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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.

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…

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