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Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the ...Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the Vatican at the end of the Pope's weekly general audience on April 2, 2014.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport...U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome‘s airport. Read more

Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.

Green, white and red smoke in the colour...Green, white and red smoke in the colours of the Italian flag are left in the air over the Vittorio Emanuele monument by the Italian Air Force aerobatic unit "Frecce Tricolori" marking the anniversary of Italian national unification on March 17, 2014 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

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The Italian Air Force’s aerobatic unit “Frecce Tricolori” marks the anniversary of Italian national unification Read more

enice Carnival 2014...VENICE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25:  Three people dressed in Carnival Costumes pose at the Doge Palace on February 25, 2014 in Venice, Italy. The 2014 Carnival of Venice will run from February 15 to March 4 and includes a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events.  (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

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Three people dressed in Carnival costumes pose at the Doge’s Palace on Tuesday in Venice. The 2014 Carnival of Venice runs until March 4 and will include a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events.

Italy's Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome February 17, 2014. Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed within the next few months.

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Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months

ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PACKAGE  'SICILY'S MIGRANT SOCCER TEAM' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY...ATTENTION EDITORS - 24 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'SICILY'S MIGRANT SOCCER TEAM' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY  SEARCH 'ASD MINEO' FOR ALL PICTURES PXP101-PXP124    ASD Mineo's 25-man amateur squad is made up of African migrants who risked their lives to cross the sea - a journey that killed hundreds of others in shipwrecks. Their team, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by the managers of the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, one of Europe's largest such shelters. ASD Mineo, as the team is called, is registered in the lowest category of Italy's official football pyramid, which groups 600 divisions and in which, in theory, any team can rise to the top of the league, or Serie A. The team is on track to advance to the next division in its first season. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT

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Amateur footballers at Italian team ASD Mineo are all African migrants who risked their lives to cross the sea. The 25-man squad, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by managers from the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, one of Europe’s largest. The team is registered in the lowest category of Italy’s official football pyramid, which groups 600 divisions and in which, in theory, any team can rise to the top of the league, or Serie A. The team is on track to advance to the next division in its first season. Read more

Members of Casapound far-right organization wear masks in the colours of the Italian flag before a demonstration organised by "People from pitchfork movement" to protest against economic insecurity and the government in downtown Rome. Italy's "pitchfork" protests spread to Rome on Thursday when hundreds of students clashed with police and threw firecrackers outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference.

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Members of the Casapound far-right organisation wear masks in the colours of the Italian flag before a demonstration organised by “People from pitchfork movement” to protest against economic insecurity and the government. Italy’s “Pitchfork” protests spread to Rome on Thursday, with hundreds of students clashing with police and throwing firecrackers outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference.‘

Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Monday. The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily yesterday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from Catania had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down.

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Lava flows from Mount Etna, the volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Monday. The eruption forced the closure of Catania airport due to the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said.

A cruise ship sails out from Trieste harbor, northern Italy, at sunset.

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A cruise ship sails out from Trieste harbour, northern Italy, at sunset