Faithful wait for the start of the “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross) procession, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Shabaz Bhatti, the Pakistani Catholic politician assassinated by Taliban activists in March 2011, partly because of his criticism of Pakistan’s blasp(...)

 A general view as Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has called on his priests to “learn how to be the best of ways” as they go about their ministries. In a homily during the trad(...)

Bishop Juan Barros Madrid: the decision by Pope Francis to designate the office to the bishop has caused protests in Oserno, Chile.  Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

The Holy See yesterday waded into the row about the controversial appointment of Monsignor Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid as Bishop of Oserno in Chile(...)

Amanda Knox speaks to the media during a brief press conference in front of her parents’ home in Seattle, Washington on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Even as Amanda Knox in Seattle, USA and Raffaele Sollecito down in Puglia, Italy were experiencing huge relief at Friday’s Italian Supreme Court rulin(...)

 Italy’s top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

The eight year long Meredith Kercher murder trial has finally achieved closure after a surprise ruling in which Italy’s Supreme Court definitively acq(...)

Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder by a top Italian court. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters 1:42

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The decision (...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation comes two years after he stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, having admitted inappropriate sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In an extremely rare move, the Vatican yesterday announced that the pope had accepted the resignation of the “rights and privileges” of a cardinal,(...)

Pope Francis leads a penitential ceremony at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has repeated his belief that his pontificate may be brief. In an interview marking the second anniversary of his election on March 13th, (...)