Supporters of same-sex civil unions demonstrate in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The cross-party government of prime minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday night enacted potentially historic legislation when the senate passed a same-se(...)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)

Italian businessman Marcello De Finizio stands on the dome of St Peter’s basilica to protest in Vatican City. He holds a banner with a request to Italian president Giorgio Napolitano and to Pope Francis in a protest against Europe. ‘Stop Europe, stop Fiscal Compact, Stop Mario Monti, Stop Enrico Letta and Stop Bolkestein’ are some of the sentences written on the banner. Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, this weekend defe(...)