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# rome - Sunday 17 March, 2013

From The42 ‘Bit of a mixed bag’ – Captain Heaslip reflects on Irish capitulation 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.

# rome - Saturday 16 March, 2013

From The42 Grassroots Rugby In The Rain Picture Of The Day Heave

Grassroots Rugby In The Rain Picture Of The Day

Garryowen took on Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road today.

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.

# rome - Friday 15 March, 2013

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.

# rome - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope

IN PICTURES: Twenty reactions to the election of the New World’s first pope.

# rome - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Jorge Bergoglio's first words as Pope Francis

Here is the 76-year-old’s first speech in full.

From The42 The new Pope's a football hipster, supports Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo New Guy

The new Pope's a football hipster, supports Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo

No heavyweights like River Plate for the new Pontiff.

# rome - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added missing engagement ring

Here are all the things we learned, loved and shared today.

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.

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.

# rome - Monday 11 March, 2013

From The42 Ireland camp: Injury situation is GUBU, but Sexton 'a safe bet' for Rome 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.

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”.

# rome - Monday 4 March, 2013

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.

# rome - Friday 1 March, 2013

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.

Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope

The tweets from the @pontifex Twitter account have been removed, with the account dormant awaiting a new pontiff.

# rome - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of Catholic Church

Cardinals will now meet to elect a successor, while the 85-year-old former Joseph Ratzinger will be known as ‘Pope Emeritus’.

Last day: Benedict XVI's papal powers expire at 7pm tonight

The pontiff will depart the Vatican later today to spend the next few months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo before he returns to the Vatican permanently to live a life of prayer and academic research.

# rome - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Benedict XVI holds final address before stepping down as pope

The 85-year-old enjoys an emotional sendoff, explaining his reasons for retiring and taking a final tour of St Peter’s Square.

Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure

Details of Pope Benedict’s life after his reign ends have emerged and include him swapping his trademark red shoes for a brown pair. His Fisherman’s Ring will also be destroyed.

# rome - Monday 25 February, 2013

Italian turnout drops in key national election

Leading the electoral field is Pier Luigi Bersani who supported tough measures pushed by incumbent Premier Mario Monti.

# rome - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Pope not 'abandoning the Church' as 100,000 attend Sunday prayer

An emotional Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his last Sunday prayer in St Peter’s Square in Rome.

Britain's top Catholic in 'inappropriate acts' row: report

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is due to vote on Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.

# rome - Saturday 23 February, 2013

From The42 6 Nations: Wales stay on championship track after swatting Italy aside Latest This post contains videos

6 Nations: Wales stay on championship track after swatting Italy aside

The defending champions look revived after their victory in France last time out.

Pope Benedict will remain in 'spiritual proximity' after his resignation

Speaking ahead of his resignation next week, Pope Benedict XVI said that God’s beauty was “constantly contradicted by the evil of this world, by suffering and by corruption.”

# rome - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Pope calls for Catholic Church to 'renew' as thousands flock to prayers

The Vatican said over 50,000 people had turned out to see the pope for his Sunday Angelus, while local authorities put the number at over 100,000.

Column: Pope Benedict saw sense by retiring early, John Paul II should have too

We need a pope that will listen to the wider church and wider world, writes Fr Seamus Ahearne, who reflects on the previous two popes’ achievements and failures.

# rome - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

A 12-century Irish saint reckons the next pope is the last

St Malachy – the first Irish saint to be canonised by a pope – had a prophecy concerning every pope between then and now.

# rome - Monday 11 February, 2013

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI The Pope This post contains images

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI

The life and times of the 265th Pope.

# rome - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Vatican receives around 600 abuse cases every year, says prosecutor

The Vatican’s new chief prosecutor said many of the cases date back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Work (finally) begins on Pompeii's €105 million makeover

The Roman city has come to symbolise the decades of mismanagement of many of Italy’s cultural treasures.

President Michael D Higgins travels to Italy for official visit

The President will meet with officials in Rome as well as visiting some historic sites with Irish connections.

# rome - Friday 18 January, 2013

New drawings revealed as restoration starts on Rome's Colosseum

Ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes have been uncovered.

# rome - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Bank card payments suspended in Vatican

Bank of Italy says the Vatican failed to fully implement anti money laundering legislation.

# rome - Friday 7 December, 2012

Monti clings to power as Berlusconi's party goes on the attack

Berlusconi’s supporters are arguing that Italy is economically far worse off than before.

# rome - Sunday 2 December, 2012

From The42 Rome to host 'green' Grand Prix in 2014 Vroom

Rome to host 'green' Grand Prix in 2014

The Formula E world championship is being backed by McLaren, which is supplying cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

# rome - Thursday 22 November, 2012

From The42 Spurs fans injured in Rome attack Violence

Spurs fans injured in Rome attack

A group of masked assailants trashed a popular pub in central Rome last night ahead of the game between Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur.

# rome - Saturday 17 November, 2012

From The42 November internationals: All Blacks backline muscle too much for Italy in Rome Read It And Weep

November internationals: All Blacks backline muscle too much for Italy in Rome

New Zealand broke the Italian resistance with surging second-half tries from Ma’a Nonu, Cory Jane and a Julian Savea double.

# rome - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Italy protesters stage anti-austerity 'No Monti Day'

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Rome to protest against the prime minister and austerity measures.

# rome - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Surprise cardinal appointments spark pope health concerns

Pope Benedict XVI today announced the unexpected appointment of six cardinals from outside Europe.

# rome - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.