Pope Francis telephoned the alleged victim of sex abuse by several priests and asked him to “forgive this extremely serious sin”. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Granada archbishop to explain failure to act over suspected abusive priests

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks about the recent unofficial Catalonian independence poll  in Madrid yesterday. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Spanish PM refuses to cede ground despite overwhelming vote in favour of secession

Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of the informal poll for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Turnout for unofficial referendum hints at appetite for more formal action

Volunteers count ballots after the closing of a polling station yesterday in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Overwhelming win expected for pro-independence side in low turnout vote

Spanish nun Teresa Forcades, who has become an increasingly prominent European intellectual. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

In the past, Teresa Forcades’s views have drawn Vatican reprimands

Rodrigo Rato leaving the High Court after being questioned by a judge investigating the alleged use of credit cards for personal expenses. Photograph: Sergio Perez

Close ties with the political and financial classes sealed the financier’s fate – with jail now a very real possibility

President of Catalonia Artur Mas (left) with leader of the Pro-Independence political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya Oriol Junqueras, leaving the Catalan government building in Barcelona, Spain, this week. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Surging pro-independence leader outflanks moderate rival Mas as tension with Madrid increases

Spaniards protest against corruption after 51 people are arrested as part of an investigation involving local government contracts. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Politicians, businesspeople and civil servants implicated in investigation

Working on a replica of the Altamira caves. Photograph: Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images

Scientific council says regular visits to Altamira caves could damage wall paintings

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