SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Italian-Americans looking to gain dual citizenship got to learn about the process to do that at the Mt. Carmel Society in Springfield.
Comitas is the Committee for Italians Abroad. Among many things, they help to promote cultural exchange and the Italian language.
Sunday night, they shook hands with other Italian Americans, many from Springfield’s South End. They talked about ways to be a citizen in both the United States and Italy, and what benefits like pensions may still be available to them oversees.
Dr. Rocco Mesiti, an organizer for Comitas, told 22News, “There are many Italians who became American citizens and lost their citizenship and they want to reclaim their citizenship. There’s a process and we’re trying to help people understand how they can become Italian citizens again.”
Many Italian-Americans are eligible to vote in the Comitas elections in December. Comitas will meet monthly to bring the concerns of Italian Americans to the Italian consulate in Boston.
Comitas was founded in 1985. October is Italian Heritage month.