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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Rome

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Fake pope held in Rome for looking like John Paul II
It’s a (very) minor crime. Who knew?
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.
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.
Dublin now the 11th most congested city in Europe, down from sixth
Moscow in Russia is the most congested city in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Bit of a mixed bag’ – Captain Heaslip reflects on Irish capitulation
Ireland finished the Six Nations campaign with just one win from five matches.
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.
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.
Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope
IN PICTURES: Twenty reactions to the election of the New World’s first pope.
Jorge Bergoglio's first words as Pope Francis
Here is the 76-year-old’s first speech in full.
The new Pope's a football hipster, supports Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo
No heavyweights like River Plate for the new Pontiff.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI
The life and times of the 265th Pope.
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.