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A pro-abortion demonstration in 2008

Vatican influence over Italy's health system is restricting abortions, doctors warn

The Catholic Church is encouraging hospitals to hire anti-choice gynaecologists and obstetricians

Vatican closes the book on financial practices 'from Middle Ages'

Revelations that hundreds of millions of euros have been found 'tucked away' in accounts of various departments of the Holy See

Colonel Daniel Rudolf Anrig at a 2010 ceremony in honour of 147 men who died defending the Pope in 1527

Sacking of Rome: Pope removes head of Vatican's Swiss Guards for being too strict

The Pontiff was shocked recently to find the same guard had been on duty outside his private rooms all night

Massimo Carminati is arrested in Rome. Carminati, an alleged far-right domestic terrorist in the 1970s, was arrested along with other 36 people in a sweeping probe of ties between gangsters based in the Italian capital and allegedly corrupt city politicians

New Mafia group sweeps across Rome sucking hundreds of millions of euros out of Italy's near-bankrupt capital

Citizens stunned by levels of corruption allegedly involving the collusion of police and secret services

Christie's auction house in New York

Mother Goddess auction: Christie’s halts sale of 'stolen' $1m Bronze Age pagan icon after Sardinia campaigns for its return

Italian police intervene as politician demands an end to the 'robbery of the heritage and civilisation of Sardinia'

Francesco Schettino faces up to 20 years in jail for manslaughter

Costa Concordia trial: Francesco Schettino in court accused of multiple manslaughter

32 people died in the accident off the Italian coast

Antonio Pelle, centre, during his arrest for his part in the Duisburg massacre

Italy's mob warning: Slack EU laws allow a new breed of criminal to threaten member states

Other European countries have not learnt from the Italian experience of fighting organised crime
The €300 note does not exist

Napoli Group members arrested over a fake €300 note and a paper trail leading to the Italian underworld

Police say the notorious counterfeiting crime group has dumped half a billion fake euros on the continent in the past 15 years

Postcard from... Cermenate

Even the most resourceful PR agent would have their work cut out improving the profile of ‘ndrangheta, the fearsome mafia group that runs half of Europe’s cocaine trade.

Cardinal Paolo Romeo drew criticism for discriminating against the son for the father’s sins

Catholic bishop takes stand against Mafia by refusing to confirm mob boss' son

Murdered priest Padre Pino Puglisi is buried in Palermo cathedral where boy was set to be confirmed

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