Pope Francis has flown in to a papal residence near Rome for an unprecedented encounter with "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI.
The pope's former butler has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican that revealed fraud and intrigue.
Greece has begun a second day of coalition talks under the gun from financial markets and world powers after elections won by a pro-euro party.
Greece raced to form a coalition by the end of Monday after an election victory by pro-bailout parties eased global fears of a Greek eurozone exit.
Catholic leaders from around the world will meet next week for a conference to combat child abuse which will include a penitential service.
Emergency services are searching for those still missing as honeymooners and a crew member have been rescued from the cruise ship wreck near Italy.
Three people have died and several went missing after a cruise ship accident off an Italian island sparked chaos as passengers tried to get off.
The EU is headed for Rome for talks as the Italian treasury launches a €10-billion bond sale to try to stem the nation's debt crisis.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to resign after a parliamentary revolt and a wave of market panic that has shaken the eurozone.
Tunisia's interim president on Wednesday promised a "total break" with the past and hailed "a revolution of dignity and liberty".