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16 March 2000

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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16 March 2000 - Il Messaggero

Civitella Roveto - The funeral is ready but he is not - Arriva il prete, ma lui è vivo e vegeto, by Jole Mariani
P.M., 83, opens the door and there he finds the sad parish priest ready to bless his corpse and say prayers. Notices on the village walls announced his death, but the misunderstanding was soon revealed. Another man, with his same age and name, had died.

16 March 2000 - Il Messaggero

Montesilvano - Unglorious destination of celebrated Lannutti palace / La fine ingloriosa di Palazzo Lannutti, by Piergiorgio Orsini
17th century Baroque Palazzo Lannutti, Montesilvano Colle, was bought by mayor don Raffaele Ranalli in 1831. After the death in the early 1900 of the last descendant of the family, Olimpia Lannutti, his final owner has now decided to make it a pub.

16 March 2000 - Il Messaggero

Pianella - Artist Di Lorito's secrets / I segreti di Di Lorito, by Alessia Camplone
Auden Di Lorito blends craftmanship and art in his unique rosewindows, real embroderies carved in wood. From this afternoon an exhibition of his works at the university D'Annunzio, Pescara. A carpenter with his father since 18 years old, then a long illness and forced retirement, to finally find his true vocation in this very special art.

16 March 2000 - Il Messaggero

The oldest Cardinal is from L'Aquila / È un aquilano il cardinale più anziano, by Federica Farda
Corrado Bafile, born in L'Aquila in 1903 is now the senior cardinal in Vatican after the death of 98-year-old Chinese Ignatius Gong Pin Mei. In retirement now, he spends his days reading and every morning still celebrates mass. He remembers when he attended elementary and grammar school in the Liceo "Cotugno". Then a Law degree and apprenticeship with a brother, whose untimely death led to his vocation in 1936.

16 March 2000 - Il Centro

Francavilla - Farewell to mastro Roberto / E' morto "mastro Roberto" l'ultimo dei balneatori storici
Roberto Di Crescenzo, 91, died yesterday. In the Thirties he was one of the leading seaside resort enterpreneurs, looking after a flourishing bathing facility with wooden bridge and palafict cabins. Always smiling and friendly, he will be an unforgettable figure in Francavilla's history.

16 March 2000 - Il Centro

Spoltore - On national TV the former karate champion turned friar / Ieri su Raidue l'ex campione di arti marziali che ha preso i voti
Aurelio D'Intino, 28 year old, left martial arts to become a passionist padre. He started karate at 13, and finally rose to 4th position in the national championship. Last 4 march he took holy orders and entered the convent of Morrovalle.

16 March 2000 - Il Centro

Popoli - Still polemics on the etymology / Polemica sul nome della città
The newly published guide accepts the etymology proposed by Noemi Belcastro, from Repubblica Populusque Valvensis founded by the Christians of Corfinium after defeating the pagans of Sulmona in 374 AD. Other ethymologies connected the name to the poplars ("populi" in Latin) along the river or to the name of "Castrum Pauperi".