Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi won a final parliamentary vote of confidence today after pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” the economy. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi won a final parliamentary vote of confidence today after pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” th(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a confidence vote at the senate in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

On the morning after winning his first vote of confidence in the Italian senate, newly appointed Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi began the (...)

 Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi,  is  pursued by the media as he leaves a church after attending Sunday Mass near Florence yesterday.   Photograph:  Maurizio Degl’Innocenti

In keeping with his innovative image, Italy’s youngest prime minister, Matteo Renzi, yesterday started his first (...)

Newly appointed Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right) talks with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano during the swearing in ceremony for 16 new ministers at Quirinale palace in Rome today. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi was sworn in as prime minister this morning, taking his oath of office from president Giorgio Napolitan(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi during a press conference in Rome yesterday to announce the names of his new cabinet ministers. Photograph: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images

The new Italian government of centre-left (PD) leader Matteo Renzi is almost up and running, just one week after the collapse of Enrico Letta’s(...)

Italy’s prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi arrives at the lower house of parliament in Rome on Tuesday for talks with parties on setting a government programme and forming a new cabinet. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ EPA

A senior Italian centre-left figure and former minister has suggested that the team of prime minister-in-waiting Matteo Renzi is in a state of (...)

To win the popular mandate that he has insisted would be the only basis on which he would assume power, Matteo Renzi will now take power unelec(...)

Matteo Renzi arrives back in Florence to preside over his last city council meeting as town mayor. Photograph: Reuters

Italian prime minister-in-waiting Matteo Renzi took his first steps through what he has called “the misty bog(...)

Matteo Renzi in Florence, Italy, yesterday. Photograph:  EPA/Maurizio Degl’Innocenti

Matteo Renzi, the newest kid on the Italian government block, may this morning receive a preliminary mandate from state p (...)