The answer is "No". The Vatican did not build a secret property empire, they did this openly, and they did use the millions they received from Mussolini.
In this official Vatican reaction in the Telegraph.co.uk to the secret property article in the Guardian.co.uk, the Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi explaines:
The money was compensation, ...
The hotel was seized (requisitioned) by the local government.
This was not the first hotel to be seized. Profughi, il prefetto requisisce un hotel explains that an 1865 law provides for the seizure of property per "gravi e urgenti necessità pubbliche" [grave and urgent public necessity]. The article explains that l’hotel Cristallo , a 4-star hotel, was ...
Yes, some bars in Italy are using pasta straws. But is it really surprising?
Civico5: Manduria, Italy
News: "Civico5 opta per le cannucce di pasta: un atto d'amore per l'ambiente" (Civico5 opts for pasta straws: an act of love for the environment)
Dum Dum Republic: Paestum, Italy
Blog: "Sulla scia della sfida #plasticfree già lanciata ...
Short answer: There is a liquid that does the congeal and liquefy trick, but it's probably not blood.
Long answer: First of all, the Catholic Church has not made an official stance on this event. The wikipedia page on this says so, as well as an investigation by The Italian Committee for the Investigation of the Paranormal.
While the Catholic Church ...
No part of Matteo Salvini's claim is true.
When looking at data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics(Istat), neither the 'one third' or '700' claim make any sense in regards to the number of crimes committed. Unless Salvini provides the source of those numbers, it's pretty safe to say either he or his source made them up.
However, roughly one ...
NO, none of the data nor the "analysis" can predict effectively the earthquakes, because that impossible with our current detection capabilities and understanding of the earthquakes.
First, what is a "Scientific earthquake predictions"?
Scientific earthquake predictions should state where, when, how big,
and how probable the ...
Yes it does exist.
A 10-year investigation by Italian authorities earlier this year
revealed ties between Italian groups and Mexican drug traffickers to
move shipments of cocaine across the Atlantic Ocean.
Italian mafia smuggles cocaine for europe
The Italian mafia, have its ups and downs. The bosses and high-ups get caught, their business broken ...
The practice of giving up meat for Lent has been part of the Christian tradition since before the fourth century and before the schism between East and West. In some traditions this means a completely vegan diet. Check out this site for more information: Catholic Encyclopedia.
Nature of the fast
Neither was there originally less ...
According to Italian Society Reflected in New Vatican Accord, Toledo Blade, 14 October 1984, page 2 of section C:
The Vatican owns 1.8 million acres and an undisclosed number of buildings, apartments and palazzi all over Italy.
So just based upon land area, between 2 and 3%.
See also the US government publication Land Redistribution: One Aspect
Both data are mentioned in several media articles. Two of the most authoritative seem to be a 2010 article on Il Giornale and especially a 2013 article on the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
Both attribute the 20% datum (circa il 20% del patrimonio immobiliare in Italia è in mano alla Chiesa, “about 20% of the real estate in Italy is in the hands of the ...
In this 2014 Corriere della Sera article, “historian” Andrea Santangelo describes this rule, which he also mentions in his and Lia Celi's book Mai stati meglio, as coming from a nineteenth century Regolamento urbano (City regulations) imposed by the Austrians then ruling over Milan, due to one “Luigi Fabio”, and never repealed since then.
Via i mugugni, ...
Although there is a lot of speculation, we will never know for sure. What evidence there is, is pure speculation, but it does make a decent circumstantial case:
I think this is a good setup:
The second major implication of the sodomy case is, of course, the
question of Leonardo's sexuality. Homosexuality was common in
quatrocento Florence, and ...
By several accounts Mussolini gave that speech, but it's not clear that the translation/interpretation is correct though:
A 1938 English book by (anti-fascist author) Gaetano Salvemini translated & interpreted the meaning of that as
In March 1934 Mussolini had to admit that "three-quarters of the
Italian economic system, both industrial and ...
As this is an often used quote to supposedly 'prove' how 'left-wing' or 'socialist' Mussolini was, it is indeed noteworthy to look at the actual text.
His own words from
La situazione economica (26 maggio 1934)
with some context:
Viceversa le banche in Italia, forse per aiutare anche le industrie, avevano fatto una formidabile indigestione di titoli ...
The claim is false, because it underestimates the number!
From 25-34 years of age the percent of men living at home with their parents it's not a third, it's nearly 60%:
Source: Eurostat Data Explorer. Note: I moved the Sex combo-box from its original position to be able to crop the image slightly better.
(slightly) More details
The above screenshot is ...