The Pope condemned the embargo on Cuba and greets the island: “Hasta siempre”

The Vatican said that the meeting between the pope and the revolutionary leader of Cuba and former President Fidel Castro was “lively and friendly.”Fidel, after the meeting, thanked Pope Benedict XVI and asked to recommend some books on the issues raised during the meeting.

Pope Benedict XVI and Fidel Castro

Pope Benedict XVI and Fidel Castro

Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican on Thursday after meeting Fidel Castro at the end of a five-day visit to Cuba and Mexico.

The pontiff also blasted the United States trade embargo on Cuba and the lack of freedom in the Communist country before departing.

“No-one should feel excluded from taking up this exciting search by the limitations of their basic freedoms, or excused from this by indolence or a lack of material resources – a situation which is worsened when restrictive economic measures, imposed from outside the country, unfairly burden its people,” Benedict said at Havana airport in the presence of the Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother.

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Il Papa condanna l’embargo su Cuba e saluta l’isola: «Hasta siempre»

Il Vaticano ha detto che l’incontro tra il papa e il leader rivoluzionario di Cuba ed ex presidente Fidel Castro è stato “animato e cordiale”. Fidel, al termine dell’incontro, ha ringraziato e ha chiesto a Papa Benedetto XVI di consigliare alcuni libri di approfondimento sui temi affrontati nel corso dell’incontro.

Storico incontro tra Papa Benedetto XVI e Fidel Castro

Storico incontro tra Papa Benedetto XVI e Fidel Castro

Papa Benedetto XVI è tornato in Vaticano il Giovedi dopo l’incontro, al termine di una visita di cinque giorni a Cuba e in Messico.
Il pontefice ha sollecitato la fine dell’embargo commerciale degli Stati Uniti su Cuba, e condannato la mancanza di libertà nel paese comunista.

“Nessuno deve sentirsi escluso dalla ricerca appassionante delle libertà fondamentali, o esonerato da questa indolenza e mancanza di risorse materiali – una situazione che è peggiorata da quando le misure economiche restrittive imposte dal di fuori del paese, ingiustamente oneri suo popolo “, ha detto Benedetto XVI a L’Avana aeroporto alla presenza del presidente cubano Raul Castro, fratello di Fidel.

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Environment and innovation: The sun lights up Italian schools

The project “The sun at school” was open to students from schools across Italy, to raise awareness of sustainable energy and the use of renewable sources. The project will finance, as it did last year, the installation of photovoltaic systems on school buildings and will therefore work to promote an awareness of new generations in the field of energy saving.

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics

The Ministry of environment is ready to finance 100% of the eligible cost for the photovoltaic system.

These initiatives lead Italy to a position of primacy; photovoltaics in particular,has reached today, significant peaks of diffusion, so as to bring Italy to be one of the leading countries in Europe.

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Ambiente e innovazione: Il sole illumina le scuole italiane

Il progetto “Il sole a scuola“, per diffusione della conoscenza dell’uso sostenibile dell’energia e dell’impiego delle fonti rinnovabili, ha come protagonisti gli studenti delle scuole di tutta Italia. Il progetto finanzierà, come già ha fatto lo scorso anno, l’installazione di impianti fotovoltaici sugli edifici scolastici e punterà quindi a favorire un processo di sensibilizzazione delle nuove generazioni in materia di risparmio energetico.

Pannelli fotovoltaici

Pannelli fotovoltaici

Il Ministero dell’ambiente per questa iniziativa è pronto a finanziare il 100% del costo ammissibile per la realizzazione di un impianto fotovoltaico.

Queste iniziative portano l’Italia ad una posizioni di primato; il fotovoltaico in particolare, ha raggiunto, oggi, picchi di diffusione notevoli, tanto da portare l’Italia a esser uno dei paesi leader in ambito europeo.

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Master hatmaker in Milan: Lorenzo Borghi

In Italy many artisans have become unique in the world thanks to their work, style and passion. This is the case of the master hatmaker Lorenzo Borghi.

In a narrow street hidden in a labyrinth of picturesque alleys behind the Duomo, the landmark cathedral in the centre of Milan. It seems an unlikely location for a modest shop that welcomes clients from all over the world. There is nothing more than a single display window with a handful of striking hats and a small sign to mark the entrance.

Hat with spilla

Hat with spilla

Inside his shop the master hatmaker Lorenzo Borghi has been working for nearly 60 years, creating elegant hats for clients ranging from well-heeled Milanese women to international royalty, including the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II who received one of his hats a decade ago.

Borghi was born into a poor family in wartime Milan in 1940. Desperate for a job, the young man lied about his age to secure a spot in the hat maker’s shop. When the owner learned the truth, Borghi had proven his worth in the atelier. The young Borghi had creative flair and a knack for selecting the right materials. A quick learner, he was also humble enough to keep a close eye on his employer, picking up whatever tricks of the trade he could. He moved past the more traditional styles embraced by his master and began adding details in silk, organza and stiffened lace that exploded in a burst of color.

After more than half a century of hat making, Borghi still believes the creation he loves the most is the hat he “hasn’t made yet”.

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