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Vatileaks: Hunt is on to find Vatican moles

Death threats, gay smear campaigns, tax scandals... the Holy See's unholy war is hitting the headlines – now the hunt is on to find the moles

Pope's butler: 'more arrests may follow'

The Pope's butler has been formally charged with stealing confidential documents, and further arrests may follow, the Vatican has hinted.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'If James Murdoch asked the Pope to pray for his career, it appears not to have worked'

Who knew that, during the Holy Father's 2010 visit to Britain, James Murdoch made a £100,000 donation towards funding the trip, and wasgranted a private audience with the Pope. See this as either a weirdcoincidence or even a Papal miracle, but please do not regard it as anything so vulgar as buying access. That is not, has never been, and never will be the Murdoch family's way.

Pope Benedict XVI sits in Revolution Square on last night

Raul Castro greets Pop Benedict XVI in Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's long-time communist leaders to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire.

The Pope with Tony Blair in Rome in 2007

Blair takes on the Pope by backing gay marriage

The ex-PM, a Catholic convert who introduced same-sex civil unions, intervenes over issue that has split the church

Pope creates 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI is bringing 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor.

Since 1952 the Queen has given royal assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament.

60 facts about the Queen you didn't know

As she celebrates six decades as head of state, i uncovers some curious facts about Her Majesty.

Facelift for John Paul II statue with an unholy likeness to Mussolini

A statue of the late Pope John Paul II, which some critics have claimed resembles the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, is – in true Italian style – about to receive some early cosmetic surgery.

A million pilgrims see beatification of John Paul II

World leaders watch as Pope Benedict XVI brings his Polish predecessor a step closer to sainthood. Peter Popham reports from Rome

Pope John Paul II: Raised amid tragedy, Polish priest inspired a revolution

The precociously brilliant son of an officer in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Karol Wojtyla's early life was blighted by family tragedies, starting with the death of his mother when he was eight. Karol responded to the news with the words, "It was the will of God", but the loss stimulated his intense veneration for the Virgin Mary, one of the themes that came to dominate his papacy.

John Paul II officially beatified in St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

The saint maker takes fast track to canonisation

Pope who turned blind eye to priestly abuse set to be beatified

Pope leads Easter Mass in packed Vatican square

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, packed with about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists and ablaze in the bright colors of spring flowers as the faithful marked the church's most joyous day of the year.

Saint-in-waiting: the miraculous afterlife of John Paul II

Devotees of the late Pope are driving the campaign for his 'fast-track' canonisation. Michael Day reports from Rome

A Day That Shook The World: Pope John Paul II dies

On 2 April 2005, the third-longest serving Pope in history died at the age of 84.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?