In Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI sought to stress the importance of religion in public life as a way to find common ground with Jewish and Muslim groups.
His pilgrimage this week is also a chance to reassure Jews and Muslims about Vatican views.
Palestinians are building a stage to receive the pope beside Israel's separation barrier, but the Vatican says he will now speak at a nearby school.
On Monday, President Fernando Lugo admitted he had a son while still an ordained bishop
Pope Benedict XVI arrived Tuesday for his first visit as pope. The continent has seen a steady rise in religion, with Catholics making up one-fifth of the population.
Not only are engaged couples cutting back on wedding spending, some are also deciding that having the ceremony in a church adds meaning.
A bill to provide contraception is the first to reach House debate in this largely Roman Catholic country.
The Vatican is trying to clarify efforts to reconcile with a sharply right-wing set of bishops excommunicated in 1988.
The Vatican fears the EU effort might open the door to gay marriage. The US is staying silent.
But it's unclear if the Freedom of Choice Act imperils a doctor's right not to perform the procedure.
French politicians don't talk about faith openly. But President Sarkozy wants a more open discussion of the role of religion.
In a speech at Catholic University Thursday, he'll ask schools to strengthen their Catholic identity.
Preaching universal values at the UN, Benedict will urge followers to strengthen their Catholic identity.
With tension building as results from Saturday's elections trickle in, religious leaders are calling for restraint on all sides.
Roman Catholics' altered wording of a missal widely offensive to Jews still takes 'conversionist' approach.
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