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Date: Sunday, 5-Aug-2012 15:10:49
By Carlo Ungaro
International events move fast, and it is difficult for public attention to remain fixed on a particular event, no matter how grave or dramatic. And yet the recent Vatican Saga, a not unfamiliar story of corruption, scandal, potential violence and political infighting does deserve a closer look, if nothing else for its possible developments.
Thanks to centuries of experience, the people of Rome have developed tremendous insight — a veritable sixth sense — in guessing, ahead of time, when there is trouble brewing on the right bank of the Tiber, under the massive dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy See is usually able to control its image with the Italian public, thanks mainly to an extremely respectful and obsequious .media and press, as witnessed, for example by the limited publicity the paedophilia scandal had in Italy even when it was front-page news elsewhere....