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As the pontificate of Benedict XVI comes to an end, many American Catholics express a desire for change, says the Pew Forum on Religion and public life.
During discussions surrounding One Billion Rising, it was pointed out that, when it comes to creating a culture in which women may be viewed as inferior in some way, religion has a lot to answer for.
Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI appealed to Egypt and Iraq to do more to protect their Christian minorities.
Pope Benedict will focus on religious freedom during the first official State visit by a pontiff to Britain. But he will also face intense scrutiny.
In a pastoral letter to Irish Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI has told them that he shares their “dismay and sense of betrayal” over the sexual abuse of children and young people by priests.
The Pope is using his visit to the Czech Republic this week to call on the country's Catholic population to turn back to the Church. Loyalty to Catholicism appears to be declining in traditionally Catholic areas.