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Rome mayor says Trevi fountain coins should fund local projects rather than go to Catholic homeless charity

5 monthes ago   |   By National Post

Throw a coin over your shoulder into Rome's Trevi Fountain, the legend says, and it will bring you good fortune and you will one day return to the Eternal City.
It is an essential tradition for millions of tourists. But few will have suspected their loose change would also lead to a row between Rome's secular authorities and the Catholic Church.
The euros 1.5 million of coins scooped out of the stunning Baroque fountain each year are destined for the Catholic charity Caritas to help the city's poor and homeless.
Now Virginia Raggi, Rome's mayor, says the euros 4,000 worth of coins tossed...
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