Cosa Nostra

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The high-security 1,000-capacity courtroom built by Italian authorities in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday, with 900 witnesses testifying against more than 350 people, including politicians an(...)

The Locri  hospital in southern Italy, where patients are often sent elsewhere for lack of doctors, the elevators are endlessly in disrepair and the CT scan works one day, but not the next. Infiltration by the mafia, major doctor shortages, and a regional health agency hundreds of millions of euro in debt were some of the challenges the hospital confronted in 2019 – before coronavirus. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

The body of his son was barely cold when the ­grieving father was threatened by men from the funeral company. Inside the mortuary of an austere hospit(...)

Composite image: Irish Times Premedia Department
How the Mafia got to our food

Giuseppe Antoci had been warned more than once. “You will end with your throat cut,” read one note, composed entirely of individual letters clipped fr(...)

A scene from ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In November 1993, 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo was abducted by the Sicilian Mafia in order to silence his father, a gangster who had become a “penti(...)

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

In his homily during Tuesday’s funeral of earthquake victims in Amatrice, the Bishop of Rieti, Domenico Pompilli, observed that “it is not the earthqu(...)

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

Paddy Agnew in Rome Faced with a citizens’ protest in the earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Monday intervened to(...)

Licio Gelli: even though he was given a 10-year sentence for having “derailed” the Bologna station investigation and a 12-year sentence for his role in the Banco Ambrosiano collapse, Gelli actually spent little time in prison.

Licio Gelli, one of the most controversial public figures of the entire post-war era in Italy, died on Tuesday night in his private Villa Wanda reside(...)

An Italian police officer takes in custody Michele Gucciardi, one of the 11 men suspected of helping number one Cosa Nostra fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro, in Palermo, Italy, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini/AP Photo

Fugitive Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro communicates with subordinates using written messages buried in soil or hidden under rocks on sheep farms, i(...)

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional Court in Rome. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

For Sergio Matarella, the man elected today as Italy’s 12th president, all changed on the morning of January 6th, 1980. That was the day when a Cosa N(...)

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