Tango dancers hold banners for Pope Francis who celebrated his 78th birthday on Wednesday. Tango dancers from around the world gathered in the Vatican to wish the Argentinian Pope a happy birthday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters 1:39

It’s not every day you see hundreds of couples dancing the evocative Tango in St. Peter’s Square. However, that was the scene at midday on Wednesday i(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

  The Italian government yesterday reacted calmly to the results of the European Central Bank’s stress tests, identifying Italy as the cou(...)

The Holy See today issued a “revised” English version of the synod’s controversial ‘relatio’ discussion document backtracking on the welcoming languag(...)

Pope Francis exchanges his skullcap with a member of the faithful during his weekly public audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Could Pope Francis be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize? Eighteen months into what already looks like a momentous pontificate, there has been specula(...)

Anti-immigration: graffiti on a street in Catania. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Caccia all’immigrato,” or hunt the migrant. For 10 days this month the working-class Rome suburb of Corcolle has been the theatre of familiar tension(...)


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Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former Communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, yesterday, ahead of a one-day visit to Albania by  Pope Francis tomorrow. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Sitting at the fashionable Taiwan Bar in front of his three mobile phones and his iPod, 16-year-old Toni looks like a lot of his contemporaries in the(...)

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

At first glance, the resignation today of Ferrari chief executive Luca De Montezemolo, has a football-style, manager sacking look about it. You have b(...)

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

Three Catholic bishops are currently under investigation over allegations of child abuse and one has already been convicted, Pope Francis has said.Spe(...)

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

As Rome prepares for the impact of an estimated million-strong crowd at tomorrow’s canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, yesterday was(...)

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

According to Italian and Argentine media reports, Pope Francis this week rang an Argentine wo(...)