Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at a press conference in Maranello, Modena, Italy, today. Montezemolo said he was resigning after 23 years at the helm, in a move that had widely been expected after his record was questioned by parent company Fiat-Chrysler. Photograph: EPA

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Pope Francis waves goodbye from the top of the steps of an Israeli El Al airlines flight as he finishes his Holy Land visit and returns to Rome and the Vatican. Photograph: Kobi Gideon/EPA/Government Press Office

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Rome in recent days has been dominated by those who recall the late pontiffs.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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Pope Francis this week rang an Argentine woman, married to a divorcee in a civil ceremony, to tell her she would be “doing nothing wrong” if she were to receive Communion. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini with two recovered paintings, by Paul Gauguin (work on left) and Pierre Bonnard, at a news conference in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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A building on Sean McDermott St in Dublin which is reported to have been used as a Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Eric Luke.

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Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13th, 2013. Photograph: Getty

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Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (right), flanked by his girlfriend Francesca Pascale. Photograph: Alberton Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

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

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A view of St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

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