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Pope wants to visit crisis-stricken Taranto

Southern Italian city suffering from IVLA steelworks drama

19 December, 19:26
Pope wants to visit crisis-stricken Taranto (ANSA) - Taranto, December 19 - Pope Francis wishes to visit the southern Italian city of Taranto, plagued by environmental and labor disasters caused at the troubled ILVA steelworks, Taranto Archbishop Filippo Santoro said after a private audience with the pontiff Thursday. The ILVA steel plant has been at the centre of a long-running judicial and political drama as courts have moved to force the company to make expensive environmental upgrades to the plant, accused of polluting the area and creating health problems for more than a decade.

Meanwhile hundreds of jobs have been put at risk in an area suffering the brunt of Italy's worst postwar recession.