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.
On European menus: all creatures great and small.
How to cook your horse
Equine recipes from around Europe.
Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail over wiretap case
Former Italian prime minister will spend a year in detention for leaking police wiretap transcripts to the public.
Microsoft hit with $731 million EU fine for breaking browser choice promise
European Union antitrust regulators say Microsoft failed to give users a web browser choice in Windows, violating commitment.
Italian election: president considering a technocrat government, sources say
Giorgio Napolitano, is considering appointing a new technocrat government led by a non-politician.
Renault Nissan CEO: European car market is collapsing
The gloom over the European car market is here to stay.
Mother Tekla: The most powerful woman in Rome
Mother Tekla Famiglietti, head of the Bridgettine Order, runs a small empire of hotels, restaurants, and guesthouses around the world. She has left a distinctive imprint at the Vat
Syria: From IT to rebel commander
Ayachi Abdel Rahman never imagined he would become a military leader, much less branded a terrorist.
Italy’s danger man
Will Beppe Grillo bring down the euro?
Italy election: Global stocks rally as politicians seek to resolve political gridlock
Global stocks rebounded as Italian politicians sought to end the gridlock following Monday's inconclusive election result.
On Location Video: The pope's legacy
The first pope to step down in 600 years, Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican in turmoil.
Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell
The pope said he resigned for the "good of the church" in his farewell address.
Pope says that he resigned for "good of the church" in farewell address
Pope Benedict XVI gives farewell address to estimated crowd of 150,000 before he officially steps down on Feb. 28.
As pope steps down, disinformation permeates Vatican crackdown on nuns
Accused of straying from Catholic theology and put under official investigation, tens of thousands of American nuns hope the next pope will end the 'Inquisition.'
Europe back to the brink
Political deadlock in Italy reignites fears for the euro's survival.
Chatter: No one wins Italy's election
Italy is left deadlocked after a crucial parliamentary vote, a hot air balloon crash kills tourists in Egypt, world powers try to persuade Iran to wind down its nuclear program, and Robin the Boy Wonder gets it.
Italy: Election stalemate causes financial turmoil
Italy faced political gridlock after the elections, causing world markets to react negatively.
US stocks fall as polls show divided Italian Parliament
European stocks originally swung higher on the news that the Democratic Party had a large lead.
Italy elections: still too close to call
Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to be gaining on Pier Luigi Bersani's center left in Italian elections that look destined for political gridlock.
Italy votes in general election
Italians fed up with austerity measures voted on Sunday in the country's most important election in a generation.
Austerity-hit Italians head to the polls in crucial election
Pier Luigi Bersani's party is expected to win narrowly but strong support for former comic Beppe Grillo could leave Italy without a clear winner.