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.
Slightly more than 51 percent of Berliners said ‘no’ to a measure to give students an option to study the religion of their choosing.
Journalist and former priest James Carroll uses his own life as a lens through which to explore contemporary American Catholicism.
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.
Protestants and Catholics unify in vigils to protest the violence.