Bishop furious over scantily-clad women

A Bishop is up in arms after a group of women in skimpy outfits paraded behind a Cathedral in Abruzzo.

Bishop furious over scantily-clad women
RAI has dropped coverage of Miss Italia. Photo: Eleonora Gianinetto/Flickr

Bishop Michele Seccia is planning to write a stern letter to Maurizio Brucchi, the mayor of Teramo, asking for greater respect to be shown towards the Cathedral after a beauty parade was held in Martiri square to celebrate the election of Miss Abruzzo.

The image of women parading on a catwalk in skimpy outfits and bikinis was “at odds with a place of worship”, according to a report in Il Messagero.

Giulia Belmonte, an 18-year-old student, was crowned Miss Abruzzo 2013 last Friday and will now compete in the finals for Miss Italia in September.

The outcry in Teramo comes after Italy’s state broadcaster RAI sparked controversy in July by declaring it would drop coverage of the Miss Italia beauty contest.

RAI’s president, Anna Maria Tarantola, wanted the long-running show, which launched the career of several actresses including Sophia Loren, axed because she felt it set a “negative example.”

Critics said the image of women parading in front of a jury, with cameras zooming in on their legs and breasts, belonged to a bygone era. 

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Deer gets lost, wanders into Italian bakery

A deer walks into a bakery... It might sound like the start of a bad joke, but it happened in Italy on Thursday morning and here's the video to prove it.

Deer gets lost, wanders into Italian bakery
A young deer (not this one) got lost in a bakery in central Italy. Photo: Arno Burgi/DPA/AFP

The young fawn was filmed standing behind the counter of a bread shop in Ortona, a small town in the central Abruzzo region.

The clip, shared by local animal welfare officer Antonella Di Mascio, shows the animal looking a little bewildered among the fresh loaves. 

The deer is thought to have wandered out of nearby woodland and got lost. 

After one of the bakery staff alerted the authorities, it was checked by a vet who said the deer was in good health – just a little frightened by finding itself surrounded by so many people, after a small crowd formed to see it.

The deer has since been safely returned to the wild by forest rangers.

Urban encounters with wildlife are increasingly frequent, according to Italy's nature authorities, who say it's common at this time of year to spot fawns who appear to be on their own. If you see one it's best to keep your distance, in case the mother is nearby and might be scared off by seeing humans approach her fawn; call a vet or the forest rangers instead.

Not that people in Abruzzo need advice on living in close proximity with wild animals. In the nearby mountain town of Civitella Messer Raimondo, locals say they have made “friends” with a lone wolf who roams their streets at night, eating the occasional unlucky cat.

The rugged region is also home to bears, boar, foxes and other wild creatures who don't always stay within the bounds of its extensive national parks.

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