Rome August 21
(ANSA) - Rome August 21 - Italian Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana slammed audiences at an annual conference organized by an influential lay religious body for allegedly applauding certain speakers simply because the powerful figures were paying homage to the movement with their presence, and not for the messages they were conveying. The top-selling weekly made the strong statements on audience reaction at the annual meeting of the Catholic movement Comunione e Liberazione held in the north-eastern coastal town of Rimini each August in an editorial after Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was applauded. "All past Meeting attendees, at each annual event, have always been welcomed in this way," Famiglia Cristiana said in its editorial. "Little does it matter if the nation is on the brink of a precipice: it would appear the point is to keep on dancing, but only because the powerful figure is there, paying homage to the people of Comunione and Liberazione." The magazine went on to cite concrete examples, including the ways in which former prime ministers and central and local government officials such as Francesco Cossiga, Giulio Andreotti, Silvio Berlusconi and Bettino Craxi were welcomed.