Report in  “L’Espresso” was critical of Australian cardinal George Pell’s spending. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Article criticises cardinal in charge of Vatican finances ‘clean-up’

Pope Francis wrote about the Mexicanisation” of Argentina’s growing drug trade in an email. Photograph: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis wrote about development of Argentina’s drug trade in email

When it came to the ritual exchange, the German leader offered the Pope not only a collection Bach CDs but also a white envelope containing money, intended for child refugees from Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor offers Pope white envelope with money for refugees from Syria and Iraq

Silvio Berlusconi: in June 2013, judges argued he might be guilty of perjury because of payments made to Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug and to the so-called Olgettine girls, who gave evidence at the trial. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Investigators examine bank accounts of women who testified at first ‘Rubygate’ trial

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Some see Pope Francis’s latest project for the poor as a gimmick and not of any value

Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

ISIS threat ‘signed with blood against the nation of the cross’ follows release of video

Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino in court during his trial in Grosseto February 11, 2015. He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Analysis: Never much doubt that Costa Concordia Captain would be found guilty

A line of hearses as the bodies of migrants are unloaded from an Italian ship at Lampedusa harbour, Italy, yesterday. More than 330 migrants are feared dead following the most serious string of accidents in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. Photograph: EPA

EU border control can call on one-third of Italian Mare Nostrum’s maritime resources

Costa Concordia’s captain Francesco Schettino arrives in the courthouse for the last day of his trial on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP.

Francesco Schettino sentenced to 16 years in jail after cruise liner sank off Italy in 2012

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