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Corleone funerals in Rome: not just corruption, but organized crime

21 Ago

Hundreds of tearful mourners paid their final respects to Vittorio Casamonica, 65, at the San Giovanni Bosco Church, on front of “You conquered Rome, now you’ll conquer paradise” read a banner, “King of Rome,” read another, featuring Casamonica’s image, the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Useful to know, the Casamonica clan has been involved of racketeering, extortion, usury and many other investigations into Roman criminality.

In the square on front of the Church you can ‘admire’ six black horses pulling an antique black-and-gold carriage as a band played music from The Godfather soundtrack, dozen and dozen of bouquets of flowers as a low-flying helicopter dropping red rose petals on the crowd below or a Rolls Royce and other luxury cars parked everywhere and blocking the trafffic for hours with pratically no intervention by Municipal Police … yet it is from 2013 that in Italy the public funerals of the mafia men are prohibited by law.

The parish priest,  Reverend Giancarlo Manieri, said he had no control over what happened outside the Church … but the big banners where on front side of his Church, not over, and in the same Church there was the funeral of Enrico De Pedis, the boss of Magliana Clan. Reverend Manieri is clear: “I would do it one more, an exponent of a clan is still within the Church”, but Pope Francesco – just an year ago – said that “those who are not in this path of good, like the mafia, these are not in communion and are excommunicated” … and it is from 2011 that the funerals of mafia men were banned by bishops in some regions.

Rome’s corruption is a thousands years tradition and after the WWII has long thrived on the connivance of city politicians, administrators and local crime syndicates, but without an infrastructure like Cosa Nostra or Ndrangheta. But, starting from 2001, something is changed: there was a junction between parties’ apparatuses aimed at illegal financing through services through outsourced contracts and criminal organizations /cartels as one of Casamonica.

How much serious is the situation in Rome?

Easy to say: the former and the current city council as the former regional council have been decimated by arrests, the prefecture calls for the removal of at least one hundred municipal dirigents, as well as those already involved in investigations. The Vatican – that would control at least 40% of the hotels of the capital – starts a lucrative Jubilee in an out of control town as the Casamonica’s funeral demostrates.

An old Latin proverb says: “Pecunia non olet”. (trad. money does not stink). But … in the III Millennium, where there is corruption, a mafia branches. Not just lobbyng, but organized crime … that had needed more than 5-6 years to take over the town.

The axiom Catholicism – Corruption is long-standing:from the first schism under Pope Callistus concerned about this and from Aryo to the Cathars through Luther and Calvin or schismatic Frenchs the question is always the same: easy forgiveness, lust for resources.

Until yesterday, the Vatican had serious problems in Mexico, in Calabria or in South America, as well as in itsfinancial institutions.
From today the scandal is Rome and it is not the first time in the last three thousands years.


Mattarella for President: another Jesuit for Rome?

31 Gen

Sergio Mattarella is the new President of the Italians.
A gentleman, southerner, educated person, he has credit in the ‘gentry’ society. The critical elements are given in the age (73 years old) and the former ChrisitanDemocrat origin, as in his appaesament in PD, as well as being little known Italian and abroad.

Who will Mr. President Sergio Mattarella is easy to say: we can predict that he will inspire to Bartolomeo Sorge, a Jesuit, theologist and Italian political scientist, expert on social doctrine of the Church and member of the so-called Democratic Catholicism.
Padre Sorgeduring the 80s as director of Civiltà Cattolica, a newspaper published by Jesuits, became the protagonist of a movement of opinion to promote Catholics into a new cultural identity and a new political role, with the goal of a re-founding” of the Christian Democrats , and, from 1986 to 1996, he directed the Institute of Political TrainingPedro Arrupe’ in Palermo, from which supported the so-called Spring of Palermo‘ twenty years ago.

The father, Bernardo Mattarella, repeatedly parliamentary, constitutional expert and anti-mafia man’, already in 1944  signaled to Don Luigi Sturzo, even in the United States, that the Sicilian separatism is still a movement that must be followed and constantly vigilant, even little good for the element from which it is surrounded, the mafia, reported by the feudal lords to the honor of the separatist political limelight ” and – in an article in the June 3, 1944 on People and Freedom – published an article in which he accused the separatists, accusing them of have “on the conscience the sad responsibility to have gathered around it (the Mafia), trying to recharge the organization more dangerous and overbearing that has plagued for many years our lands.”

