Immigrants hold a placard reading “Instead of giving citizenship to the dead, give it to the living!!” on October 18th, 2013 in Rome during a demonstration. Photograph: ALberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

“Maria” smiles when she recalls “migrating” to Italy more than 10 years ago. Now classified as a “transnational migrant”, in that she maintains cultur(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr  Federico Lombardi: “This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory.” Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy See yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” weekend Irish media reports that Pope Francis might nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Responding t(...)

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Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour today. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

A ship brought 143 survivors, mostly Syrians, from a capsized smugglers’ boat to Malta today, as the second migrant tragedy in the Strait of Sicily in(...)

Survivors of the tragedy look on at Guitgia beach on Lampedusa. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Divers searching for victims of last week’s migrant boat disaster off the Italian island of Lampedusa entered the hold of the sunken vessel for the fi(...)

Immigrants attend a ceremony for some of the African migrants killed in a shipwreck off the Italian coast at the Lampedusa airport. Photograph: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images.

Divers began the recovery of dozens of migrants’ bodies from a boat that sank last week off the coast of Sicily in one of the worst such disasters to(...)

Italy’s minister for integration Cecile Kyenge. Photograph: AFP

    An Italian politician has likened the country’s first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, to a prostitute in the latest of a ba(...)

Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “As a minister my security is fully guaranteed but there are plenty of [immigrant] people today who suffer similar insults and who have no protection.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italy’s black integration minister, Congolese-born Cécile Kyenge, yesterday said she feared for the safety of Italy’s five-million-strong immigrant co(...)

Italian Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge attend a news conference in Rome last month. Photograph:  Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her whil(...)

Italian minister for integration Cécile Kyenge. She   adopted a dignified tone when asked about the incident.  Photograph: Reuters

The fundamentally crude and xenophobic nature of the federalist Northern League was highlighted last weekend when a senior party figure, former minist(...)

Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “I do not take [Roberto] Calderoli’s words as a personal insult but they sadden me because of the image they give of Italy.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta has condemned comments made by a senior right-wing senator in which he suggested the country’s first black governm(...)