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Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi casting her vote (PA)

Virginia Raggi, a member of the protest Five Star Movement, has been elected mayor of Italy’s capital

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of the Italian bishops' conference (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Bagnasco said same-sex unions had been put on a par with marriage and the difference was one of vocabulary

Pope Francis prays during the opening session of the Italian Episcopal Conference (AP)

Pope Francis opened the Italian bishops’ conference annual assembly in the Vatican

Fr Laurence Soper (EPA/Metropolitan Police)

Fr Laurence Soper was arrested in 2010 but disappeared after failing to answer bail

Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Forte said the family was at risk of being taken over by a ‘new vision for society’

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, where Mother Angelica's funeral will take place (Carol M Highsmith)

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The San Francesco di Paola in Naples

Despite the sadness and despair, and the traffic, the city remains a great jewel

Pope Francis arrives for an audience with nuns and priests in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican (AP)

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Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops' conference, talks with a married couple as they leave the opening session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco spoke out as the Italian Senate prepares to vote on a bill recognising civil unions