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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.

Daniela Poggiali

Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali is accused of killing 'up to 38 patients because she found them annoying'

The 42-year-old is being held on an alleged murder charge after one suspicious hospital death and police are investigating more

Italian gay rights supporters outside the Colosseum during a protest in 2009 against an increasing number of homophobic attacks

Vatican says homosexuals 'have gifts to offer' in historic turnaround

Cardinal raises the prospect of the Catholic Church recognising the positive aspects of same-sex relationships

People march during the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade in Turin

Italy's city mayors go to the barricades to defend same-sex marriages performed abroad

The country is the last major Western nation not to allow even civil partnerships for gays and lesbians

Postcard from... Rome

Italy’s institutions, the butt of a thousand local jokes, appear more determined than ever to fare figuracce – make potential fools of themselves…

Swiss guards stand in the Sistine Chapel, which is to be lit, and protected, by 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

7,000 will be placed around the chapel to bathe it in stronger – but also gentler – light

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive for a civil ceremony to make their marriage official in Italy

George Clooney and his bride unfazed by the angry protesters in Venice

Council workers sent an open letter to the Hollywood star asking him to support their cause

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Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
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