Pope Francis delivers a special Urbi et Orbi blessing in an empty Saint Peter's Square, praying for the end of the coronavirus pandemic and offering a plenary indulgence to repentant sinners before San Marcello al Corso's miraculous crucifix, which was moved from its original church in Rome two days ago.
Two American teenagers are arrested in Rome for extortion and murder of an Italian military officer.
106 of the 108 papal nuncios and other papal diplomatic representatives meet in Rome for three days of meetings. On the final day, Pope Francis presides at a Mass with the nuncios.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 between Addis Ababa and Rome is diverted to land at Geneva in an attempted hijacking by the co-pilot who claims to be seeking political asylum.
Seven-time Prime Minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti dies in Rome at the age of 94 years.
As part of the Maundy Thursday service Pope Francis washes the feet of prisoners at a juvenile detention centre in Rome, Italy.
Riot police clash with protesters in Rome, with at least 70 people reportedly injured after masked rioters infiltrate the peaceful protests and attack property in the city.
Seven Italian officials are investigated for manslaughter relating to the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
Sandro Bondi, Italy's minister of culture, calls for a boycott of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival after a documentary on the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake was included in the programme.
At a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter's Square, Rome, Pope Benedict XVI tells tens of thousands of people about the recent "petty gossip" he has been subjected to, thought to mean the child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, though he fails to directly mention the scandal.