Therefore, the election of Sergio Mattarella could also prove a good choice, with the right man in the right place.
The problem is the butcher policy that led to his name.

In fact, going to summarize, this election:

  1. induces the generation of octogenarians actually ‘on ride again’ to believe they can reset the country to 1994, when just the Mattarellum law entered Italy into the hell of the Second Republic, or perhaps to 1978 when the whole Italian politics turned for the worse
  2. convinces the Demoratic Party to be in a politically hegemonic position , while this is true only in neoaristocratics clubs,  while, on the contrary, both the Democrats like the people’ are of a completely different opinion
  3. leaves a huge void on right side of parliament’, with an Alfano hostage’ of the Stability and a Berlusconi’ humiliated more than  judgments did, but also to left side’, since the day after tomorrow Matteo Renzi could claim to have reconstructed the White Demo-Christian Whale .

Meanwhile, we note that with Pope Bergoglio sj and Mattarella President goes to compose a piece of that democratic project that led to the papacy John XXIII as John F. Kennedy in the White House, but 1961 is so far away.

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Religions and territories in Europe, Africa and Middle East – Maps

25 Ago

Le mappe – come tutte le rappresentazioni pittografiche –  parlano da sole. These maps – as any pictographic representation – speak for themselves.















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Lucy Riina, an honorful daughter for a ‘catholic’ Mafia boss

28 Ago

Swiss television has published on its website an interview with Lucy Riina,  daughter of mafia boss Toto Riina, who said ‘I am proud and happy to call me Riina. It ‘s the name of my father and I imagine that any child who loves his parents does not change his family name. It corresponds to my identity ‘.

‘Our mother was extremely important, because we could not go to school. She taught us to read and write’. ‘ They’re my parents, we are Catholic and I love my father and my mother’, pointing out that  every night they prayed for the boss and that the worst in his life was the arrest of his father.
So ‘worst’ that every year, for about twenty years, millions of Italians rejoice the day of his arrest and commemorate massacres and martyrs of the Mafia.

Christmas massacre to Train Rapid 904 – quotidiano.net

Almost immediately the reaction of the Italian civil society, like that of Giovanna Maggiani Chelli, president of the Victims of the Massacre of Via dei Georgofili Association: ‘His father did not kill someone in a fit, but he slaughtered and butchered scientifically made hundreds of poor souls who have found themselves even just on its way as our children. Lucia Riina appalled a good time in front of so much innocent blood spilled ‘cause those like her could have a rich life’.

Massacre of Gergofili – photos La Nazione

Toto Riina was the undisputed head of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra for about twenty years and he ordered hundreds of deaths and injuries, attacks and car bombs, massacres, conspiracies and corruptions, that will shape the future of Italy and the Mediterranean for many decades to come.
We cannot forget that Cosa Nostra (and later Ndrangheta) invaded Italy and (in part)Germany with  heroine poisoning generations and generations, creating a  parallel tax system named extortion, putting tentacles – more or less directly – in many contracts and concessions, going so far as the London Stock Exchange after that of Milan.

Capaci massacre – photo Sestini

A man responsible for the death of judges Falcone and Borsellino with their security staffs. A criminal in career who has castrated the aspirations for growth and development of his own land, Sicily, affecting even the water supply to homes and fields, as still happens. He affected the election results of the Region and the Parliament. He blackmailed and probably continues to blackmail the Italian State, one of the countries of the G8 and NATO.
He has implemented terrorist attacks against civilians with car bombs and heavy charges.
How she can be ‘honored’ by a ‘this kind’ parent is hard to understand, unless we speak of ‘men of honor’ and ‘honored society’, but it is even more difficult to understand how she could be grateful to a father that – to escape the prison and continue its sordid business – has made raising children in hiding without even being able to attend a school and find freely their friends.
A Mafia boss who has never shown signs of repentance, as it happened for the bosses Provenzano and Buscetta or the killer Brusca.

Via Amelio massacre

‘The daughter of a mobster, what we expect’ someone would say, forgetting that consciousness is something individual and not inherited from the parents, which at most can educate or plagiarize.
A consciousness of which Lucia Riina clarifies the moral reference when she says “we are Catholics and I love my father and my mother.” A matter of conscience regarding all Catholics, if, for example, in Mexico there is a long-standing controversy for those rich donations that the Catholic Church accepts the Narcos.

