Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives yesterday at the Don Gnocchi Foundation Centre on the outskirts of Rome to celebrate the rite of the washing of the feet. Photograph: AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

Pope ministers to patients in nursing home on Rome outskirts

The Fondazione Sacra Famiglia centre for the elderly in Cesano Boscone, near Milan,  where former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly to spend four hours a week helping the elderly, following sentencing for his tax fraud conviction yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Former Italian prime minister to serve time working in nursing home

Marcello Dell’Utri: wire taps and police surveillance led police to believe he intended to abscond. Photograph: EPA/Tonino Di Marco

Former Euro MP Marcello Dell’Utri faces extradition request from Italy if arrest upheld

Faithful: a John Paul II candle burns in the late pope’s birthplace, in Poland. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The late Polish pope and another former pontiff, John XXIII, will be canonised in Rome in a fortnight’s time. Many people, uncomfo(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. EPA/Ettore Ferrari

Former Italian prime minister avoids house arrest

Former MEP and senator Marcello Dell’Utri leaving the Palermo appeals court in Sicily after a hearing on MArch 25th, 2013. Mr Dell’Utri denies he has gone on the run in advance of a final hearing next Tuesday. Photograph: Michele Naccari/EPA

Marcello Dell’Utri faces court decision on Tuesday over alleged collusion with Mafia

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi will be concerned by the tremors running through Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga /Getty Images

The 39-year-old has made a whirlwind start, but has already met with resistance

Pope Francis  had implied he would consider all options for the Vatican Bank, ranging from radical reform through to outright closure. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pontiff formally approves ongoing reform process, ending speculation that bank’s days were numbered

People take part in a torchlight procession on Saturday night for victims of the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila. Photograph: EPA/Claudio Lattanzio

Five years on, 40,000 residents of the central Italian town remain without a home

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