Vatican bank opens website in transparency drive
The Vatican bank opened its web site www.ior.va on Wednesday as it steps up efforts to improve its tarnished image after a succession of scandals and repeated criticisms of its lack of transparency.
Mass funeral held for Italy bus crash victims
Thousands of mourners gathered in the Italian village of Pozzuoli on Tuesday where a mass funeral was held for the 38 victims of Sunday's bus crash.
Italy bus crash, in photos
A pilgrimage ended in tragedy for the passengers on board a bus that crashed near Naples on Sunday evening.
Italy: At least 38 killed in Avellino bus accident (PHOTOS)
The bus plunged off a bridge while on its way back from a visit to a Catholic shrine.
Italy: bananas thrown at the country’s first black cabinet minister
It’s just the latest in a string of racist taunts and threats the Congolese-born Italian citizen has had to endure since her appointment in April.
Ippo the zonkey doing well after birth in Italy (VIDEO)
Meet Ippo the zonkey — part zebra, part donkey, part love.
Pope Francis tells World Youth Day to shun 'ephemeral idols' (VIDEO)
Pope Francis visited Virgin of Aparecida, the so-called black Mary or Brazilian Mary, to deliver World Youth Day mass at Brazil's most revered Catholic shrine.
Five Costa Concordia employees convicted for deadly shipwreck
Plea bargains have been accepted for five suspects in the deadly wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, while Captain Francesco Schettino remains on trial.
Italy: Bunga bunga party recruiters found guilty in Milan court
Lele Mora, an entertainment agent, television host Emilio Fede, and showgirl-turned-politician Nicole Minetti were found guilty.
Panama releases ex-CIA officer held over cleric's 'extraordinary rendition'
Ex-CIA officer Robert Seldon Lady, convicted in Italy of kidnapping a terror suspect, was detained and then released by Panama.
Pope Francis, SuperPapa
The new head of the Catholic Church is moving fast to stamp his style on the Vatican. But will he prompt a papal revolution?
Pope Francis offers purgatory pass through Twitter, TV screens
Vatican says there are ways to spend less time in purgatory and more time getting close to God — like Twitter, for example.
Italian senator Roberto Calderoli compares black minister to orangutan
Senator Roberto Calderoli said at a party meeting recently that Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first ever black minister, looked like one of the apes.
Pope Francis horrified by new life-size statue of himself in Buenos Aires
Pope Francis to Argentine priest: Let my statue go.
Pope increases punishment for child abuse crimes in Vatican
Pope Francis signed a law that broadens the scope of punishment for sexual crimes against children and money laundering in the Vatican city state.
Pope visits Italy's 'migrant island' of Lampedusa
Pope Francis pays an official visit to Lampedusa, where thousands of undocumented immigrants arrive from Africa each year in a bid to reach Europe.
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to become saints
Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, has been fast-tracked to sainthood.
John Paul II miracles 'confirmed'
Sainthood requires Vatican theologians to "confirm" at least two posthumous miracles.
Priest arrested in Vatican bank probe
A probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank has netted a priest, arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption.
Pope orders Vatican bank probe
Inquiry commission is the latest attempt to clean up the bank's murky reputation.
Berlusconi sentenced to 7 years in Rubygate prostitution case
Former PM likely to appeal conviction for paying for underage sex.
James Gandolfini's body is on a private flight to New York
HBO officials said a funeral was scheduled for the actor at a church in Manhattan on Thursday.
Brazil beats Italy at Confederations Cup, but protests continue outside arena
Fred scored twice, Neymar adds stunning free kick as host Brazil beats Italy 4-2.
Body of James Gandolfini 'found by son'
Actor James Gandolfini suffered cardiac arrest in Rome and subsequently died in a hospital in the Italian capital, a doctor confirmed.
Is Italy on a collision course with Europe?
Italy's coalition government presents new policies aimed to turn the economy around.
Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury trade marriage views at Vatican
Pope Francis welcomes Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Vatican for the first time.
'Gay lobby' is at work in the Vatican, Pope claims in private speech leaked to media
Pope Francis admitted that there is "corruption" in the Vatican and also mentioned a "gay lobby." What exactly did he mean?
Did the Mafia help Berlusconi rise to power?
A trial in Sicily is investigating whether leading politicians made a deal with the mob to end a campaign of violence.
Ahead of the G8, N. Ireland gives its shop fronts a superficial facelift
Northern Ireland spends $3M putting glorified stickers on the front of derelict buildings.
Berlusconi's defence says bunga bunga parties are a myth
Prosecutors claim that during one of the alleged bunga bunga sex parties, Italy's former premier slept with an underage Moroccan prostitute.
26 photos that suggest tear gas unites us all
Security forces, it seems, are the same wherever you go. From Ferguson to Dhaka to Manama, protests of the last few years look eerily similar.