Headstone of ‘thanksgiving as benefactor to Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano’, leader of the Zetas, affixed to the churchyard of a Catholic church – Tezontle in Pachuca, Mexico

In fact, the Radio Télévision Suisse types on site a title like “Une éducation catholique”.
Still, we should remember – including Mexicans – that  Sicilian episcopate imposed the penalty of excommunication from the mafia for three times – in 1944, 1955 and 1982 – and that Pope Wojtyla, lifting his finger to the Sky launched the anathema ‘Repent!’ against the mafias, called “fruit of the work of the tempter,” “social sin”, the “opposite” of ‘love civilization willed by God. Even on last May 20th, Francis Pope reiterated that ‘funeral can not be celebrated in the church for the Mafia people, because, by not accepting the Gospel message, they rank directly outside.
The author Roberto Saviano – under fatwa by Casalesi because he wrote the book Gomorra, has recently urged the Pope to issue an excommunication Urbis et orbis, to offenders as to part of the clergy – who officiates the sacraments – because they continue to ignore the ‘lata sententia’.
Without resorting to the very busy Vicar of Christ, it would be very appropriate and useful that someone informs Lucia Riina of what ‘god of the Underworld’ servants will do the mobsters like his father and what it provides Catholicism for families like hers, if at first repentance and shame do not replace honor.
No mafia or supporter of any mafia can be called Catholic. Stop.

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Vatican: the battle of Rome

13 Feb

Some twenty years ago, an anarchist named Hakim Bey, wrote a freak book (Temporary Autonomous Zone), which foreshadowed the emersion of pirate factions, in temporary autonomous zones by the financial ‘imperial’ system, from which to operate intrusively ‘riding the strings’ of the Machine. Definitely delusional idea, except that, 15 years later, GW Bush and the entire U.S. establishment waged a battle to the ‘rogue states’, which even before the ‘asymmetrical war’ Central America was at the mercy of the Narcos and Corporations as is now also becoming in Africa, after Eastern Europe, with the addition of ethnic or religious factions.

piovra ior vaticanIn one of these autonomous territories by the imperial system of the stock exchange and the perfect bipolarism, there is – by years – the Catholic Church Kingdom, based in Rome with ‘branches’  everywhere, in Italy and abroad . ‘Branches’ because the priest who runs a small mission fund raises, aggregates consent, supports the economy, validates the reliability of other people, but, while not ‘directly dependent’ by State of the Vatican, he can be removed , removed, plundered or excommunicated by the Pope, who is at the same time absolute Pontiff and King of a court composed by the Princes of the Church. A Court Vatican that extends to the so-called ‘Roman Black Nobility’, composed primarily by Italian citizens, who, not infrequently, have prominent positions in the Italian capital.

Points of service delivery such as parishes and missions, ‘branches’ and delegations as bishoprics, ‘controlled’ as congregations, ‘locked in’ as banks and foundations, all belonging to the Roman Board on behalf of God: an element of atavistic modernity, a primordial networking, which allowed for two thousand years the Catholic Church to survive and to branch in the temporal power.

A Temporary Autonomous Zone which is consolidated in the course of the 80s, during the pontificate of Karol Wojtyla, who took over after the strange death of the reformer Pope Albino Luciani, while personal computers started to take over the world of men, the first planetary networks were born and when opportunities of easy money and criminal collusions increased exponentially.

A pontificate of John Paul II, who was spotted by death on the altar of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who came back from a visit in Rome literally “dismayed for the coldness with which the pope had evaluated the extensive documentation, about the violation of human rights and the killing of those who opposed, even among its collaborators, the oppression exercised by the Salvadoran government on the people. “

Or the sad story of Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi hanged in London under the bridge of the Blacks Friars, hidden money was sent to Poland to anti-Communists Solidarnosc, mafia connections were discovered, as confirmed by the request of the Italian judiciary, in 2007, for a life sentence for Pippo Calo, the “cashier” of Cosa Nostra, and Ernesto Diotallevi, one of the bosses of the Banda della Magliana, then acquitted for lack of evidence.

