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(...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi at a news conference to publicise his book, ‘Via Crucis’, in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

A suspect break-in and a subsequent safe robbery, a whole batch of Holy See confidential documents and even documents related to mafia banker Michele (...)