From Wanted in Rome...
The restaurant breathes a bucolic atmosphere: high arches evoke a barn, niches in the bare walls display copper bowls and plates, and demijohn bottles and country-style tablecloths decorate rustic wooden tables.
The immigrant workers live crammed in derelict and abandoned buildings without electricity, running water or sanitation.
The dish is exquisite. The tomato slices are tickling your palate and the pasta mixes well with the juicy S. Marzano.
When Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) visited the workers across the southern Italian regions of Calabria, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata and Sicily in 2004, they diagnosed 94.4 per cent as being chronically ill. The workers were suffering from respiratory infections, skin diseases, intestinal parasites and tuberculosis. On top of this, all the workers were undernourished. They earned up to €4 for every crate of 350kg they filled with tomatoes. Yet they had to pay middlemen five cents for every such crate, €5 for transportation per day and €50 a month in rent. The men who were picking food from 06.00-18.00 could afford but one meal a day.
A waitress takes your empty plate. You have a look at the menu: will you try the carciofi alla giudia or rather the zucchine ripiene di carne, both “recipes prepared with local ingredients”? The local ingredients are a well-guarded secret.
Read the entire article HERE...
Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy--one day before Easter Sunday.
Dr. Carlo Bava, Morano's doctor for over 30 years, said that Morano's caretaker had called him to say she had stopped breathing in the afternoon while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Bava said he visited Emma on Good Friday. He says "she thanked me and held my hand" as usual.
Morano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.
Think about it... Emma is reported to have been the last living person born in the 1800s. She is blessed to have lived such a long and productive life. Read more about her life HERE.
We'll all pray for you, Emma.
Since 2007, a man in Milan has claimed that his wife has been afflicted with demonic possession. Although medical experts claim she is physically and mentally healthy, her frightening behavior has caused their marriage to come to an end.
She has been seen lifting--with one hand--a church pew and throwing it at the alter. Parishioners have also witnessed her levitating for seconds at a time, with her body then crashing to the floor. Her demonic behavior was also witnessed by a priest and a Capuchin monk, who both claimed she was a devout Catholic. The behavior was so extreme, that several exorcisms have been performed--with all of them failing.
The couple, who have two children, have received a no-fault divorce since the judge could not rule that her behavior could be explained by doctors or psychiatrists.
Prior to 1970, there was no such thing as divorce in this Catholic country. Current law requires only one year of official separation before couples can begin divorce proceedings, or six months in the case of a separation by mutual consent. Previously, couples had to be officially separated for three years.