Italy to fund jubilee-year celebrations
December 21, 1996
Web posted at: 4:15 p.m. EST (2115 GMT)
ROME (CNN) -- Italy's center-left government on Saturday won
its fifth legislative confidence vote this week, when the
Italian Senate swept aside amendments blocking passage of a
bill providing $2.3 million for millennium celebrations in
Rome and the Vatican are expecting an estimated 20 million
people in the year 2000, proclaimed a holy year, or jubilee,
by Pope John Paul II.
The opposition Northern League party objected to giving Rome
special state funds for the celebrations. Italy's lower house
passed the bill on Friday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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