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6 September 1999

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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6 September 1999 - Il Messaggero

Mission accoplished - The Holy Seat receives Ari's delegation and promise a parish priest. The Pope welcomes the community on their visit at Castel Gandolfo / Missione compiuta: i funzionari della Santa Sede ricevono la delegazione e promettono la guida spirituale - Un prete per Ari, sì dal Vaticano - All'Angelus il Papa saluta la comunità in pellegrinaggio a Castel Gandolfo - by Gabriele Di Giuseppe
The Vatican has officially promised a parish priest. The pilgrimage had a bad start when the three buses, that had left Ari at 5, were stopped by Rome police who forbade the pilgrims to take off their shoes and put a barbed wire crown on their heads, and offered them instead a meeting with Vatican authorities. Exactly what they had hoped for. For seven years now Ari has been waiting for a parish priest, but this is a scanty "merchandise" now: too few Italians choose the hardships of a religious life.

6 September 1999 - Il Messaggero

Pacentro. Saccoccia wins the mythical Gipsy run / Saccoccia vince la mitica Corsa degli zingari - by Antonio Mancini
Massimo Saccoccia, second last year, is the winner of the 1999 edition; prize: a suit and some money. This ancient and difficult run is a passage rite to adulthood, where young men (and women) show their endurance to pain. Zingaro originally meant barefoot: the race begins from the top of Colle Ardinghi, in front of the town but on the other bank of the Vella river; the runners race down the mountain barefoot then cross the stream and climb through the medieval alleys, until they finally lie down before the altar to the Virgin.

6 September 1999 - Il Messaggero

«Ibrido», a 2-engine (methane and elecricity) bus, developed at the Engineering faculty in L'Aquila, will change public transport in the next millennium - Fiat is interested too / «Ibrido» (due motori: uno a metano e l'altro ad elettricità) è destinato a rivoluzionare il servizio di trasporto pubblico Aquilano il bus del Terzo millennio - Anche la Fiat interessata al prototipo della facoltà di Ingegneria - by Alessio Anzuini
With European funds the University of L'Aquila has developed the prototype of the first clean bus with the same speed and power as present vehicles: a traditional thermal engine fuelled by methane and a generator which is always recharged when not operating, and an electronic "intelligent" control which will shift engines as necessary, thanks to pre-stored routes and emission level controls. The inauguration in 2001 on the L'Aquila-Roio line.

6 September 1999 - Il Centro

3000 people at the re-enactment of the miracle in Spoltore / Alla rievocazione del miracolo della Madonna - by Gabriella Di Lorito
As every year, the ancient story is re-enacted by characters in costume. 400 years ago, says the tradition, the Virgin mary saved the town from the saracens, appearing to them and asking in the name of Abraham to withdraw. However they continued, but when the Moorish commander Alì Pascia, reached piazza della Porta saw the population in prayer before a statue of the virgin Mary, and he recognized the woman whom he had met before. Impressed, he decided to withdraw and Spoltore was saved.