Pope Benedict XVI plans on Sunday during his state visit to Britain to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, who converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism.
Heading into this week's summit of Afghan allies in London, the top US general in Afghanistan said he supported President Hamid Karzai's plan to reach out to the Taliban.
The Vatican on Tuesday opened the way for Anglican communities to switch allegiance en masse. Hundreds of thousands of Anglicans angry over the church's liberal stance on women and gays may convert.
Experts say recent attacks back up the findings of a controversial Department of Homeland Security report.
His pilgrimage this week is also a chance to reassure Jews and Muslims about Vatican views.
Preaching universal values at the UN, Benedict will urge followers to strengthen their Catholic identity.