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Pope Francis baptises a newborn during a solemn mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican January 11, 2015

Pope Francis tells mothers to feel free to breastfeed their children during Sistine Chapel baptism

Pontiff baptised 33 infants, saying: 'You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry'

Milan is struggling to keep out organised crime while it hosts the expo

Expo World Fair 2015: Italy's bid for a Mafia-free event already looks doomed

Milan, the host city, is struggling to keep out organised crime, lured by the scent of money

Britain is the world’s number one market for Prosecco

Prosecco on tap? Assolutamente no! Italian producers in dismay over British pubs serving their fizz like warm beer

Italian politicians call for massive EU fines 'to help the consumer'

Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli are aid workers

Al-Qaeda affiliate terror group's video raises fears for Italian hostages

A short video of the two women appeared on YouTube on Wednesday

Berlusconi with his girlfriend, Francesca Pascale; they have not been seen together publicly recently

Silvio Berlusconi's romance with 28-year-old member of his fan club reportedly hits trouble

Speculation that the former premier was ready to settle down and adopt a less prominent role in public life following a series of humiliations seem wide of the mark

Postcard from... Rome

No matter where, or on whom, investigators finally pin the blame for the Norman Atlantic ferry tragedy, we know that at least one person did the decent thing – the skipper.

Pope Francis giving the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica

Postcard from... The Vatican

Just days after reading the Vatican’s spoilt and decadent bureaucrats the riot act, Pope Francis has switched his attention further afield and is turning his fire on the Catholic priests who bore – or even repel – the flock with turgid sermons.

A Carabiniere policeman shows sized weaponry in Pescara, Italy

Italian police arrest 14 people to foil far-right terror plot

Italy's PM was among a number of public figures on the group's hit list

Postcard from... Venice

Not content with pinching our sunbeds in Magaluf and seizing hold of Europe’s export market, Germans have gone a step further by making off with one of Venice’s gondolas. The teutonic miscreants took the vessel last Friday night before being nabbed near a canal in the early hours by local police.

A gondola is pictured at sunset on the Grand Canal in Venice. File photo

Gondola in 60 seconds: Venice boat stolen by German tourists

It is the latest in a series of examples of tourists behaving badly in the city

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