On Pope Francis's first visit outside Rome, to a tiny Sicilian island that is the primary point of entry into Europe for African migrants, Pope Francis challenged everyone to take responsibility for the migrants' desperation, urging them not to have 'anesthesia of the heart.'
The "melting pot" has been glorified, vilified, and dismissed as obsolete. But both census data and the stories of millions of individual immigrants indicate that the not-always-easy process of assimilation is alive and well.
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's infamous former premier, was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life for paying an underage Moroccan prostitute for sex during so-called 'bunga bunga' parties.
Italy earthquake: Italy's Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the quake occurred at 12:33 p.m. in a mountainous region near the Tuscan coast between the provinces of Massa e Carrara and Lucca.
The actor who played Tony Soprano was remembered for his talent and his respect for others by HBO, the channel which aired the hit series 'The Sopranos,' in a statement released Wednesday. Gandolfini had a varied career from Broadway to television and film.