Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi watches a Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lazio at the San Siro stadium in Milan on August 31st. Photograph: Reuters

Comments from Toto Riina, in jail since 1993, reportedly made in tapped conversations

Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held in the Vatican before a special interreligious “Match for Peace” tonight. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Man who inspired Argentina’s 1986 World Cup win meets countryman before ‘Match Of Peace’

Federica Mogherini, who has been nominated as successor for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, whose term ends on October 31st. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Mogherini takes on EU brief with little experience

Francis Aquino Aneury ( 17), (far left), shines shoes along the promenade in Santo Domingo. Aneury claims he was 14 when he first accepted money for sexual favours from a man he later learned was Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Photograph: the ‘New York Times’

Wesolowski case resurfaces after report details his paedophile activities

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

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‘Let God avert this’: Italian infantry march through the desert near Tripoli, Libya, in 1915, during the first World War. Photograph: PA

With the Austro-Hungarian empire having declared war on Serbia, La Stampa’s Rome correspondent insists Italy must intervene in the(...)

Mario Balotelli of Italy has often been in the firing line from “ultra” fans who target the international with foul-mouthed racist invective. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Carlo Tavecchio urged to withdraw candidacy after remarks to owners and directors

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

100th anniversary of the first World War remembered in the Angelus prayer

Wrecked  Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia in front of Genoa’s port this morning. The Costa Concordia has arrived in Genoa, where dismantling operations are predicted to last two years. Photograph: EPA

Operation to remove wreck from reef and tow it for scrapping estimated to cost €1.5bn

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