What Is Italy’s New Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni? Dangerous Fascist, Social Savior, or Neither?

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Italy has elected a new Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, of the conservative Brothers of Italy party. Meloni is a professing Catholic and will become Italy’s first female Prime Minister.

In a victory speech, Meloni stated, “From the Italians has arrived a clear indication for the center-right to guide Italy.”

Depending on where you’ve heard of her, Meloni has been painted either as a social savior or a dangerous fascist.

International Media Ministries (IMM) is a Gospel video producer based in Europe. Regarding Meloni’s election, Denise Godwin with IMM says, “There’s a lot of, if you will, negativity about her — if you do see any news at all because there’s so many other things that are dramatic in the news. They’re calling her pretty extremist.”

However, Godwin cautions against simply taking media commentary at face value, no matter who it relates to. “That old journalist in me says, ‘Well, I need to go hear this person’s own words and make sure that we’re hearing truth.’ We all bring a filter to every situation and so it’s easy to accept a filter that’s given to you in different forms of media.”

Most media coverage focuses on Meloni’s speeches on family values, national identity, and society — such as her 2019 speech at the World Congress of Families gathering, or the National Conservatism Conference in 2020. Meloni’s 2019 speech, in particular, has gone viral after it was temporarily removed from YouTube.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Giorgia Meloni to practice wisdom, justice, and godliness as she becomes Italy’s next Prime Minister.
  • Pray for Italians to put their hope, not in politicians or platforms, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ.