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.
Religion in Europe, also in crisis
European leaders reach out to religion, but churches struggle with waning numbers.
Italy reports first case of coronavirus
Italy's health ministry said a 45-year-old man came down with the virus after recently traveling to Jordan.
FIFA introduces stricter anti-racism rules
The new rules were prompted by several incidents of racism at FIFA games in the past year.
Euro zone unemployment hits record high — again
Unemployment once again hit a record high in April in the euro zone, topping 12 percent.
Could fracking make the Persian Gulf irrelevant?
From NATO to China, the world watches America's energy revolution.
Soyuz docks at International Space Station (VIDEO)
The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran Russian cosmonaut, a rookie Italian astronaut and an American mother docked at the International Space Station in record time.
World's oldest Torah scroll found mislabeled in college library
The University of Bologna has found the world's oldest Torah scroll in the library.
Pope Francis asks mafia to 'convert to God' during Sunday mass
New pope called Father Pino Puglisi, killed by mafia gunmen in 1993, a martyr.
On Location Video: Solving one of the universe's greatest mysteries
Under a mile of rock, scientists hope to detect dark matter.
Millions of Italians stuck in poverty: Report
The poverty rate has more than doubled since 2010, according to Italy's national statistics institute.
Russia vs. Azerbaijan: the Eurovision edition
The latest example of how a contest of saccharine pop groups has been unable to keep itself above geopolitics.
Italian judge orders trial for Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino
Schettino will face trial over the cruise ship accident that killed 32 people last year when it struck a reef near the island of Giglio.
Pope Francis exorcism just simple prayer, Vatican says (VIDEO)
Holy See issues statement that denies Pope Francis performed an exorcism on Sunday.
Angela Merkel discusses Europe's economy with the Pope
During Merkel's 45-minute private meeting with Pope Francis, the pair spoke about regulating Europe's financial markets.
Thousands protest austerity in Rome
An expected 50,000 people rallied in Rome on Saturday, protesting austerity policy and high unemployment.