Pope in Sunday address: Pray for me and next pope (PHOTOS)
Pope Benedict XVI delivered his penultimate Sunday address from the window of his private studio overlooking St. Peter's Square.
Vatican may hold conclave to elect the next pope early
The conclave to elect the pope's successor is not supposed to occur for 15 to 20 days after the current pope steps down.
An African pope? Don't bet on it
Vatican watchers predict Italians or Latin Americans are most likely to claim St. Peter's throne.
Berlusconi defends bribery as "necessary"
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claims bribes are just part of doing business.
Pope Benedict XVI approves German lawyer to head troubled Vatican bank
Outgoing pope appoints Ernst von Freyberg as head of Vatican bank, prior to his planned Feb. 28 retirement.
Retiring Pope Benedict XVI tells priests he will be "hidden to the world"
The Vatican confirmed the Pope hit his head during a trip to Mexico in 2012.
Europeans find horsemeat scandal hard to digest
As police launch a continent-wide criminal investigation, fresh revelations are uncovering a murky world of food trading behind ready-made-meals.
Can the Catholic Church outgrow the pope’s antediluvian philosophy?
Commentary: The cardinals who will chose a successor are also not attuned to the modern world.
Pope Benedict XVI leads his final mass on Ash Wednesday (VIDEO)
The Pope presided over his final mass Wednesday at St. Peter's Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI: I'm resigning for the good of the Church
In his first speech since announcing the resignation, Pope Benedict XVI said he was resigning for the "good of the Church."
Witness to a resignation: Cardinal details Benedict XVI's surprise abdication (VIDEO)
Cardinal Arinze: We all "looked at the other -- in silence, in surprise."
Bikini photos of pregnant Kate Middleton to be published in Australian magazine
A magazine in Australia has reportedly paid $150,000 for the bikini photos of pregnant Kate Middleton on a private beach in Mustique with Prince William and her sister, Pippa.
Lighting strikes Vatican soon after Pope announcement (VIDEO)
Mother Nature responds to Catholicism's Holy Father.
Finmeccanica boss Guiseppe Orsi arrested on corruption charges
The CEO of Italian defense group Finmeccanica, Guiseppe Orsi, is being held over allegations that he bribed government officials in India.
Raw Feed Video: Pope’s resignation greeted with suspicion
Visitors to the Vatican don’t believe the official explanation
Catholics everywhere have something to say
The world reacts to the pope's shocking announcement.
Will Vatican white smoke usher in the first black pope?
Why Africa might take the ecclesial lead.
Goodbye, Pope Benedict XVI: Some of us will miss you
After the pope's resignation was announced, thanks from the Twitter faithful mixed with a deluge of snark, puns, and vitriol directed at @pontifex.
Pope Benedict XVI to resign Feb. 28
The pope's resignation will be the first of its kind in 600 years, and already there is talk of who will take his place.
Is time up for the world’s oldest bank?
Analysts warn problems at 540-year-old Siena institution signal trouble ahead for Italy.
Fascism mounts a comeback in Italy
As Italy prepares for elections, Mussolini, the father of Fascism, is casting a long shadow.
Battle looms over Europe's fiscal future with budget talks
Fiscal showdown: Lines are drawn in Brussels as Europe's budget talks begin.
Sex slaves are unceremoniously dumped back in Nigeria
After being tricked into sexual servitude, women are ostracized by family and government.
Juju trafficking: one Nigerian woman's prostitution ordeal
After enduring gunfire, starvation and the sex trade, Amaka Chinye summoned the strength to overcome her oppressors.
Nigerian shamans and traffickers use juju magic to force women into prostitution
Traditional magic, not force, compels thousands of women to work as prostitutes in the West.
Why a ‘small’ bailout for little Cyprus is a big deal
Commentary: Letting one member fail can be contagious for the rest of the euro zone.
US pilot's body found off coast of Italy
The body of US Air Force pilot Lucas Gruenther was found off the coast of Italy three days after his F-16 went missing.
Costa Concordia captain says he will 'certainly' command ship again
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, is back in court to contest his firing.
Foreign policy for profit
Obama's political guru David Axelrod joins a long line of American politicos who are working outside their usual stomping grounds.
Pope’s dove of peace attacked by seagull
Pope Benedict XVI released a dove at the Vatican's Peter's Square, where it was almost immediately attacked by a seagull.
Berlusconi praises Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day
In a speech in Milan Sunday commemorating the Holocaust, Berlusconi took the time to defend Mussolini and his policies.