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.