Papal economics: for richer or for poorer?

Apologies to readers for another period of absence, again due to ill health. The news is good, and this should be the last for the foreseeable future, I am told (although I can always be run over by a Roman bus). The Italian Health Service, I am pleased to say, remains in robust health, and has done an excellent job on me.

Local news in the meantime has been the consistent popular chuckling that whilst Italy is supposed to be the European centre of corruption, the diesel emissions scandal stems from Germany and the head of FIFA is Swiss! First they copy the food….