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Pope Francis agreed to use the Popemobile in April in Rome

Francis accepts risk of giving up Popemobile to get closer to faithful

Pope Francis, famous for his populist touch, has also demonstrated a fatalist streak in eschewing use of the bullet-proof Popemobile, designed to protect him from attacks of the type that almost killed Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis' new financial watchdog board includes a woman for the first time

Pope Francis sacks entire board of Vatican's financial watchdog

Experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace all-Italian group

The Moses flood barrier is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in October 2008

Venice's Moses flood barrier inundated by fraud claims

Investigators say they have traced some €20m in kickbacks from contractors for the project that is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in 2008

Postcard from... Carloforte

At the end of May, as shoals of mighty bluefin tuna sweep past the Isola di San Pietro off the south-west coast of Sardinia, fisherman are waiting, ready to haul the animals out of the deep as the Phoenicians did 3,000 years ago.

Pompeii faces doom (again): Can a massive EU bail-out save the ancient city from neglect, rain and Mafia meddling?

It is claimed that the writing is on the wall for the world's most celebrated archaeological site, with mismanagement and underfunding speeding its second oblivion

Mobster Antonio Iovine (centre) is now spilling the secrets of the brutal mafia group

Antonio Iovine: Mobster turned informant sends shockwaves through Naples' crime families

The decision by one of the Camorra’s most senior figures to turn informant has sent shockwaves through the Naples crime syndicate.

Berlusconi with gun in background

Silvio Berlusconi's links with Italian organised crime confirmed

Former Prime Minister’s involvement with Sicilian mafia is proven as his middle-man to Cosa Nostra arrested

The former Italian Prime Minister arrives at Sacra Famiglia hopice in Milan to start his community service

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi begins his community service at Milan hospice

The three-time premier's four-year prison sentence for tax evasion was commuted to nine months community service, entailing just one four-hour session per week

The report condemned the Church’s “code of silence” on paedophile priests, which it said was allowing known sex offenders to continue working with children

Postcard from... Rome

The Eternal City is bracing itself. Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican agency for pilgrims, says “this is an event that Rome has never seen in its history – the canonisation of two popes in the  presence of two living popes”.

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