Up to 500 migrants may have drowned in Mediterranean tragedy
"The boat was going down, down. All the people died in a matter of minutes. After the shipwreck we were drifted at sea for a few days, without food, without anything."
History sleuths track down Leonardo da Vinci's living relatives
Italian researchers have found some 35 indirect descendants of the Renaissance genius, including a star on Italy's contemporary art scene.
Italy wants common European defense after Brussels attacks
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Tuesday for a 'European pact for freedom and security' following attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.
It's official: Mother Teresa will be made a saint
The move comes 19 years after the death of the Albanian nun who dedicated much of her adult life to working with the poor in the slums of Kolkata, India.
Apple will pay Italy $348 million to settle tax fraud probe
Apple has agreed to pay Italy $348 million to settle a tax dispute after the US tech giant was investigated for suspected fraud, the country's tax agency.
Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope
Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them.
Vatican interrogates journalist over leaks
'The accusations are crazy,' the journalist facing criminal proceedings for revealing Vatican secrets said. 'Such restrictive laws do not exist in any democratic state.'
Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards
Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church's approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday.
Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?
To date, the Holy See has completely avoided prison and fines, despite the thousands of accused sex abusers in its ranks.
Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year
US-POPE-ABORTION:Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year
Pope Francis and the revolution in Vatican foreign policy
Francis assembled a "progressive" brain trust of mayors this week to focus on climate and modern-day slavery.
Berlusconi thinks he's going to be Putin's next economy minister
The Kremlin says Putin's offer was more 'figurative' than real.
Now that Boston's out, who should host the Olympics?
They may be nine years away, but the competition to host the 2024 Summer Games is already hot.
Meet an Italian nun who's been helping sex trafficking victims for 20 years
Sister Rita Giaretta gives shelter and comfort to migrant women fleeing sexual abuse.
'I was a slave': Nigerian women escape sexual bondage in Italy
Among the surge of boat migrants into Europe are thousands of trafficked women. Some are starting new lives.
Italy: Ground zero in Europe’s humanitarian crisis
137,000 people fleeing wars and poverty arrived at southern European ports during the first half of this year.
Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian
The pontiff's toughest condemnation of the weapons industry to date came during a youth rally during his trip to Turin.
Pope Francis channels Saint Francis to save the planet
Analysis: Pope Francis delivers the message on climate change the world needs to hear.
Fault lines surface as the Vatican's climate encyclical leaks
The hotly anticipated document has been posted early.
Vatican removes de facto immunity for bishops concealing sex abuse
A new tribunal will weigh allegations against top clergy.
Pope backs a new tribunal to probe bishops over sexual abuse
The move is unprecedented, but some advocates say it isn't enough.
Argentine FIFA suspect detained in Italy
Alejandro Burzaco turned himself in.
Pope Francis and Europe's escalating refugee crisis
As thousands of boat migrants inundate the Mediterranean, the church does what it can.
International effort rescues over 5,000 Mediterranean migrants
The corpses of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel on Sunday along with 454 survivors.
And the latest place to ban Uber is ... Italy
The San Francisco-based company has 15 weeks to comply with the ruling.
Italy reports 3,600 migrant rescues in two days
Most of those who arrived in Catania had been picked up by the British warship HMS Bulwark and were Somali and Nigerian, port officials said.
Nurse becomes Italy's second Ebola case
The patient was working in Sierra Leone with a medical charity.
Strangers mourn the deaths of the anonymous in Malta
This is the world in which we live.
The cost of Europe's failed migrant rescue policy: 1,694 lives and counting
Fewer rescue boats means more deaths.
The most disturbing part of this tragedy is no one really knows how many people were killed
It could be a few hundred. It could be almost a thousand. Either way, the European Union appears to be finally waking up to the problem.
The world's most deadly migrant route just got deadlier
So many of the world's current crises can be traced back to the chaos engulfing Libya.