The contrast between Pope Francis and the seeming privileges of some of those around him are clearly provoking a “nervous” moment in the Holy See. Photograph: Reuters

It was possibly a watershed moment in Holy See media relations. The scene was the Sala Stampa of the Holy See some 10 days ago. Australian Cardinal Ge(...)

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been acquitted by the Italian appeals court. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi has registered a significant victory today in his 20-year-long battle with the Italian judiciary when an Appeals Cou(...)

 Antonio Conte has departed Juventus after winning three league titles with the Turin club.  Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The decision of current Italian champions Juventus to part company with coach Antonio Conte has taken Italian football by surprise. Even if both parti(...)

1914: Members of the Serbian reserve forces, encamped near Belgrade. Photograph:  Central Press/Getty Images

The Austro-Hungarian press promotes Serbo-phobia; A Socialist paper In Vienna denounces unprecedented reprisals in Bosnia VIENNA, July 16th, 1914 – A(...)

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is prepared to be towed away near the port of Giglio in Italy yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Claudio Giovannini

So far, so good on the island of Giglio. Although the operation to refloat the sunken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, is far from complete and a(...)

 The wrecked ship Costa Concordia  during the refloating operations in  Isola del Giglio, Italy today. Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images 1:06

You could hardly say that she was up and running but the operation to refloat the sunken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, finally got under way at a(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

The ‘Costa Concordia’ being prepared to be towed off the coast near the port of Giglio in Italy yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Alessandro di Meo

It is all systems go, ready for lift off and keep your fingers crossed on the island of Giglio this morning when salvage experts attempt yet anothe(...)

An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia  on its side next to Giglio Island. File Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Costa Concordia has caused a lot of grief in its time but this weekend on the island of Giglio, there is concern that it might cause further serio(...)

An Italian police (Carabinieri car). The case of  Stefano Di Francesco, who was arrested and charged with the murder of his 32-year-old son, Piero, in Italy this week, shows that sometimes good old fashioned detective work pays off.

If Andrea Camilleri, creator of the Sicilian-based detective, Inspector Montalbano, had made it up, no one would have blinked. The thing is, though(...)