This video image shows the arrest of one of three Kosovars in Venice after one suspect was overhead on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the Rialto Bridge. Photograph: Italian Police/Carabinieri via AP

Suspects were under surveillance after one spotted returning from Syria, police say

Pope Francis with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a private audience at the Vatican.

Archbishop says Pope will ‘reach out’ to unexpected quarters if 2018 trip goes ahead

Scene where Eddie Staunton was shot on Railway Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Daniel Belling under arrest in Rome on suspicion of killing his wife during cruise

The MSC Magnifica. Xiang Lei Li went missing while travelling on the vessel last month.

Asian woman’s remains were discovered in a suitcase in Rimini Harbour on Saturday

A military vehicle guards as a rally leaves from the  Colosseum  for a national strike of taxi drivers  in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Police worried about Isis threat and violence from extreme left and right factions

Italy’s minister for European Union affairs Sandro Gozi, who is preparing for this weekend’s informal EU summit in Rome: “We’re going to sign a political declaration . . . an important affirmation of our unity.” Photograph: Evren Atalay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Sandro Gozi says Saturday’s final declaration will mark launch of new political process

Bishop Pennisi concedes that the Italian Catholic Church has been, and continues to be, ‘soft’ on the Mafia. Photograph: Getty Images

Bishop says there is ‘total incompatibility’ between mafioso godfather and a Christian one

The MSC Magnifica. A Dublin-based woman went missing while travelling on board the vessel last month. Photograph: MSC Cruises

Xiang Lei Li disappeared during a 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her family

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: The PD party has been dealing with a corruption investigation involving Renzi’s father. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Former Italian prime minister’s bid to assert control of PD party rocked by accusations

The cruise ship MSC ‘Magnifica’ on which Dublin-based German Daniel Belling, who is accused of killing his wife, was travelling. Photograph: MSC Cruises

German IT consultant arrested in Rome is accused of disappeared wife’s murder

Marie Collins, who has resigned from the Holy See’s Commission for the Protection of Minors. She said the “last straw” was the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to respond to letters from abuse survivors. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Resignation of Marie Collins highlights reluctance to change processes in Holy See

The cruise ship MSC Magnifica on which Dublin-based German Daniel Belling, who is accused of killing his wife, was travelling. Photograph: MSC Cruises

Italian judge says Dublin-based German man should be held due to ‘suspect’ behaviour

Lazio regional governor Nicola Zingaretti defended the terms of the gynaecologist job description issues by the San Camillo hospital in Rome. Photograph: Elisabetta A Villa/Getty Images

San Camillo hospital ad rekindles church versus state debate on reproductive rights

The cruise ship MSC Magnifica on which Dublin-based German Daniel Belling, who is accused of killing his wife, was travelling. Photograph: MSC Cruises

Daniel Belling eager to explain wife’s disappearance to judge, according to lawyer

The cruise ship MSC Magnifica on which Dublin-based German Daniel Belling, who is accused of killing his wife, was travelling. Photograph: MSC Cruises

German national Daniel Belling’s wife did not disembark when ship docked in Italy

Matteo Renzi: If he wins  party leadership contest,  he may move for a general election in the autumn. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP

Senior figures including Massimo D’Alema not happy with party’s move to the centre

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: faces day-of-reckoning party congress. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Influence-peddling charges precede assembly by PD party led by Matteo Renzi

Pope Francis: He encouraged 57-year-old former priest Daniel Pittet to tell his story  of clerical sex abuse  more widely after meeting him. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Extract published as suggestion of 200 abuse cases within Italian Catholic Church emerges

Peter’s Square in Rome: An Italian priest laicised by the Vatican in 2012 for sex abuse crimes may have subsequently abused as many as 10 boys. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Gianni Trotta allowed to coach football as police never informed of church conviction

Silvio Berlusconi: his lawyer claims he is being “tried for generosity”. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Former Italian PM accused of paying ‘bunga bunga’ partygoers to commit perjury

Gondolas pictured during snowfall in the Venice lagoon, northern Italy, on January 13th. The death by drowning of a Gambian man in the freezing waters of the city’s Grand Canal last Sunday has prompoted questions about whether more could have been done to try to save him. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

Critics claim not enough was done to try to save migrant who may have taken his own life

Pope Francis has accepted the ‘resignation’ of the  Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Master, Englishman Matthew Festing (left), who had been involved in an internal row about the distribution of condoms.  File image: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Order of Malta chief forced to resign after disciplining colleague over ‘breach’ of doctrine

The funeral of Hotel Rigopiano avalanche victim Alessandro Giancaterino at San Nicola church in Farindola, in the Abruzzo region of Italy on January 24th. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Inquiry to look at planning permission and efficiency of rescue services

