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 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Pope Francis made his first official trip outside Rome today with a visit to Lampedusa, the tiny island off Sicily that has been the first port of safety for untold thousands of migrants crossing by sea from North Africa to Europe. The choice of Lampedusa is a highly symbolic one for Francis, who has placed the poor at the centre of his papacy and called on the Church to return to its mission of serving them. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has visited the small Italian island of Lampedusa and laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of migrants from Africa who have died tryi(...)