News del Giorno: Army Enters Weed Biz, Cathedral Bathroom Fracas

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Joining the international movement for therapeutic use of cannabis, the Italian government will harvest its own marijuana plantation. Who will cultivate it? None other than the army. [La Stampa]

The location of a bathroom inside a non-Eucharist celebrating altar in Palermo’s landmark cathedral has infuriated and confounded tourists. The parish priest’s response: “I am sorry about the complaints of the faithful, but we prefer to provide a service rather than not provide it.” [Ansa

 

After debate as to whether Federica Mogherini has the chops to handle her new post, the Italian foreign minister’s tenure as the incoming European Union foreign policy chief is off to a favorable start. [Wall Street Journal]

Last night in Venice, Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, and Khaled Soliman al-Nassiry’s immigration film Io Sto con La Sposa (I Am With the Bride) received a record-setting 17-minute round of applause following its debut. The filmmakers risk a 15-year jail sentence for aiding illegal immigration. [Huffington Post Italia]

Italy defeated the Netherlands last night 2–0 during a friendly match played in Bari under the tutelage of new national team coach Antonio Conte, who recently replaced Cesare Prandelli after Italy’s first-round elimination from the World Cup. [La Gazzetta dello Sport