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Nick Squires

  • Police smash Mafia drug smuggling plot

    A plot by Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia and one of America's most notorious crime families to smuggle hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of cocaine into Europe from South America was smashed yesterday (Tuesday) by arrests on both sides of the Atlantic. The criminal groups had been plotting to hide...

    Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 9:18am
  • Rise of the exorcist: 'God can beat his adversary, but Satan never ceases to work'

    Forty years after The Exorcist scared the wits out of cinema audiences around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is training up a new generation of priests to meet a growing demand for exorcism. Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests...

    Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 7:00am
  • Italy wants island back frm New Zealand buyer

    Italy plans to buy back an island off the coast of Sardinia just weeks after it was sold to a New Zealand businessman. The tiny island of Budelli, which is famous for its pink sandy beaches, was purchased last month for euros 2.94million (pounds 2.45million) by Michael Harte, 47.

    Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 9:01am
  • Pope Francis, master chef when it comes to a dish of paella

    Pope Francis starts his day at 4.15am, is a dab hand at making paella and once gave a baby a dummy dipped in whisky to stop it crying, according to a new book. "He always cooked fantastic paella for us," Angel Rossi, a Jesuit priest, told the Italian-born Argentine journalist, Elisabetta Pique,...

    Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 8:25am
  • Fiery Pope condemns 'kickback' culture

    Pontiff quotes Gospel of St Luke in fire-and-brimstone sermon against corruption, reports Nick Squires in Rome.

    Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 8:07am
  • The Father, the Son and the Spirit of cricket as Vatican forms team

    It may not be able to compete with the giants of the game, but at least it should get some divine intervention in the form of an LBW decision: the Vatican is forming its own cricket team. The team, to be called St Peter's Cricket Club, will recruit players from the 300 priests and seminarians...

    Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 6:00am
  • The Church could fall like a house of cards: Pope Francis

    Pope warns Roman Catholic hierarchy of "obsession" with rules

    Friday, 20 September 2013 - 8:37am
  • Tears and grappa as Costa Concordia rises from the rocks

    Salvage experts began working on Tuesday on stabilising the Costa Concordia to ensure the Italian authorities can enter the cruise ship to search for two bodies never recovered from the wreck. Authorities also want to recover 1,500 safes from the ship's cabins so that they can return passengers...

    Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - 1:35pm
  • Pope Francis draws more fans to Copacabana beach than Rolling Stones

    It was one of the key questions of the first overseas trip of the first pope from outside Europe in more than a millennium - would he pass the Mick Jagger test? The Rolling Stones drew a million fans to Copacabana beach, Rio's fabled arc of white sand, when they performed a concert in 2006....

    Sunday, 28 July 2013 - 7:00am
  • Overhaul of Vatican bank gathers pace

    The review is being orchestrated by a German banker, along with forensic accounting experts from Promontory Financial Group, a risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm which works in 50 countries.

    Monday, 22 July 2013 - 8:49am