a delay in vaccination will not help the new government, which will be forced to make decisions based on the evolution of the epidemic. Although it is noted that this government is currently less criticized than the previous one, which in my view has worked miracles, above all by being the first country in the world to have to apply a tough lockdown. Whatever happens these last two years of legislature, I hope that the movement does not dissolve, because new dissidents are starting to emerge within the movement: not everyone agrees to support this government, which is more and more like caste and strong powers. ..

24th march 1944: Ardeatine massacre

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The Ardeatine massacre, or Fosse Ardeatine massacre (Italian: Eccidio delle Fosse Ardeatine), was a mass killing carried out in Rome on 24 March 1944 by German occupation troops during the Second World War as a reprisal for the Via Rasella attack conducted on the previous day in central Rome against the SS Police Regiment Bozen.

Subsequently, the Ardeatine Caves site (Fosse Ardeatine) was declared a Memorial Cemetery and National Monument open daily to visitors. Every year, on the anniversary of the slaughter and in the presence of the senior officials of the Italian Republic, a solemn state commemoration is held at the monument in honour of the fallen. Each year, 335 names are called out, a simple roll call of the dead, to reinforce that 335 discrete individuals symbolise a collective entity.

The imbeciles on the coronavirus

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the illustration of Pawel Kuczysnki

By now the infection is affecting the whole world, and almost everyone is starting to understand the seriousness of the problem.

In Italy, coronavirus news has been in national newspapers for almost a month, but people have been joking for too long, and only now some are starting to repent. The thing that bothers me is seeing people’s imbeciles. In Italy there are people who joke all the time.

This is one of the reasons why I go sporadically on social …In northern Italy there are herniated damages and the damage to the image worldwide will affect all companies .. there is little to laugh about but people never change, even in emergencies ..

The elderly, who are the most at risk, would be able to cough you in the face, living in the doubt of being positive …

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Tommaso Paradiso – I nostri anni

 

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Lyric

Eravamo così belli o almeno ci sembrava
Ed un giorno normale era sempre un giorno speciale
Con la riga di lato e sogni oltre l’aldilà
Facevamo le conte, i pensieri nel dettato
E le notti studiare canto e matematica
Con le spalle scoperte e la musica di mamma e papà
Roma, il sistema solare e il cuore chiuso nella pelle
Cosa, cos’è che ci fa sentire ancora sulle stelle?

Ma è chiaro che siamo noi
Ma è chiaro che siamo
I biscotti inzuppati nel latte
Con i discorsi dopo mezzanotte
E ci ridiamo ancora
E ci piangiamo ancora qua

Mannaggia la Befana
Ma quanto ti ho voluto bene
Te ne voglio sempre di più
Se chiudo gli occhi vorrei crollarti addosso
Roma, le fontane scheggiate, Alberto Sordi nelle tempie
Cosa, cos’è che ci fa sentire polvere di stelle?

Ma è chiaro che siamo noi
Ma è chiaro che siamo
I biscotti inzuppati nel latte
Con i discorsi dopo mezzanotte
E ci ridiamo ancora
E ci piangiamo ancora qua
E non c’è un’altra cosa più vera
E più bella di questa
Fanculo tutto, questi sono i nostri anni
I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri anni
I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri anni
I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri anni
I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri

I biscotti inzuppati nel latte
Con i discorsi dopo mezzanotte
E ci ridiamo ancora
E ci piangiamo ancora qua
E non c’è un’altra cosa più vera
E più bella di questa
Fanculo tutto, questi sono i nostri anni

I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri anni
I nostri anni
Questi sono i nostri

The Pacience of Pope Francis: slaps a faithful!

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During the year-end mass (31 December 2019), Pope Francis’ patience was put to the test. While Bergoglio was walking through the crowd, an oriental lady tugged on the Pope’s hand, more than generally happens when a faithful wants to touch and greet the Pope.

The Pope reacted abruptly, as has never been seen, by slapping the hands of the faithful. However the day after Bergoglio apologized for losing patience in an episode that happened the previous day, not specifying in detail what happened.

An episode that certainly does not overshadow the image of the pope, on the contrary, it even more emphasizes the eccentric character of the pontiff, who has sparked millions of comments on the network and on social media.

The Pope’s journey to Thailand and Japan

 

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The Pope goes down to the Tokyo airport

On November 23rd, Pope Francis landed in Japan at 17.25 PM (local hour), where he spent four days in Thailand, starting November 19th.  The Pope will remain in Japan until November 26th.

