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An image of Agnès Sorel, the 15th-century royal mistress and fashion trendsetter (CNS)

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Simone Lia (Dan Fone) Below: A scene from her graphic novel Please God, Find Me A Husband!

The graphic novelist explains how a bunny rabbit, a neglected boy and a group of Mormons led her back to the Catholic Church

A temple built in the 5th-century BC by Greek colonisers in Selinunte, Sicily (AP)

Seeking out Sicily’s treasures

Money, care and time has been spent on restoring the historic sights of the island

A beach of the SIcilian island off Lampedusa (PA)

More than 80 African migrants reported to have died after boat sinks off southern Italian island

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (CNS)

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POPE ARRIVES TO CELEBRATE MASS IN PALERMO

But the island is home to great beauty

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’

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing at the end of a youth meeting in Sicily (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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