Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy’s finance minister, who has announced an industry-led bailout programme for the country’s troubled banking sector. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

It remains unclear if a new plan proposed on Monday by finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan to deal with a potential Italian banking crisis, will prove (...)

Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, with lawyer Alessandra Ballerini and senator Luigi Manconi, at the Italian Senate, in Rome. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

When the parents of Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old Italian research student killed in mysterious and gruesome circumstances in Cairo early this year, (...)

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn shows a copy of “Amoris Laetitia” during a press conference at the Vatican. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

As many had expected, Pope Francis steered a middle-of-the-road course between “progressives” and “traditionalists” with his post-synodal exhortation(...)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: says he spent €300,000 of his own money on apartment renovation. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Vatican has opened an investigation into the €422,000 renovation of the apartment of its former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. (...)

An aerial view of the destruction in the city of L’Aquila, central Italy, caused by the earthquake of April 2009. Photograph: AP/Italian Forestry Police Force

It is a cold, dark night in the central Piazza del Duomo in L’Aquila. Against a ghostly background of dug-up pavements, scaffolding and cranes, the tr(...)

Italian Police escort a man, centre, to a police car in the southern city of Salerno, Italy. Police identified the man arrested as an Algerian wanted in Belgium for facilitating illegal migration linked to the recent terror attacks in Paris. Photograph: AP

Last Wednesday evening, on the day after the bomb attacks on Brussels airport and underground, Moroccan Mohammed Lahlaoui was arrested by German polic(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the Vatican. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

At the end of a week marked by terrorist attacks, Pope Francis urged people not to lose “all hope and joy in life”. Making his traditional Urbi et O(...)

  Msgr Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda  with Francesca Chaouqui in this file photograph taken in 2014.The Vatican has arrested Msgr Vallejo and Ms Chaouqui for allegedly stealing and leaking classified documents. Photograph: Umberto Pizziumberto/Getty Images

The Vatileaks 2 trial in a Vatican City court took a bizarre turn yesterday when Italian media reported one of the chief defendants, Spanish Msgr Luci(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton  on the campaign trail last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

The time has come for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to stop “play acting and shadow-boxing”, acting Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has said. Spea(...)

Lay consultant Francesca Chaouqui and Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda: pair are among the five on trial. Photograph:  Umberto Pizzi/AFP/Getty Images

The potentially embarrassing, so-called Vatileaks 2 trial is scheduled to reconvene in the Vatican on Saturday morning. This is the Vatican City sta(...)