Demonstrators take part in a protest rally marking the first anniversary of the murder of Jan Kuciak Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia.  File photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Slovak demonstrators returned to the streets on Friday to protest against their government’s alleged failure to combat corruption and sever links betw(...)

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

An Italian bishop has stepped up the Catholic Church’s repudiation of organised crime by issuing a diocesan decree banning known mafiosi from acting e(...)

Pope Francis waves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro/Reuters

Pope Francis has bitterly denounced the Calabrian Mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, following the killing of a three-year-old boy caught up in a Mafia “executio(...)

Pope Francis  at  St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican yesterday.  The investigator says  the pope has asked his  council of cardinals to overhaul the entire structure of the Vatican, including a review of the its economic affairs.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

At first glance it sounds like a cliche any aspiring Dan Brown might concoct, that Pope Francis’s reforming zeal may have made him a target of the ’Nd(...)