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Italian Americans are trying to save Our Lady of Loreto Church in Brooklyn.  The Church, founded by Italian immigrants in the late 1800’s, was recently denied landmark status.  Dr. Marilyn Verna and Mario

Our Lady of Loreto Church

Toglia will discuss the growing concern of losing such a precious historical site.  The history and beauty of this particular National Italian Catholic church from its rise to becoming a focal point in the community to its decline after 100 years will be discussed a the Italian American Museum in Little Italy on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm.   The building’s significanceto the American cultural landscape will be explored and what a small group of preservationist are doing to save the site from demolition and bring it back into the 21st century. Read New York Times article Sign petition to save the Church.

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Gianfranco Fini, the President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies was in Washington this week on an official visit.  On Wednesday Fini met with Vice President Joe Biden.  The two discussed the need for strong international cooperation to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability and ways to deepen cooperation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.  After their meeting they affirmed the strong friendship and cooperation between the United States and Italy. 

 On Wednesday evening, Fini attended a reception at the Library of Congress hosted by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi where Fini presented a rare volume of Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano, as a gift to Congress. Late in the evening, Fini attended a dinner hosted by Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi.

On Thursday, Fini returned to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Speaker Pelosi and bipartisan congressional leaders. Speaker Pelosi spoke about her friendship with Fini and about the ” 20 million bonds of Americans of Italian-American descent, who take great pride in their heritage as they love America very much.  Everyone who came here has made America more American and stronger.” In his remarks, Fini praised Pelosi and made the following comments:  

The very fact that a woman — in whose veins there runs blood of Italian ancestors and that this woman is now the Speaker of the U.S. House of Congress — shows how ancient, how strong the bonds between our two peoples are. And on this great American continent, I think that this great American continent has taught us and is teaching us something very important. And this is a lesson for the entire world — concerning such issues as immigration, respect for human rights — of people who have traveled far, far away from their homes in order to find work and find a better future — they’ve got to integrate and respect them. And this is shown in an exemplary way by someone who has reached the highest levels in administration, the highest echelons in administration as Speaker Pelosi has done. But our relationship does not only build upon our past traditions. It has to be nourished every day. Nourished by a shared commitment — a commitment in a number of international scenarios. To defend the fundamental rights that are the shared heritage of the West of the whole: the rights of the human person. And wherever these rights are being trampled upon, there, the U.S. and Italy have to work side-by-side.

To read Pelosi’s comments and more visit  CiaoAmerica!

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