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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.

Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi snubs Manchester City to remain at Roma

Italy international Daniel de Rossi today told a press conference he would be staying with Roma.

Benedict XVI: The Archbishop of Palermo Paolo Romeo is quoted as saying the Pontiff would die within 12 months

Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele will face theft trial

The pope's butler and a fellow lay employee are to stand trial over documents stolen from the pontiff's private apartment.

Republic of Ireland abandoning religion faster than almost every other country in the world

Worldwide, only Vietnam experienced a greater drop in those describing themselves as religious

Robert Hughes: 'I don’t imagine that any book is completely free of mistakes'

Renowned art critic Robert Hughes, 74, dies

Renowned Australian art critic and historian Robert Hughes has died after a long illness. He was 74.

Kiril Maritchkov, who speaks five languages, would appear an ideal choice for ambassador

Vatican blocks Bulgaria's papal envoy in row over gay sex in book

Holy See 'upset' at homosexuality and prostitution in lawyer's popular novel

Vezzali is on the verge of history

Vezzali can give thrust to Italy's waning challenge

Spotlight on the main medal contenders: Veteran female fencer expected to win fourth consecutive gold – and make history

Joe Cole in pre-season action for Liverpool

Liverpool lose to Roma at Fenway Park in pre-season friendly

Charlie Adam scored what proved to be a consolation as Liverpool lost 2-1 to Roma in a pre-season friendly at Fenway Park in Boston.

Modesto Pellino was shot seven times in a busy square in the town of Nettuno

Tit-for-tat Mob killings spark fears of new turf war in Rome as Neapolitan gangster Modesto Pellino is gunned down

Fears of a Mafia turf war in Rome and the surrounding areas have being re-ignited after a Neapolitan gangster was gunned down in busy square in front of dozens of people.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard excited to be working with Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed his excitement at getting to work under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The butler Paolo Gabriele, front, with Pope Benedict at the Vatican

Three Vatican 'moles' named in leaks scandal

A cardinal, a bishop and the Pope's German housekeeper come under investigation

Father of Pope's imprisoned butler defends his 'honest' son

Italian television station receives protest letter as Paolo Gabriele's detention is extended
The magazine's cover reads: 'Another leak sourced!'

Vatican to prosecute magazine over mocked up pictures of Pope's 'leaks'

Germany's satirical magazine, Titanic, was embroiled in a furious legal row with the offices of Pope Benedict XVI yesterday after it published a photograph of the pontiff wearing a urine stained cassock with a headline proclaiming that it had finally "sourced" the Vatican leaks.

The magazine's cover reads: 'Another leak sourced!'

German satirical magazine in trouble over Papal 'leaks'

Germany's satirical magazine Titanic was embroiled in a legal row with the offices of Pope Benedict XVI yesterday after it published a photograph of the pontiff wearing a urine-stained cassock with a headline proclaiming that it had finally "sourced" the Vatican leaks.

Melinda Gates speaks at the summit in London yesterday

Catholic Melinda Gates defies the Vatican over birth control funds

Philanthropist reveals £360m grant to prevent unwanted pregnancies in poorer countries

Fabio Borini

Roma confirm Liverpool interest in Italy international Fabio Borini

Roma have confirmed that Liverpool are interested in signing Italy international Fabio Borini.

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Call me Ed Mozart

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