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Vatican Condemns Controversial Benetton Ad

17 Nov


Italian fashion company The United Colors of Benetton is no stranger to controversial ad campaigns, but the chain’s latest may have pushed the envelope too far. The ad campaign, called “Unhate” by Benetton, features world leaders kissing each other in an act of tolerance.

Members of the Vatican, however, claim the ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI and Ahmed el Tayyeb, the imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, goes way too far. The church will take legal action to prevent the distribution of the image through mass media channels throughout the world.

A Vatican spokesman said the image was insulting “not only to the dignity of the Pope but also to the sensibilities of the faithful.” Benetton had already vowed to suspend distribution of the image prior to the church’s announcement. “We are sorry that the use of an image of the pontiff and the imam should have offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,” the company said in a statement. They claimed the advertisement was designed “exclusively to fight the culture of hate in every form.”

Earlier in the day, a large banner of the image appeared close to the Vatican in Rome. It was promptly removed.

In Italia!

4 Jul

After what will surely go down as one of the more epic voyages of my life, I arrived safely in Italy with 10 new kids on the Experiment in International Living. We’re now close to entering the second week of the program (time flies) and the group has safely arrived in Treviso for our homestay. We’re here until July 16, after which we’ll journey to Bologna, Parma, Modena, Venice and finally Riccione.

Among the highlights of those upcoming travels: a four-day course on how to make artisanal gelato, a visit to a Parmasean cheese farm, learning how prosciutto is made and a tasting of the world-famous balsamic vinegar made in Modena. Should be lots of fun.

I’ll fill everyone in on the adventure getting over here at a later date, but I’m happy to say that I should have regular internet access for the next couple of weeks.

On the negative side, I have discovered that All’Italia is probably the worst airline ever. When we flew from New York, we connected in Paris but my bag didn’t make the trip. It’s now literally a week later and the bag still has not arrived. Supposedly it is in Rome and should be on one of the next flights up here. Not sure I believe that though. The setback is mostly annoying, but getting really aggravating now. Am I entitled to money for this? Please offer your suggestions below.

Will update more in the coming days. A presto! Ciao!

Back to Italy!

22 Jun

I wanted to drop everyone a quick note that I will be AFK (away from keyboard—just learned that one) for the next five weeks or so. I’ll be leading another trip of high schoolers to Italy, and will be leaving later today for training in Brattleboro, Vermont.  The company I’ll be working for is called the Experiment in International Living and they are fantastic.

This summer my trip will take the kids on an exploration of gelato— how it’s made, its history, its cultural importance, etc. We’ll begin as we did last summer in Rome and then head up to Treviso for the homestay (Treviso is quite close to Venice). From there, we’ll go to Bologna and Parma for some culinary instruction, then take a week of gelato-making courses in a city called Riccione.

I have ten kids this year (two fewer than last year) and they come from different parts of the country. I’m really excited to meet them and see where the adventure takes us.

I am particularly excited to tell you this on “Not Intent on Arriving” because today is also the one-year anniversary of this blog and chronicling last summer’s trip was the original reason for creating it. Every time I look at the title, I think of the philosophy embodied in those words and I believe them more and more. Life is a journey, but without a destination. If you live your life that way, you’ll see unexpected, incredible sites and be happier for it.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me, in all endeavors. Your support truly means a lot. If possible, I’ll try and drop an occasional line from Italy.