Michael Day

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Postcard from... Rome

It has all the ingredients for an Italian story – ice cream, a pretty woman, a Berlusconi-owned magazine and political scandal.

A post mortem exam of Stefano Cucchi revealed internal injuries, a broken spine and dehydration

An agonising death in custody that shames Italy

Rome's chief prosecutor, Giuseppe Pignatone, met the dead man’s family

Postcard from... Rome

To add to the list of church initiatives that have sunk without trace comes a plan by Catholic priests to turn Halloween into “Holyween” in order to stop young people being lured by the occult.

A scene from Franco Zeffirelli's production of 'Aida' at Milan's famed La Scala opera house

Franco Zeffirelli takes on La Scala: Legendary opera director in battle with theatre over sale of one of his 'greatest' productions to Kazakhstan

The prickly, 91-year-old claims the ploy by the Milan opera house was part of a plan by the institution’s managers to airbrush him from Italian opera history

Giorgio Napolitano was Speaker of Italy’s parliament at the time of the Mafia violence

Prosecutors grill Italian President Giorgio Napolitano over alleged Mafia-state talks held in the early 1990s

The head of state - who was parliamentary Speaker at the time - tells special hearing 'he had never known of any deals' aimed at halting Cosa Nostra's deadly 1992-93 bombing campaign

Postcard from... Rome

Pope Francis has sent a Vatican emissary to clean up the diocese of Albenga in Liguria, where tales of tattooed priests working as barmen and padres posing shirtless with their gay lovers on websites are said to have shocked some of the locals.

Another version of the subject by Caravaggio

Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified

Several copies of Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy are thought to exist

The faithful gather at a papal Mass for the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI at the Vatican

Church should not fear change, says Pope after synod backlash against softening of stance towards homosexuality

For a synod on family issues that started so positively, the end came amid division over the issues of homosexuality and divorce – with Pope Francis stating that the Catholic Church should not be afraid of change.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Sex and drugs and cigarettes trigger Italy’s economic revival

The country has narrowly escaped a third recession in six years

Postcard from... Milan

Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time Italian Prime Minister, seemingly took on board the feelings of his fiancée, Francesca Pascale, who is part of the LGBT advocacy group Arcigay, by inviting a gay rights campaigner and former Communist MP, Vladimir Luxuria, to his mansion for dinner on Monday night.

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