Rescuers work among the rubble and wreckage of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa on Friday,  three days after a section collapsed. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s government on Friday formally launched the procedure to revoke concessions held by Autostrade per l’Italia to operate toll highways after the (...)

Rescuers at work amid rubble and wreckage after the collapse of a section of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As many as 20 people could still be missing in the rubble of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, the city’s chief prosecutor said. Searchers have (...)

Supporters of same-sex civil unions demonstrate in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The cross-party government of prime minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday night enacted potentially historic legislation when the senate passed a same-se(...)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)

Italian businessman Marcello De Finizio stands on the dome of St Peter’s basilica to protest in Vatican City. He holds a banner with a request to Italian president Giorgio Napolitano and to Pope Francis in a protest against Europe. ‘Stop Europe, stop Fiscal Compact, Stop Mario Monti, Stop Enrico Letta and Stop Bolkestein’ are some of the sentences written on the banner. Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, this weekend defe(...)