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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.

Murdered priest to be beatified by Roman Catholic Church

Pope Benedict put a popular Sicilian priest who was killed by the Mafia in 1993 on the fast track toward sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church yesterday.

Mario Balotelli has fun with a corner flag during a break from training in Krakow

Mario Balotelli must 'grow up' as Italy fearful of red card against England

De Rossi worries that England will target maverick striker in high-pressure game

Vatican blames media for scandals

The Vatican has blamed the media for fuelling the scandal over leaked documents and insisted there were no power struggles or problems of unity in the Holy See's governance.

The Twelve Caesars, By Matthew Dennison

Rome's first dozen emperors covered the spectrum of humanity. A vigorous new history restores them to life.

Usain Bolt pats Asafa Powell on the head after edging him out in the 100m in Oslo last night

Usain Bolt wins again as Jessica Ennis misfires

Usain Bolt did not get off to the best of starts in the 100m at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting in Oslo last night but at least he got off to a legal one – unlike Jessica Ennis, who was disqualified for a false start in the 100m hurdles final, and Mark Lewis-Francis, who suffered the same fate in the same race as the world's fastest man.

Pope's butler quizzed by police over leaks

The Pope's butler was formally questioned today in the investigation into the leaks of the pontiff's papers, a scandal that represents one of the gravest security breaches in recent Vatican history.

A million attend Pope's open-air Milan Mass

Pope Benedict XVI has celebrated an open-air Mass for a million followers, capping three days of activities in Milan, Italy, aimed at showing support for the family.

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.

Vatican bank president in laundering probe is sacked

The president of the Vatican bank was ousted yesterday after receiving a unanimous vote of no-confidence from bank overseers for having leaked documents and failed to do his job at a critical time in the Holy See's efforts to show financial transparency.

Deals of the week: Lille; New Forest; Med cruise

Less than £200: Cresta Holidays has a three-night break in the French city of Lille for £155pp. The package on offer includes travel on Eurostar from London St Pancras on 30 July and B&B accommodation at the simple but central Comfort Hotel Opera (crestaholidays.co.uk).

Vatican denounces 'criminal' leaks

The Vatican has denounced as “criminal” a new book of leaked internal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the Holy See and the thinking of its embattled top banker, and warned that it would take legal action against those responsible.

Murder suspect arrested in Italy

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a crane driver's body was found in his burnt out car.

Vatican investigates Legion of Christ priests for sex abuse

The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned.

Valerie Trierweiler insists she will continue to work

A question of protocol for France's new First Lady Valerie Trierweiler

François Hollande and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, face two pressing questions which usually dog much younger couples. Should they get married? And where will they live?

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