Or the constant support, if not explicit protection, that was given by Karol Woityla to Marcial Maciel, pedophile and founder of the Legionaries of Christ, a congregation that lacks only the listing, as it has 650 priests, 2,500 students of theology, 30,000 active lay members around the world, dozens of schools, $ 60 million of annual budget.

Not to mention reliance by Karol Wojtyla in Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, an ambiguous character, President – since 1971 – of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), the Vatican bank,  target of the Organised Crime and Racheteering Section of Department of Justice of the United States since 1973 and connected by the Italian media in other scandals, such as the death of Pope John Paul I and the disappearance and probable death of Emanuela Orlandi, a young Vatican citizen.

An Institute for Works of Religion  born in June 27, 1942, with the upgrade of the “Commission of charitable organizations”, commissioned in 1887 by Pope Leo XIII and managed from 1929 by the banker Bernardino Nogara in order to ‘invest’ enormous capital, after the Lateran Treaty forced the Italian government to pay to the Holy See the sum of 750 million lire and to deliver government consolidated debt with a face value of 1 billion dollars.

A strange financial transaction as Nogara plowed funds Vatican financing the modernization and industrialization of Fascist Italy was making. A lot of enterpirsed came under the control of the newly established “Special Administration for the Works of Religion”: Italgas, the textile holding CISA-Viscosa, Institute of Land Credit, Assicurazioni Generali, Italian Society for the Southern Railway, Roman Institute of Beni Stabili (a real estate company), Electric Company and Electrochemistry of Caffaro, CONDOR Society for ‘petroleum and chemical industry, Company Mining and Metallurgical Pertusola, Adriatic Society of Electricity and Burgo, Banco di Roma, Banco di Santo Spirito, Savings Bank of Rome, Società Generale Immobiliare and even militar industries as Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, Breda and the National Aeronautics Company, that, in 1935, supplied weapons and ammunition for the Italian ethnic cleansing in Libya.
A ‘non-bank’ which, during the Great Depression, dumped on statal IRI the interest securities of Banco di Roma, Banco di Santo Spirito and Sardinian Credit at market prices, even though they were fully depreciated, with a gain of more than $ 600 million.

If this was ‘given’ when the Commission was essentially operating in Italy, let alone what has become the financial power of the IOR in the world and what might be its political power today, especially, into the Vatican Jerarchy.

Especially if we add that the disease Wojtyla, in the last years of his pontificate, allowed the emersion and branching within the Court of the Pope King of a conglomeration of ugly interests. Or worse, that the Institute of Religious Works, with a long story of suspicions and accusations of money laundering, few months ago has gave to adapt his standards of transparency to those required to banks to operate in the European Union and now IOR operates in Italy as it was a offshore bank.

Shadows, doubts, suspicions, episodes, involvement indicating a profound ethical change if, for example, Mexico has been discussed for years on ‘narco-alms’, where churches are built thanks to public donations of murderous Narco bosses, where Cardinal Juan Sandoval, archbishop of Guadalajara, was investigated for money laundering.

Hence the initial reluctance of Joseph Ratzinger to accept the papal mandate, widely perceived, even then, as in the Conclave of 2005 or as the Corriere della Sera describes, speaking of a “symptom extreme, final, irrevocable crisis of a system of government and a form of the papacy, and the rebellion of a Pope in front of the drift of a Church institution passed in few years from a teacher of life to a sinful entity, from a moral point of reference of Western public opinion to a kind of global charged”.

A decision taken in March 2012, as reported by the director of Osservatore Romano, Gian Maria Vian, that took place while the Vatileaks, a flight of news, for which the papal butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted and then pardoned.

The director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the attitude of Pope Benedict XVI, at the time of the facts, emphasizing “a line of desire for truth, for the sake of clarity, the desire for transparency, this – even if gradual time – makes his steps, and then honestly I think we are trying to deal with this new situation: we seek the truth, let us understand what objectively happened. But first you need to understand with certainty, respect for people and for the truth. “

A road on the edge of a blade, as an informant of the Panorama magazine (perhaps the toll on Paolo Gabriele) said that “here there is a good amount of blackmail, an equal number of blackmail, a mass of employé, and a percentage reduced by men of faith: among them there are the saints, who keep up the Church. “

