Pope Francis: among those he married  were people who had children out of wedlock, others who had divorced and others who had  their marriages annulled

Clerics urged to ‘grasp the signs of the times’ ahead of Synod on family matters

Pope Francis waves to a poster of the ethnic Albanian missionary Mother Teresa as he is driven through Tirana yesterday. Photograph: Hector Pustina/AP

Tight security as Pope Francis arrives for first European trip of his pontificate

Pope Francis waves this morning as he arrives in Tirana for his one-day pastoral visit to Albania. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

‘Peaceful coexistence and collaboration’ of religions highlighted on one-day trip

Pope Francis  with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during an   audience at the Vatican today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Church Synod to meet soon to discuss contraception, same-sex marriage and annulment


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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

Pontiff to pay homage to martyrs of Christian, Orthodox and Muslim faiths

A woman holds a T-shirts bearing an image of Pope Francis and the word ‘Welcome’ a shop in Shkoder in Albania. Photograph: EPA/STR

Vatican plays down concerns of threat from fundamentalists

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaking at the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi Institute  in Palermo,on Monday. Renzi told parliament yesterday that the government’s reform package Italy’s ‘last chance’ to combat its chronic economic decline. Photograph: EPA

Italian prime minister has promised much but delivered little, writes Paddy Agnew, in Rome

Report claimed Pope Francis had become a target of the Islamic State, within the context of its war on the west. Photograph: AP/Tony Gentile

Renewed reports of pope being targeted

Italian police have foiled what producers believe would have been the world’s biggest wine fraud. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Officers seize over 165,000 litres alleged scammers planned to sell as renowned Brunello

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