View From Rome
The 1,000-room Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is home to one of Italy’s greatest private art collections, which includes a couple of dazzling Caravaggios and a Titian. But perhaps its most surprising acquisition is the Anglican Centre in Rome, which has recently celebrated its fiftieth birthday.
Opposition to Pope Francis started bubbling away almost as soon as he was elected. Now it has spilled out into the streets of Rome. What had previously been confined to letters and blogs circulated by conservative cardinals and pressure groups has been given a more populist flavour after a mysterious series of anti-Francis posters were seen plastered around 40 locations in the Eternal City.
View from Rome Premium02 February 2017
The popular image of Francis is of the cheerful, compassionate, avuncular Argentine who rescues refugees and celebrates his birthday by having breakfast with the homeless.
With his focus on poverty, inequality and climate change Pope Francis has become something of a standard bearer for progressives across the world – the sort of people who view the presidency of Donald Trump with a mixture of fear and horror.
Rome is frozen. Walk past the fountains in Piazza della Repubblica or Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana del Tritone and you will see that lines of ice now fill the channels where water normally flows, giving the statues a dramatic, stuck-in-time effect.
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