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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects another PSG bid for Yohan Cabaye

Transfer news: PSG owner reveals three reasons for signing Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle - including 'he is a nice guy'

Newcastle accepted a bid from the French side understood to be in the region of £20m

Pope John Paul II in 1995

Vial of Pope John Paul II's blood stolen

Relic is considered to be of great religious significance

Chairperson Norwegian Kirsten Sandberg, Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi and Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna. The Vatican was pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests

Catholic sex abuse: UN blasts Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests

The United Nations today lambasted the Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests as investigators in Geneva probe the global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.

Pope Francis addresses ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on January 13, 2014

Pope Francis removes four cardinals in Vatican bank shake-up

Pope Francis continues his shake-up of the Catholic Church after sacking four cardinals from the Vatican Bank commission on Wednesday.

Postcard from... Rome

Postcard from... Rome

’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.

Miralem Pjanic

Transfer news: Roma confirm offers received for Manchester United and Tottenham 'target' Miralem Pjanic

Italian giants Roma claim they have received - and rejected - a number of offers from European clubs for Manchester United and Tottenham target Miralem Pjanic.

Alexis Sanchez

In Brief: Alexis Sanchez hat-trick puts Barcelona back on top; Nine-man Roma’s run ended by Juventus

Sanchez hat-trick puts Barcelona back on top

Alexis Sanchez hit a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Elche 4-0 to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference from Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

According to Damian Draghici, a Romanian senator, the British public should be more concerned about bankers than Roma beggars

Bankers of more concern than our beggars, says senior Roma advisor

The UK public should be more concerned about bankers who steal billions than Roma beggars, an adviser to the Romanian prime minster has said.

Transfer news: David Moyes considering move for Mehdi Benatia to strengthen Manchester United defence

Roma centre-half could be drafted in this January

Watford's Vicarage Road stadium

FA pledge support to Watford after youth team abandoned a match in Italy due to alleged racial abuse

The Watford youth team were taking part in the Wojtyka Cup in Rome on Wednesday when they were taken off by coach Dave Hughes

Watford's Vicarage Road stadium

Kick It Out launches investigation into Watford youth match after alleged racial abuse during under-19 tournament in Italy

Dave Hughes instructed his side to leave the pitch during the Wojtyla Cup game against Latina Calcio in Rome

No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the Apostle Peter

Are they relics of St Peter? The Vatican says it doesn’t matter

Bones discovered under basilica in 1939 exhibited in public for first time

Miralem Pjanic

Transfer news: Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic plays down talk of switch to Premier League

The Bosnia Herzegovina international has helped the Rome club to the top of Serie A

St Peter's bones are believed to have been found in the fourth century

Vatican to display relics that it believes are the bones of St Peter

Relics believed to be the bones of St Peter are to be put on public display for the first time.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness