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.
Waiting for the conclave at Santa Maria Maggiore
A walk through one of the world's most historic churches reveals a modern puzzle.
Can a Canadian save the Catholic Church?
Cardinal Marc Ouellet found his calling in Quebec at a time when religion there was in steep decline. Now he could be considered to become the next pope.
Marc Ouellet, Canadian cardinal, became priest after breaking leg playing hockey
Broken leg playing ice hockey led Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet into priesthood.
Islamists kill 7 foreign hostages in Nigeria
A Nigerian Islamist militant group's claims it has killed 7 foreign hostages kidnapped last month are credible, groups say.
Vatican prepares for conclave that will elect the next pope
The Vatican is busy with preparations for the gathering of cardinals that will decide the future of the Catholic church.
Sistine Chapel fitted with chimney as Vatican prepares for conclave (PHOTOS)
The chimney will emanate white smoke when the conclave has elected the new pope.
Italy credit rating drops after inconclusive election
Fitch downgrades Italy’s credit rating to BBB+ from A- and warns further drop possible.
Vatican's ancient library is set to go digital
Vatican set to put online a whopping 40 million pages of text spanning generations of literature, and will use 2.8 pedabytes of storage donated by The EMC Corporation.
David Rossi Monte dei Paschi bank media chief found dead
Monte dei Paschi, considered the world's oldest bank, is under investigation for hiding losses before the bailout.
Is traffic the latest sure-fire economic indicator?
INRIX started its business by compiling real-time geo-location data from 100 million vehicles in North America and Europe, but now, a deluge of data and smarter algorithm-writing have made INRIX a whole lot bigger.