Rescue workers continue to search for the  24 missing people  four days after an avalanche hit the Hotel Rigopiano in  the Abruzzo region of Italy. Photograph: EPA/Soccorso Alpino

Officials investigate whether Hotel Rigopiano should have been built at foot of mountain

 A handout photo made available by Polizia Di Stato (Italian State Police) shows a burned Hungarian bus after an accident at a motorway exit near Verona, Italy, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Dozens injured after bus taking Hungarian students home from France bursts into flames

Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during a general audience at the Vatican. Photograph: AFP

Archbishop says Irish bishops not criticised over Mass attendance or referendum result

Firefighters’ vehicles in Amatrice after a series of  earthquakes struck the Abruzzo region of Italy. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Up to 30 people feared buried by snow and debris following Abruzzo avalanche

A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Department shows an aerial view of Hotel Rigopiano after it was hit by an avalanche. Photograph: EPA/Italian Fire Department

Thirty people were reportedly in Abruzzo building, which was pushed 30ft down hill

Beppe Grillo: The  leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has not enjoyed a trouble-free start to 2017. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

The popular protest party wants new allies in Brussels, but is stuck with Farage and Ukip

Pope Francis: he is coming to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

The pontiff will be in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s square in the Vatican during on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Archbishop of Armagh leading almost 30-strong Irish delegation on Rome visit

Silvio Berlusconi: ‘I did a lot of sport in my youth and I have an athlete’s heart, but in the last 20 years I have undergone 73 different trials’. File photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Politically incorrect Italian media owner still has power and influence

Old and new: a horse-drawn carriage passes a branch of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Rome. Italy’s government is set to rescue the world’s oldest lender. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Dubious practices and cronyism may bury Italy’s financial sector

Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni delivers a speech to parliament in Rome on Tuesday. A confidence vote in his government was to take place later in the day. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni dismisses forecasts of Italian economic meltdown in wake of referendum

  As prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni will represent a serious contrast with his predecessor.  Photographer: Angelo Carconi/EPA

A far-left activist in his student years, he later tried to contain the media dominance of Berlusconi

Italy’s newly elected prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: he represents a serious contrast with his predecessor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

New prime minister’s time as minister of foreign affairs earned him a solid reputation

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks to reporters after receiving a mandate to  form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Opposition parties say they will protest and abandon parliment when confidence vote in new government is called

Matteo Renzi may be asked by Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella (left) to return as prime minister as he is still the leader of the party with the most votes. Photograph: Reuters

Matteo Renzi may be asked to remain in office

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella: will hold talks with  23  parliamentary groups. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Silvio Berlusconi likely to be involved in talks on finding successor to Matteo Renzi

Following his formal resignation, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi remains in office but only in an “ordinary business” caretaker capacity until such time as a new government is formed. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reueters

Italian president expected to begin formal consultations to appoint successor

Investors are fretting in wake of Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s imminent exit. Photograph: Getty Images

Noonan says developments in Italy pose no contagion risks to Irish banking system

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right) arrives by car at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome to meet  President Sergio Mattarella and formally offer his resignation following a crushing referendum defeat,  December 5th, 2016. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

President Sergio Mattarella asks PM to stay on for a few days following referendum loss

 Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi   announcing his resignation yesterday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Many feared reforms would strip Italy of its constitutional checks and balances

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi during a press conference in Rome on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Italian prime minister alienated electorate and came to be seen as a ‘fat cat’

Supporters of a “No” vote in the constitutional referendum in Italy rally  near the Palazzo Chigi  after the end of the vote in Rome. Exit polls suggested  voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected constitutional reform proposals on which prime minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

PM suggests there are several winners of reform vote but only one loser - himself

Prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Renzi cast their ballots. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti/EPA

Critics argue reforms place too much power in hands of prime minister Matteo Renzi

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The head of Eurosceptic party Forza Italia is actually the last PM to be voted in by the people. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Final polls show half the electorate are still undecided or intend to abstain

Matteo Renzi: The Italian prime minister promised to respect a No vote, though he said it would be “a pity”. Photograph: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Accusations and insults exchanged on final day of a bitter campaign over political reform

Demonstrators  during a  “no” vote rally  to the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform in  Rome. Photograp: AFP/Getty Images

Political fallout of a defeat for prime minister Matteo Renzi worries European chancelleries and the business community

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a television talk show  in Rome on Wednesday to campaign for a No vote. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Speculation that prime minister Matteo Renzi might resign if reforms are rejected

