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.
Italian lawmakers propose Berlusconi expulsion
An Italian Senate committee on Friday proposed Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from parliament following his criminal conviction, dealing a further humiliating blow to the embattled billionaire tycoon.
Italy mourns 300 feared dead in migrant shipwreck
Emergency services on the remote island said they had recovered 111 bodies so far and rescued 155 survivors from a boat with an estimated 450 to 500 people on board.
Nearly 100 die in migrant boat disaster off Italian coast near Lampedusa
At least 93 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island.
Berlusconi backs away from threatening to topple Italian coalition
Berlusconi suffers blow after backing down over threat to bring down government.
Pope Francis criticizes 'leprosy' and 'Vatican-centric' attitude in Catholic Church
The pope's comments appeared in Italian newspaper La Repubblica as he began a three-day meeting with cardinals to discuss reforms.
Today in history: Hitler gets the go-ahead
75 years ago today, the Munich treaty was signed and the word 'appeasement' entered the English language.
Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII to be declared saints
Pope Francis said the two deceased popes would be canonized next year.
Human remains found near Costa Concordia wreck (VIDEO)
The bodies of two missing crash victims may have been found near the Costa Concordia wreck, which was recently raised upright from the sea.
Barilla pasta says no to gays in ads, sparks boycott
Chairman Guido Barilla says his family's Barilla pasta company won't use gay families in ads 'because we like traditional family," adding if gays don't like it, 'they can always eat another brand of pasta.'
Former Pope Benedict XVI denies role in child sex abuse cover-up
It is the first public comments Benedict XVI has made on the issue since resigned in February.
Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman for crash
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino at his trial on Monday blamed the ship's Indonesian helmsman for last year's crash, saying he failed to follow orders.
Pope Francis slams global economic system for worshipping 'god of money'
Speaking in Cagliari, Sardina, Francis told the crowds 'we don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm.'
Pope Francis: Catholic church can't 'interfere' in lives of homosexuals
Francis said in an interview released Thursday he wants to focus on social issues instead of gay marriage, abortion, and contraception.
Raising the Costa Concordia
Engineers on Monday raised the half-submerged Costa Concordia from where it has lain since coming aground off the Italian island of Giglio in January.
Costa Concordia raised upright (VIDEO)
Working through the night, engineers on Tuesday managed to lift the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship back upright.
Costa Concordia salvage operation begins
Engineers will attempt to pull the wrecked Costa Concordia into an upright position, over a year and a half since the cruise ship went down.
Pope Francis drives himself around the Vatican in a used Renault 4
An Italian priest said he was surprised when Pope Francis accepted his gift of a used Renault 4 to drive himself around the Vatican.
World faithful fast and pray for peace in Syria
Pope Francis said he will attend the four-hour prayer session in St Peter's Square.
Vatican envoy sacked over child sex probe in Dominican Republic
Monsignor Josef Wesolowski accused of having sex with young boys in Dominican Republic.
What's in a selfie?
Pope Francis is hip. He's with it.
Family: Amanda Knox won't return to Italy for new murder trial
Italy's Supreme Court ordered another trial for US student Amanda Knox in the killing of Meredith Kercher.
'Hello, it's the Pope calling:' Yes, Pope Francis is phoning the masses
Francis has been making personal calls to those who have written him or suffered a personal tragedy.
German tourist killed in gondola accident in Venice
The man was crushed to death during a gondola ride on the Grand Canal.
'Mona Lisa' tomb opened in Florence
Italian scientists opened the tomb of of Lisa Gherardini's family hoping to use DNA to identify the model for Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa.'
6 migrants from Africa drown off coast Sicily; 100 rescued
More than 100 migrants, reportedly from Syria, were rescued following the shipwreck that left six other migrants dead off the coast of Sicily.