Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano won't step down early despite rumors
Napolitano denied newspaper reports on Saturday that claimed he was stepping down early to help resolve Italy's political stalemate.
Skeleton of first human-Neanderthal baby found
Scientists have found the remains of the first human/Neanderthal baby.
Shroud of Turin may have been used during Jesus’ lifetime: new study
Scientists from the University of Padua in Italy say new analysis shows the cloth dates from 280 BC to 220 AD.
Francis becomes first pope to wash women's feet (VIDEO)
Pope Francis washed the feet of two female young offenders on Holy Thursday, becoming the first pontiff ever to include women in the Easter ritual.
Italy: Bersani fails to form government, Napolitano seeking solution to political stalemate
Pier Luigi Bersani's Democratic Party has failed to win the support of other parties to form a government.
Pope Francis skips palatial appointment for modest 2-room apartment
Pope Francis continues to break Vatican traditions, eschews palatial residence for apartment.
Pope Francis criticized church at conclave says Cuban cardinal
Pope Francis said the Vatican needs to emerge from "theological narcissism" before he was selected as the new pontiff.
Caterpillar CEO optimistic on Europe
Caterpillar's bulldozers and tractors have been accumulating in warehouses due to slowing economies in China, Europe and the US.
Italy's foreign minister Guilio Terzi quits over Italian marines' return to India
Italy's Foreign Minister Guilio Terzi has resigned in protest at the government's decision to return two Italian marines to India to stand trial for murder.
Italian court orders retrial for Amanda Knox over ex-housemate's murder (VIDEO)
An Italian court has overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox and ordered a retrial over the murder of the American student's British housemate.
Berlusconi’s new prominence casts shadows over Italy’s future
Commentary: His problems with the justice system still haunt him, but he won’t go down without a fight.
Italian court weighs whether to reopen Amanda Knox sex-murder case
Prosecutors say they want another chance to prove Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are guilty of murdering Meredeth Kercher.
Planet Pic: Pope Francis leads first Palm Sunday Mass
More than 250,000 people crowded St. Peter's Square to watch Pope Francis celebrate his first Palm Sunday Mass.
Pier Luigi Bersani asked to form government after shaky Italian elections
Italy's president tasks center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani with forming government.
Italian marines return to India for murder trial
After days of tense negotiations, the Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen have flown back to Delhi to stand trial.
Italy sends back two Marines for trial in India
An earlier decision said the two soldiers would not return for a trial in India but that appears to have been reversed.
The significance of Pope Francis, first Jesuit pontiff
In electing a member of the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church for the first time elevates a 'foot soldier of the pope' to lead.
Act of God of the Day: Chavez nudges Christ to pick South American pope
Even in death, Chavez's politicking is not over.
Who was St. Francis of Assisi? New pope honors revered saint, Catholic name (VIDEO)
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose the name Francis after being elected pope.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Who is Pope Francis?
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who will go by Pope Francis, is the new leader of the Catholic Church.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected pope: White smoke rising in St. Peter's Square
The College of Cardinals has chosen a new pope, and the world now knows his name: Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
India PM warns Italy of 'consequences' after Italian marines skip bail
Indian PM Manmohan Singh warned Italy there would be 'consequences' if two Italian marines charged with murdering two Indian fisherman did not return to India.
Papal conclave: Pope Francis I chosen on second day (PHOTOS)
White smoke billowed over the Sistine Chapel as the faithful cheered for Pope Francis I in rain at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday.
Dennis Rodman heads to the Vatican to (maybe) visit the pope
Dennis Rodman is taking his unofficial diplomatic work very seriously these days, it seems.
Vatican apartments in Rome are neighbors to gay sauna
Awkward investments: department of the Vatican shares apartment premises with one of Europe's largest gay saunas.
Fun Fact of the Day: Hunger Games, Vaticano style
In recent memory, the papal conclave has generally been a rather quick affair — but that wasn't always the case.
White smoke rises: Pope Francis chosen (LIVE BLOG)
The papal conclave chose 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina.
Papal conclave begins without frontrunner
The papal conclave will take place in the Sistine Chapel and voting cardinals will live inside the Vatican - cut off from the world - until they elect a new pope.
For a new pope, issues of a global church
With Africa, Asia and Latin America now representing two-thirds of the world's Catholics, many faithful want a more global pope.
Picturing a global church
For its 1.2 billion adherents worldwide, the Catholic Church is at a fateful crossroads.
Italian marines charged with murder of Indian fishermen won't return to India to face trial
Italy's foreign ministry said Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone would not return to India to face trial over the killing of two Indian fishermen they mistook for pirates.