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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.

Italy hails 'an outbreak of modernity in the Church' as Pope Benedict XVI announces he will resign because of ill health

Pope Benedict XVI is the first pontiff to stand down in nearly 600 years

A life in pictures: Pope Benedict XVI

A selection of images from the life of the 265th Pope Joseph Ratzinger

Nicolas Mas of France holds his head in disappointment during his team's match with Wales

Six Nations: George North changes Wales' fortunes

France 6 Wales 16: Rob Howley can smile at last as victory in France ends a run of eight defeats and signals a wave of relief

Sergio Parisse and his side are confident they can build on beating France

Scots braced for Sergio Parisse's history men

Italy look for first ever back-to-back wins in a Six Nations campaign against Johnson's side

Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg claims loan move to Fulham fell through last night

Netherlands goalkeeper has lost his place in the Roma side

Stojka in 2003 with one of her paintings, ‘Vienna-Auschwitz’

Ceija Stojka: Holocaust survivor who championed Roma rights

Ceija Stojka, who died on 28 January at the age of 79, survived three Nazi death camps and then found her life's work: raising awareness of the Nazis' persecution of the Roma people in her art and her writings. Stojka carried the horrors of the camps with her until she was in her fifties, speaking out only decades after she was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen camp at the age of 12.

Italian fashion house Fendi announced it would finance a renovation of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, becoming the latest luxury group to fund repairs on a priceless heritage

Trevi fountain in Rome gets a Fendi makeover

The Fendi fashion house has announced that it is financing the €2.18m (£1.88m) restoration of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the latest fashion company to come to the aid of Italy’s chronically underfunded cultural heritage.

Album review: Andrea Bocelli, Passione (Decca)

Before he became a household name, Andrea Bocelli paid his dues in bars, doing the kind of romantic repertoire that best tickled punters' palates.

Massadio Haidara

Newcastle clinch deal for French defender Massadio Haidara

Fee agreed for French Under-21 international

Edinson Cavani

Napoli president wants to partner Edinson Cavani with Mario Balotelli

Manchester City have reportedly been targeting Cavani

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Travel from Chile to the UK

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Daniele De Rossi

Roma issue hands off warning over Manchester City 'target' Daniele De Rossi

The Italian midfielder is admired by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Vatican's cut-price nativity hits poorest Italian taxpayers

The economic crunch has hit Christmas at the Vatican this year, with a cut-price Nativity scene in St Peter's Square, even if the bill will be met by already hard-pushed Italian taxpayers.

Gareth Bale pictured against West Ham

FA launch investigation while West Ham ready to ban fans for life amid allegations of 'hissing' and 'Hitler' chants at Tottenham

The Football Association have begun an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitic abuse by West Ham fans during Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Brutal attack on Tottenham fans raises fears of rising right-wing and racist violence in Italy

Italy’s capital has been rattled by increasing militancy by the extreme right since October, often with racist overtones.

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