“I pray that Almighty God will guarantee you well-being and peace”: these are the words of Pope Francis to Carrie Lam, governor of Hong Kong. Thus in the telegram sent at the time of the overflight in the section that brings the pontiff from Bangkok to Tokyo. No explicit reference to the current crisis. Telegrams from the Pope also came to Xi Jinping, president of China and Tsai Ing-Wen, president of Taiwan. “Abundant blessings of peace and joy”, the wish addressed to the head of state of China. “I invoke abundant divine blessings of peace” in the text for Taiwan.

The Pope, visiting Japan, with the emperor Naruhito has dealt with issues related to the environment, especially the issue of water. The Pontiff, according to sources in the Imperial Palace, explained that it is difficult to solve the problem of the environment because it is linked to the economy. For Pope Francis the next war could be caused by a conflict over water.

The first official appointment is with the bishops of the Bishops’ Conference of Japan, which he met in the refectory of the pontifical representation. “I am very happy for the gift of visiting Japan and for the welcome you gave me,” said the Pope. “I don’t know if you know, but since I was young I felt sympathy and affection for these lands – he said – “Many years have passed since that missionary impulse, whose realization was long overdue. Today the Lord offers me the opportunity to be among you as a missionary pilgrim in the footsteps of great witnesses to the faith.”

 
Program of the APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS
IN THAILAND AND JAPAN

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

ROME-BANGKOK

19:00 Departure by plane from Rome / Fiumicino Airport to Bangkok
Meeting of the Holy Father with journalists during the direct flight to Bangkok

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

ROME-BANGKOK

12:30 Arrival at the Military Air Terminal 2 in Bangkok
12:30 Official reception at the Military Air Terminal 2 in Bangkok
Video message from the Holy Father recorded in the Nunciature, addressed to Thai youth

 

Thursday, 21 November 2019

BANGKOK

9:00 am Welcome ceremony in the courtyard of Government House
9:15 Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House
9:30 Meeting with the Authorities, with the Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Room of the Government House
10:00 Visit to the Supreme Patriarch of the Buddhists at the Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple
11:15 Meeting with the Medical Staff of St. Louis Hospital
12:00 Private visit to the sick and disabled at St. Louis Hospital
Lunch in the Apostolic Nunciature
17:00 Private Visit to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at the Amphorn Royal Palace
18:00 Holy Mass in the National Stadium

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

BANGKOK

10:00 Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in the Parish of St. Peter
11:00 Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and the FABC in the Sanctuary of Blessed Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung
11:50 Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a room adjacent to the Sanctuary
Lunch in the Apostolic Nunciature
15:20 Meeting with Christian and other religions leaders at Chulalongkorn University
17:00 Mass with the young people in the Cathedral of the Assumption

 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

BANGKOK-TOKYO

9:15 Farewell ceremony at the Military Air Terminal 2 in Bangkok
9:30 Departure by plane to Tokyo
17:40 Arrive at Tokyo Haneda Airport
17:40 Welcome ceremony at Tokyo Haneda Airport
18:30 Meeting with the Bishops in the Apostolic Nunciature

 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

TOKYO-HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI-TOKYO

7:20 Departure by plane to Nagasaki
9:20 am Arrival at Nagasaki Airport
10:15 am Nuclear weapons message at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
10:45 Tribute to the Holy Martyrs at the Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill
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Lunch in the Archbishopric
14:00 Holy Mass at the Baseball Stadium
16:35 Departure by plane to Hiroshima
17:45 Arrival at Hiroshima Airport
18:40 Meeting for peace at the Peace Memorial
20:25 Departure by plane to Tokyo
9:50 pm Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

 

Monday, 25 November 2019

TOKYO

10:00 Meeting with the victims of the triple disaster at “Bellesalle Hanzomon”
Private visit to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace
11:45 Meeting with young people in the Cathedral of Santa Maria
Lunch with the Papal entourage in the Apostolic Nunciature
16:00 Holy Mass in the Tokyo Dome
Meeting with the Prime Minister in Kantei
Meeting with the Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps in Kantei

 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

TOKYO-ROME

7:45 Holy Mass in private with the Members of the Society of Jesus in the Chapel of the Kulturzentrum of Sophia University
Breakfast and private meeting with the Maximum College in Sophia University
9:40 Visit to the elderly and sick priests in Sophia University
10:00 Visit to Sophia University
11:20 Farewell ceremony at Tokyo Haneda Airport
11:35 am Departure by plane to Rome / Fiumicino
17:15 Arrival at Rome / Fiumicino airport

Time zone
Rome: + 1h UTC
Bangkok: + 7h UTC
Tokyo: + 9h UTC
Nagasaki: + 9h UTC
Hiroshima: + 9h UTC