A banner portraying Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and reading “Let’s oust Renzi” during a pro-No demonstration ahead of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reform. Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

Prime minister Matteo Renzi receives surprise ‘Yes’ boost from German finance minister

Pope Francis with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: EPA

Pontiff confirms intention following meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Vatican

Taoiseach decried ‘dysfunction, disconnection and narcissism’ of Holy See in 2011

Demonstrators in Rome hold banners calling for a No vote ahead of the  referendum on constitutional reform in Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former prime minister warns Matteo Renzi’s will be ‘boss of all Italy’ if proposal passes

 Pope Francis shakes hands with the faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday. Photograph:Gregorio Borgia/AP

Kenny will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday to discuss visit in two years’ time

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrives for a press conference  in Chigi Palace, Rome. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

The Italian prime minister has withdrawn a threat to resign if voters reject the proposals

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s in Rome on Sunday to mark the end of the Holy Year of Mercy. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/EPA

Irishman Kevin Farrell one of 17 new cardinals created in spectacular Red Hat ceremony

Italy  coach Conor O’Shea: “This is just a beginning but it is a very good beginning.”

First ever win over South Africa ‘turns the rugby world upside down’

Pope Francis embraces new cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell of the US during a Consistory ceremony to install 17 new cardinals in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Irish-born Kevin Farrell one of 17 new appointments made by the pontiff

Cardinal-designate: Pope Francis and Kevin Farrell. Photograph courtesy of the diocese of Dallas

Kevin Farrell, a 69-year-old Dubliner who became bishop of Dallas, will be made a cardinal at the Vatican today

Conor O’Shea, head coach of Italian rugby team during a training session in Rome. Photograph: Silvia Lore/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

Preview: Italy v New Zealand, Olympic Stadium, Rome, kick-off 2pm

Handout provided by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis  greeting pilgrims at a special audience with  homeless people in the   Vatican City,  November 11th, 2016. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Francis criticised president-elect earlier in year on views, now careful ‘not to name names’

Firemen work to recover historical objects from Basilica di San Benedetto collapsed after an earthquake in Norcia, Italy, November 5th, 2016. Photograph: Pietro Crocchioni/EPA

Vatican condemns priest who blamed same sex civil unions for earthquakes

Garda trainees receive an allowance of €184 per week for their first 32 weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Police in France and Spain have staged protests and withdrawn from some duties

 Security  preparations outside Lund Cathedral  ahead of the pope’s visit. Photograph: Emil Langvad/EPA

Historic ecumenical service in Lund anticipates 500th anniversary of Reformation

The mayor of the town of L’Aquila, Massimo Cialente, speaks on his mobile phone as he checks the damage after the strong earthquake hit  central Italy. Photograph: Alberto Orsini/EPA

‘Turns out it wasn’t a burglar . . . but a much more disturbing visitor, a 6.6 earthquake’

Italians find  temporary shelter in a warehouse in  Camerino, central Italy,  after an  earthquake destroyed part of the town. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Latest ‘shake’ does major damage and leaves 4,000-5,000 homeless

Cardinal George Pell: confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australian police in relation to sex abuse allegations. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Senior Vatican figure Cardinal George Pell co-operates with inquiry but rejects all claims

A firefighter looks at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Borgo Sant’Antonio near Visso, central Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Latest seismic activity could be the product of a new fault line, experts say

 Cardinal Ludwig Mueller at a press conference illustrating new Catholic guidelines on burial and cremation, at the Vatica on Tuesday. Photograph: Guiseppe Lami

Ruling says deceased’s ashes should be stored in ‘sacred place’ such as a cemetery or church

Anti-abortion supporters march in Rome in 2015. In a 2013 survey of Italian gynaecologists, 70% said they refuse to perform abortions. Photograph: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Physician said he would not intervene ‘whilst there was a heartbeat’, husband claims

The papal palace at 17th-century Castel Gandolfo near Lazio in Italy: seems certain to prove a major tourist attraction. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Residence never used by Pope Francis, who does not live in Vatican’s apostolic palace

Leptis Magna, Libya: An Italian reporter has said that a member of the ‘Ndrangheta Mafia asked him for €60,000 in exchange for artefacts taken from the ancient Roman city by Islamic State.

