How Pope Francis took 2013 by storm
Analysis: Pope Francis has taken a Catholic Church in crisis and begun to remake it with his powerful brand of moral authority.
Santas take to the Grand Canal in Venice for the Christmas Regatta
Several Santas took part in the Christmas Regatta on Saturday by rowing on Venice's Grand Canal.
Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'
Father Renzo Lavatori says angels are a 'bit like sunlight' rather than winged, cherubic children or figurines that adorn Christmas trees.
The operation to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons is an impressive act of international cooperation
More than a dozen countries, not all of them friends, are working together to make this happen.
Berlusconi says arresting him would incite revolution in Italy
Berlusconi says Italian magistrates are politically biased against him and that they staged a "coup d'etat."
It's 'Suspended Coffee Day'!
You might not know what that is, but it's awesome.
World Cup 2014 set in Brazil with your choice for 'group of death'
Group G gets early consideration for 'group of death' with Germany, Ghana, Portugal and United States.
Pope Francis forms child sex abuse committee at Vatican
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will create a panel of international experts at the Vatican to address the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.
Italian paliament expels Silvio Berlusconi
Senate strips the former prime minister of his seat over a tax fraud conviction.
Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung erupt, spewing ash and lava into the sky
Italy's Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung in Indonesia have both erupted, spewing ash and lava into the sky while showering volcanic debris on surrounding areas.
Mount Etna erupts, again
Europe's most active and largest volcano erupts regularly, with the last major eruption occurring in 1992.
Pope Francis the sportsman praises rugby's 'loyalty, respect'
The pontiff meets IOC boss Bach, FIFA's Blatter and national rugby teams of Italy and Argentina — all in the same day.
14 unbelievably racist things European (and Canadian) politicians are saying about the Roma
Anti-Roma hate speech in Europe (and elsewhere) is nothing new. But somehow, it's always worse than you expect.
5 reasons you should stay off the Pope Francis bandwagon
Maybe we should think twice before buying into the hype.
21 reasons Pope Francis is everyone's Person of the Year
There's officially no room left on this bandwagon. Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013. Here's why.
60 Seconds on Earth: Baseball for the blind
Italy’s unique take on baseball helps the blind gain confidence.
Italy busts international child kidnapping ring
Police in Italy have busted an international ring of ex-special forces accused of conspiring to kidnap children involved in custody battles.
NSA spied on the pope, cardinals during last conclave, Italian magazine says
NSA eavesdropped on millions of Italian phone calls, including those from the Vatican, Panorama magazine says.
Italy's Mount Etna erupts with red lava (VIDEO)
The eruption closed down airspace in the area briefly but no villages were evacuated.
Eritrean refugees rally in Rome after shipwreck tragedy
Protesters called for more rights for migrants in Italy and against the regime of President Issaias Afeworki, who has ruled Eritrea since independence in 1993.
Hundreds of migrants rescued in sea off Italy
Patrol boats conducted five operations and those rescued included dozens of women and children, authorities said on Friday.
Milan court bans Silvio Berlusconi from office for two years
If approved, the former prime minister will be banned from holding office in Italy for two years after his conviction for tax fraud.
Thousands join protests against Italy's new austerity cuts
The protests, which included civil servants and transport workers, disrupted traffic across the country.
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.
Body of Nazi criminal Erich Priebke waits at Italian airport after protests halt funeral
The body of convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke is at an Italian military airport, and its final destination remains unclear.
Italy sends drones, warships to Mediterranean to watch for migrant ships
Italy has intensified its naval operations following two boat accidents that took the lives of some 400 people earlier this month.
German bishop faces grilling over lavish lifestyle
The 53-year-old bishop is under pressure to resign after using church funds to build himself a diocese headquarters with a museum, conference halls, a chapel and private apartments
Boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsizes near Italy, at least 34 dead
A migrant boat reportedly capsized between Sicily and Tunisia on Friday, leaving hundreds in the water.
The language of dumplings is universal
Who doesn't like a tiny present wrapped in dough?
Divers recover 32 more bodies from Italy refugee wreck
The death toll now stands at 143, while 155 others were rescued after their boat sank off the island of Lampedusa.
A European tragedy
Italy's Lampedusa horror spurs calls for action to help Europe's boat people.