Rome city council and Church row over coins from Trevi fountain
A row has damaged out between the mayor of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church over what will have to occur to coins retrieved from the Trevi fountain.
Every 12 months just about €1.5m (£1.3m) is fished out of the well-known landmark. It is historically given to a Catholic charity to lend a hand the destitute.
But now Mayor Virginia Raggi desires the cash spent at the city’s crumbling infrastructure as a substitute.
The Catholic charity Caritas says the lack of source of revenue will hit the deficient.
“We did not foresee this outcome,” Caritas director Father Benoni Ambarus instructed Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ convention. “I still hope it will not be final.”
The newspaper ran a scathing article at the transfer in its Saturday version, headlined “Money taken from the poorest”.
City councillors have authorized the alternate and it’s because of happen in April.
However, many Italians have taken to social media to invite the council to rethink, the Ansa information company reported.
Ms Raggi took keep watch over of Rome in 2016 for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which shaped a countrywide coalition govt ultimate 12 months.
Her reputation has fallen for failing to take on the indebted city’s problems.
In October, hundreds of protesters amassed out of doors city corridor to denounce Ms Raggi for failing to deal with issues together with uncollected garbage and potholed roads.
The Trevi fountain, just about 300 years outdated, is visited by way of hundreds of thousands of visitors once a year.
The custom of throwing coins used to be made well-known by way of Frank Sinatra’s Three Coins within the Fountain within the 1954 romantic comedy of the similar title.
The fountain additionally featured within the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita which noticed actress Anita Ekberg buckle down and do its pristine waters in a strapless get dressed.