Trading of ancient artworks involves Chinese and Russian criminals, says newspaper

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini arrive in Washington on Tuesday ahead of a gala banquet at the White House being hosted by US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/EPA/Palazzo Chigi press office

US president says pro-growth policies needed, in interview with Italian newspaper

Italian playwright Dario Fo: “Throughout his work flowed a constant, disrespectful and often hilarious criticism of those in positions of power and public office.” Photography: Antonio Calanni/AP Photo

Italy mourns loss of ‘one of the great protagonists of theatrical, cultural and civil life’

Pope Francis greets Monsignor Joseph William Tobin, one of the   17 new cardinals named by him. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

Bishop Farrell has served the church in the USA for the majority of his priestly ministry

Books by Elena Ferrante in an English translation at the Edizioni E/O publishing office in Rome. Photograph: Chris Warde-Jones/The New York Times

The real identity of best-selling author may – or may not – have been revealed this week

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: In recent months, as opinion polls have sometimes shown the No vote in front, he has pulled back on commitment to resign in face of defeat. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Some fear Renzi’s plan could move the country closer to an effective oligarchy

Pope Francis with Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, during a meeting with charities operating in Syria and Iraq  on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Osservatore Romano

Francis bemoans fate of city where ‘everbody is dying – children, old people, sick people’

Isabel and Federica, two laicised Franciscan nuns who met three years ago during their pastoral service to the church, undertook civil union in front of Pinerolo mayor Luca Salvai of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Ceremony in Piedmont comes four months after introduction of same-sex civil union

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi during a news conference on Wednesday. “It would be totally irresponsible to say yes to this bid,” she said. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Virginia Raggi says ‘irresponsible’ bid would lead to city building up more debts

 Pope Francis  greets participants in a multi-faith day of prayer for peace, in Assisi, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Osservatore Romano

Religious leaders from around the world join pontiff for multi-faith ceremony in Assisi

Sergio Mattarel moves to play down concerns over US interfering in Italy’s internal politics

Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi. Italy’s anti-corruption agency has said she did not followed correct bureaucratic procedures in choosing her chief of staff. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Virginia Raggi is under intense scrutiny following resignations of city officials

Workers build a new school in Amatrice, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Matteo Renzi promotes initiative as schools across the country are judged to be unsafe

Indian Nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa from Rome, at the Mother House in Kolkata. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican bent the rules in order to fast-track the Albanian nun to sainthood

An aerial view of Amatrice, central Italy, badly damaged by an earthquake.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA

Clumsy effort offends many Italians with public figures lining up to criticise magazine

Mother Teresa in 1993. Sunday’s ceremony at the Vatican will be attended by 100,000 faithful and at least 15 foreign delegations, including Indian state representatives. Photograph: AP Photo

Kosovar Albanian nun who founded Missionaries of Charity dedicated life to India’s poor

The Romolo Capranica school in Amatrice, where €500,000 of reconstruction work did little to offset damage when the earthquake struck. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Authorities are looking at how funds were used since 2009 seismic disaster left 308 dead

Mourners cry next to a coffin prior the funeral for victims of the earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

In disaster-struck town, a makeshift tent served as a church amid the shattered rubble

 Relatives of earthquake victims sit in a tent next to coffins of their loved ones before a mass funeral in quake-devastated Amatrice, central Italy,  August 30th, 2016. Construction crews worked through the night to build a tent complex to host the service after outraged residents rejected the government’s plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Bereaved fought to have latest funeral service, for 37 dead, held in their own town

Members of the Italian fire brigades operate near civic tower, in the earthquake-stricken town of Amatrice, on Monday. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Italian PM intervenes to insist Tuesday’s service for 78 victims takes place in Amatrice

Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, at the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives. Photograph: AP

Pair speak about using communication technology to fight poverty

Firefighters and rescue workers stand near the damaged Sant’Agostino church in the central Italian village of Amatrice. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis announces plans to visit Italian towns struck by the deadly earthquake

Aerial view of the damage in the village of Saletta in central Italy, where 22 of the 45 inhabitants died in Wednesday’s earthquake. Photograph: AP Photo/Localteam

Matteo Renzi government declares national day of mourning to be observed today

A drone photo shows the damages following an earthquake in Saletta, central Italy. Photograph: Stefano De Nicolo/Reuters

Paddy Agnew: Villagers in tiny mountain communities left distraught

Ruins in a street of Amatrice in central Italy after the earthquake, which claimed at least 247 lives. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of Amatrice try to come to terms with the huge loss of life following disaster

Rescue workers with sniffer  dogs following an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy. The dogs have a tough time dealing with dust in their noses. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Sniffer dogs have tough time as noses become clogged with dust amid rescue efforts

A tent camp for  earthquake refugees  in Arquata del Tronto, Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Tremors add to feeling of fear and force Amatrice residents out in droves

People stand next to collapsed buildings in Amatrice following the  earthquake  in central Italy. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Amatrice and Pescara del Tronto feel brunt as another natural disaster hits central Italy

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