In the last few hours an image circulates on chat and social networks. But it was taken in Singonella on 24 January as part of a series of initiatives to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Blessed Virgin Lauretana as patroness of the Air Force and aviators. No pilgrimage to Italian skies
NO pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Loreto over the skies of Italy cut by the coronavirus emergency. The photograph that has been circulating on chat and social networks in the last few hours, and which precisely portrays the statue inside an Air Force P72A, is true but old: it was in fact taken a few weeks ago at the Sigonella base in Sicily. So it has nothing to do with the epidemic. On the contrary, that pilgrimage, which began on December 8 last year to celebrate the Lauretan Jubilee, that is, the hundredth anniversary of the proclamation – which took place on March 24, 1920 – of the Blessed Virgin as universal patroness of the Air Force and of all aviators, was blocked now weeks ago. Air Force Colonel Stefano Cosci confirmed this in the magazine of the Santuario Lauretano. The planned itinerary in fact included a series of stops at Italian military bases throughout the year, until December 2020. The Lauretan Jubilee year will end on December 10 with the closure of the Holy Door of the Marches sanctuary of the Santa Casa .
Moreover, the World Health Organization has already spoken for some time of “infodemic”, that is, the uncontrolled spread of news, totally or partially invented, about the coronavirus and all the aspects concerning the world pandemic. Despite the efforts of the main messaging platforms and social networks, they continue to circulate in every color: starting from what the whole country would have wanted in conditions of “Bsl-4 bio-containment” since mid-April, which was strongly denied by the head of the department Angelo Borrelli already two days ago during his daily point with the press. It was a completely invented statement in which it was read that from April 15, if the epidemic had not been contained, biocontainment would have been declared with “extremely stringent protocols” as total closure of all the stores and supplies of a single member by family at military checkpoints. All for 21 days. Something like this had already circulated around March 10th. And more: the usual videos of the assaults on supermarkets, the false promotions of 200 euros for products in exchange for a survey, the dolphins among the canals of Venice (it was Sardinia, who knows when) or the elephants invading villages in China, getting drunk. Many are reported, with precise links of denial, even on a newly launched platform, and managed by volunteers and activists, called Covid19italia.help. In addition to the list of fake news, the platform allows anyone to upload reports on fundraisers, requests for help and institutional sources.
Spreading false news, perhaps based as in the case of the statue of the Madonna of Loreto on true but completely contextualized content, generates profound and dangerous consequences. So much so that many countries in the world are mobilizing. Often without going too far. From South Africa, where the executive has established up to 6 months in prison for those who spread them, to the United Arab Emirates – expulsion and 5 years in prison – to Morocco, which has already made some arrests.