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The hand-embroided Papal gowns

Vatican chic today: Out with the ermine, in with the nylon as clergy copy the Pope's simplicity

Rome's clerical outfitters report downturn in business

Postcard from... Rome

Coming after a shotgun wedding, the union of Françesco Saverio Lorenzin and Maria Carmela Messina has endured remarkable well. On 8 December 1926, at the age of 18, Mr Lorenzin, a junior army official, took a pregnant Ms Messina, 16, as his wife. The first baby arrived a few months after the wedding. Four more children followed, the youngest of whom, Maria Françesca, is now 60 years old.

Protesters clash with police outside La Scala on Sunday night

Class war in Milan as riot police called in to deal with left-wing activists outside La Scala opera house

La Scala, an exclusive social club for Milan’s aristocracy and captains of industry, has always invited the opprobrium of left-wing activists

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
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