A complex history, as wrote Ezio Mauro, Director of Repubblica, (on June 1, 2012) tells the story of “a letter from the Secretary of the Governorate of Vatican City, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who denounced a series of embezzlements, traffics and conspiracies in the Vatican”, another letter from Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, bishop of Milan, who asks reason for the request to “leave the presidency of the Institute Toniolo, which controls two giant centers of influence and power as the Catholic University in Milan and the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome” or the “letter of Cardinal Attilio Nicora, president of the Financial Information of the Vatican, which condemns the refusal of the IOR, the Bank of the Holy See, to provide transparent informations on suspicious bank transactions before the entry into force of the Vatican law against money laundering, on 1 April 2011. “

A sequel to overt or veiled accusations to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Chamberlain (Secretary of State), which happened while Ettore Gotti Tedeschi – president of the IOR ‘suggested’ directly by the Pope to restore the IOR – was discouraged unanimously by the Board of Superintendence IOR, “with a personal attack of the Knight of Columbus, Carl Anderson, to de-legitimize” him, that seems inspired by the number two of the Holy See.
A fact that has generated alarm in the financial world and in the European North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as “the deliberate opacity, and insisted sought by IOR can be a window of opportunity for criminal operations of all kinds, with the risk – reported in its letter from Cardinal Nicora – resulting in a blow to the reputation of the Holy See. “

What else to think before the nine transfers for € 225,000, from an IOR account and for a group of criminals of Catania, thanks to a priest, nephew of a mafia boss – in a pattern that was proved quite popular – or the order to Credito Artigiano to transfer 23 million of Euros to JP Morgan in Frankfurt  – as for the Bank of Fucino for 3 millions – in spite of the Italian legislation against money laundering.

A scandalous affair if we discover that, while in Italy many families were going in poverty, some mounthes ago, someone in the Vatican moved large amounts of capital out of Italy, as described by The Daily Done on 21 March 2012.
When “the Bank of Italy required the institutions to ask Ior the name of the real owner of the money handled and the Vatican bank started to ‘unlike’ the Bel Paese, with a series of transfers for tens and tens of millions of euros, Vatican leave Italian banks as Unicredit (former Banca di Roma) and flied to Frankfurt to the JP Morgan bank.
The IOR, to make its millionary gains that feed the activities of USA Congregations, uses an account opened in the only door of the U.S. bank JP Morgan in Italy. … It is the Trojan horse through which the IOR operates in Italy: the movements are over a year and a half exceed 1,5 billions. In October 2011, the Public Prosecutor of Rome discovers the trick and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Bank of Italy – to intervene. The Bankitalia inspectors asked for information on the real holders of money handled by the IOR. … On 15 February, in order to avoid trouble, Jp Morgan informs Ior the final closure of the account with effect from 30 March 2012. “

An IOR which moves at least one billion euro per year only on the account of JP Morgan Bank in Milan, while the estimated wealth in 2008 would be just around € 5 billion (source Sole24ore), a ridiculous amount when we consider that Mukesh Ambani, the ‘India’s richest man, lives in Mumbai with his family in a skyscraper of 27 floors of worth of $ 1 billion.

An IOR which moves at least one billion euro per year only on the account of JP Morgan Milan, while the estimated wealth in 2008 would be only around € 5 billion (source Sole24ore), a ridiculous amount when you consider that Mukesh Ambani, the ‘ India’s richest man, lives in Mumbai with his family in a skyscraper of 27 floors worth of $ 1 billion. Absurd.

“In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of soul and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

This is the text of the papal resignation, in which no word is left to chance, as the ‘deteriorated soul strength’ and the ‘inability to manage’.

Resignation which, however, is not an act of impulse, but with all of the time to be organized, for example, appinting 28 new cardinals bringing from 40 to 67 the number of cardinal electors casted by him and far surpassing the 51 residual electors from the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

How will the Vatican City and what will happen within its walls, if in a few months we will have two popes, one in the chair and the other one retired but alive?

Meanwhile, La Stampa said the pastor Don Renato Sacco, which shows how the Monsignor Luigi Bettazzi, few months ago, “had met with the Pope in and we had hinted at a possible resignation of Ratzinger linking it to health reasons and to the need for renewal of the Church. A renewal that was to come from the leadership of the Church”.

Clearer than that …
The battle continues. Good wins, Evil loses?

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