As Pope Francis declares a Jubilee Year in Rome, Italy and its capital continues to be shamed by corruption scandals and chaos in its public services. A prominent Cardinal helps himself to huge amounts obtained from charity for his personal use, and the government saves bad banks, cheating thousands of investors who lost all their life savings totalling 2.600.000.000 Euro.
This situation has its roots in the immensely degraded political and religious culture of the leaderships.
The Capital has been revealed to host an autonomous underworld more extensive, organised and powerful than anyone knew. Rome is the real money-laundering centre for the money earned from drug trafficking, arms, extortion, illegal money lending and prostitution. Another new, quasi-mafia group named the Mafia Capitale, consisted of crooked businessmen, politicians and officials, all led by former far-right terrorist Massimo Carminati, has been active in the capital, skimming hundreds of millions of euro off everything from road maintenance to migrant accommodation centres.