Tom Kington was born and raised in London and has worked as a journalist in London, Lebanon and Italy. He now lives in Rome and covers Italy for The Los Angeles Times, while also contributing to The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Sky News and The Scotsman.

Statue of Limitations

Osama’s family business has bought into the Carrara quarries, which supplied the marble for some of Christianity’s greatest icons—and for the Freedom Tower in New York City.

Royal Rumble

Queen Elizabeth will come face-to-face with Pope Francis, an Argentine who has publicly criticized Britain for seizing the disputed Falkland Islands.

Let’s Make a Deal

A couple of con men tried to talk their way into the notorious Vatican Bank. They seemed to think they’d be right at home. But Pope Francis is cleaning house.