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# Rome

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# Vatican
Here's Pope Francis meeting Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan
After the meeting, Lee said she hopes the Pope will help her with her fight to help mothers and children who need closure.
# get the good china
Queen Elizabeth to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican
Queen Elizabeth will meet with the Pontiff on 3 April, Buckingham Palace announced today.
# Explosion
Blast at church in Rome ahead of Francois Hollande visit
The French President is due to meet with the Pope for the first time later today amid deep divisions in France over issues like abortion and gay marriage.
# Diet
Dine like the Romans? Then try some giraffe legs and sea urchins...
We don’t think it will be the new Atkins.
# stepping out
Former Pope Benedict makes second secret trip outside Vatican
The former pope, who promised on retirement to “live hidden from the world”, made excursion to visit brother in hospital.
# Urbi et Orbi
Francis prays for child soldiers “robbed of their childhood”
The new Pope has delivered his first Christmas ‘urbi et orbi’ message.
# Holy See
Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy
There is no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term says Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
# Italy
Hundreds camped out in Rome to protest against austerity
Tens of thousands had marched through Rome in a mostly peaceful demonstration yesterday.
# Zombies
Who's the Irish woman in the new series of The Walking Dead?
Double tap, like.
# Rome
Italian crisis intensifies as rebels begin deserting Berlusconi
Members of his party are considering splitting from the former premier after he urged his ministers to pull out of the Government at the weekend.
# saints
These two former popes will be made saints in April next year
Pope Francis today announced the date for the canonisation ceremony which is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome.
# Sad Silvio
Italy's top court upholds Silvio Berlusconi's prison term
The former Italian prime minister is likely to face house arrest or community service because of his age after the court upheld his conviction for tax fraud.
# pope francis
The Catholic Church shouldn't fear structural renewal – Pope Francis
Pope Francis has called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times – but also advised priests and nuns to shun costly trappings so they can use more resources to help the poor.
# Holy See
Top officials at scandal-hit Vatican bank resign
It follows the arrest of a cleric who held accounts at the institution for alleged corruption.
# Rome
Pope names commission of inquiry into Vatican Bank
The commission will investigate the bank’s legal structure and the activities of the secretive financial institution.
# Doppelganger
Fake pope held in Rome for looking like John Paul II
It’s a (very) minor crime. Who knew?
# Home Sweet Home
Benedict to move back to the Vatican, two months after resignation
The Pope Emeritus is likely to return to the Vatican on Thursday, a spokesman for the Holy See said.
# Breaking
Update: Shooting outside premier's office in Italy
One man was arrested and two police officers injured in the incident.
RTÉ News chief 'satisified' with €167,000 cost of Pope coverage
Kevin Bakhurst said the cost of covering the change of Pope was €100,000 less than on the last occasion in 2005.
# bumper to bumper
Dublin now the 11th most congested city in Europe, down from sixth
Moscow in Russia is the most congested city in the world.
# New Job
Pope Francis presides over his first Good Friday ceremony
The pope has attended the Passion of Christ in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a torch-lit procession at the Colosseum later tonight.
# Pompeii
Photos: Exhibition examines daily lives destroyed by Vesuvius
The exhibition in the British Museum in central London seeks to shed light on the everyday lives of the people killed in Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD.
# Meredith Kercher
Italy court orders retrial for Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted on appeal in 2011 for the killing of Meredith Kercher – but now face a retrial.
# pope francis
In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration
In his address to the nearly 200,000 pilgrims the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.
# Vatican
LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass at the Vatican
Watch live proceedings from St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis formally commences his pontificate.
# pope francis
World leaders flock to Rome for Pope Francis' inauguration
City authorities are preparing for an influx of up to a million people to the city for the inaugural mass this morning.
# italian lessons
‘Bit of a mixed bag’ – Captain Heaslip reflects on Irish capitulation
Ireland finished the Six Nations campaign with just one win from five matches.
# Heave
Grassroots Rugby In The Rain Picture Of The Day
Garryowen took on Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road today.
# il papa
Pope Francis gives rare insight into what happened at conclave
The new pope said today he wants “a poor Church for the poor” and spoke about how his name was inspired by St Francis of Assisi.
# pope francis
The Ordinary Pontiff: Pope Francis pays hotel bill, carries his own luggage
Francis brushed off years of tradition and formality with a remarkable break in style, sending a message that he will reject many of the trappings enjoyed by the now-retired Benedict XVI.
# White Smoke
Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope
IN PICTURES: Twenty reactions to the election of the New World’s first pope.
# pope francis
Jorge Bergoglio's first words as Pope Francis
Here is the 76-year-old’s first speech in full.
# new guy
The new Pope's a football hipster, supports Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo
No heavyweights like River Plate for the new Pontiff.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added missing engagement ring
Here are all the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Conclave
Centuries-old rituals to be carried out as conclave begins
Cardinals will be sworn in with a solemn oath that threatens anyone who reveals the deliberations of the conclave with instant excommunication.
# White Smoke
Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?
There are currently 209 members of the College of Cardinals – but only 115 of them get a vote in choosing the new pontiff.
# 6 Nations
Ireland camp: Injury situation is GUBU, but Sexton 'a safe bet' for Rome
The Ireland camp are counting the available bodies at Carton House.
# pre-conclave
Frontrunners emerge in last day of pre-conclave talks
One of the cardinals in contention, Timothy Dolan, told an interviewer that anyone mentioning him as a candidate must be “smoking marijuana”.
Opinion: So much has come out to show the Vatican is dysfunctional
As we await the election of a new pope, Fr Tony Flannery believes that it is being increasingly accepted that the Vatican is in urgent need of reform.
# Shoot-out
Ex-militant killed in Rome security van shoot-out
The gunfire sparked panic in a busy area of the centre close to Santa Maria Maggiore, a major basilica popular with visiting pilgrims.