Pope Francis jokes 'woman was from a rib' as he avoids question about Catholic Church's misogyny

Pope refuses to commit himself to raising status of women in Catholic church and makes 'joke' about female subservience

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Archeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archeological findings prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more so than believed until now.

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Vasari's Last Supper reassembled 47 years after 1966 Florence flood

New restoration techniques mean 1546 painting could be ready for display by 50th anniversary of Arno bursting its banks

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Italian reservist faces military trial for saving pregnant cat in Kosovo

A question is to be raised in the Italian parliament over the case of an army officer who was sent for trial at a military court last week for saving the life of a dying cat.

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Italian prosecutors investigate claims of restaurants serving dolphin

A journalist secretly filmed a meal in the city of Civitavecchia including a salad dressed with flakes of dried dolphin

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Pope's pick for Vatican bank embroiled in gay sex scandal

Pope Francis will fly out of Rome on Monday, leaving behind the latest controversy to engulf the Holy See – a slew of gay sex claims, denied by the pope's spokesman, against the man Francis chose to be his representative at the Vatican "bank".

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Police officers shot outside Italian prime minister's office

The ministers in Italy's new left-right coalition cabinet were sworn in on Sunday as gunfire broke out in the centre of Rome.

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Cardinals calling for access to Vatican report on church security leaks

Before the conclave, Benedict XVI ordered an inquiry into Vatican leaks. Now the men who will choose his successor demand its full disclosure

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Report: Papal resignation linked to investigation into 'blackmailed gay clergy'

Pope's staff decline to confirm or deny La Repubblica claims linking 'Vatileaks' affair and discovery of 'blackmailed gay clergy'

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Italy mourns liberal Catholic cardinal who said church was '200 years behind'

Italy's business capital of Milan ground almost to a halt on Monday as the people of the city – believers and non-believers alike – bid farewell to a beloved pastor, and perhaps too to the hope of a more liberal form of Catholicism that he embodied.

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Pope appoints doctrinal watchdog with links to 'Marxist' Catholics

Gerhard Ludwig Müller, who has defended liberation theologists and written a book on the poor, will lead key department

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Italy's Berlusconi may be hoping for comeback

John Hooper, The Guardian

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Naples museum director burns art to protest at lack of funding

It is a logic more often associated with terrorists or trapped and cornered desperadoes: "Meet my demands or another hostage goes the way of the last."

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Rome prosecutors link Vatican cleric to 29-year mystery of missing girl

The Vatican is under pressure to help resolve one of the strangest of many enigmas lingering in Italy from the cold war years.

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