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'The idea that there is a lobby of masons at work in the Vatican is an old one' (Photo: CNS)

Should we be worried that Pope Francis mentioned a masonic lobby in his famous press conference?

Faithful gather in front of a giant picture of Father Giuseppe Puglisi during his beatification ceremony in Palermo (Photo: PA)

Criticism comes after beatification ceremony for priest murdered by Cosa Nostra

An Orthodox church is reflected in an OSCE building in Montenegro (AP)

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Pope Francis gesticulates during yesterday's Angelus address (AP)

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ITALY MAFIA TRIAL

These days it’s very difficult for someone to simply disappear

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians

Pope Benedict XVI condemns the mafia

Pontiff speaks out against the ‘path of death’ of organised crime

Pope visits Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI condemns the mafia during a one-day trip to Palermo in Sicily

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass in Palermo, Sicily, on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI tells young people during a one-day trip to Sicily: ‘Don’t be afraid to fight evil’

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