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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.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum – British Museum: Priceless treasures from the cities destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius eruption will aim to satisfy the international fascination with the disaster when screened on 18 June

Charles Darwent on art: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum - The day that death hung on the breeze

As Vesuvius erupted, a strong easterly condemned two towns to extinction – and immortality – as an outstanding exhibition recreating Roman life shows

A view of the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien was in long-term gay relationship, claims 'partner'

Formerly Britain's most senior Catholic cleric O'Brien is renowned for railing against homosexuality

Children on adults' shoulders await Pope Francis

In pictures: Pope Francis' first public appearance in Vatican

Informal, spontaneous style continues to delight the crowds

Brian o’Driscoll: The Irish centre will make his last appearance in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico today

Sergio Parisse lauds Brian O’Driscoll as centre’s likely final Six Nations game dawns

The Italy captain, Sergio Parisse, has praised Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll as one of the greatest centres in the history of the sport, ahead of today’s Six Nations game at the Stadio Olimpico.

Egypt resists UN women rights text

Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has objected to a UN declaration on violence against women on the grounds that it would lead to the “disintegration of society” – a move that threatens to derail efforts by the international community to reach an agreement.

Pope Francis waves the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

So what happens next for Pope Francis?

Having begun his reign, auspiciously enough, with a self-deprecating joke – “the duty of the cardinals is to elect a Bishop of Rome,” he deadpanned, “and they’ve gone to the end of the world to find one” – Pope Francis went back inside St Peter’s for the solemn ceremonies that conclude the Conclave process, the most important of which is a Mass in the Sistine Chapel with the other 114 cardinal electors.

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis is both a continuation of the past and also something very different for the future

Whatever end of the spectrum they stand in, most Catholics know their church is in trouble. Pope Francis may just be the miracle they've been waiting for

Six Nations 2013: Chris Robshaw hails England's battling win over Italy

England captain Chris Robshaw hailed a battling win over Italy to keep their RBS 6 Nations title bid alive, but admitted improvements were needed before their Grand Slam showdown with Wales next week.

Wales' Dan Biggar

Jamie Roberts: Here's hoping weather plays ball at Murrayfield so we can strut our stuff

Millennium Eye: Scotland are a physical team with a lot of powerful ball carriers

Gigi Becali has called Lady Gaga ‘Satanic. I spit on the TV’

'Racist, sexist' and an MP – meet Gigi Becali, the owner of Steaua Bucharest

Steaua Bucharest play Chelsea in the Europa League

Dan Cole would be my choice for captain, while Justin Tipuric (below) would edge out Chris Robshaw

Six Nations: Dan Cole warns Italy to expect big performance from England scrum

England host Italy at Twickenham this weekend

Armando Trovajoli: Composer best known for his ode to Rome's romantic magic

Armando Trovajoli, who died on 28 February at the age of 95, composed music for around 300 films. It was his lushly orchestrated and playful serenade to Rome, "Roma Nun Fa' La Stupida Stasera", a much-requested romantic stand-by for tourists, that became his most famous song.

Pope Benedict XVI flies away from Vatican for last time - but his shadow will remain

Latest: 85-year-old pontiff is currently being flown to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo

Editorial: The new pope must take on the Vatican

In his fight against vested interests, Benedict XVI retires defeated

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