A chorus of international voices have strongly condemned a plan by a US church to burn copies of the Koran.
The French interior minister said Monday that he would meet the senior Catholic cardinal in France, after the Vatican criticised France’s crackdown on its Roma communities.
The Supreme Court in the US has declined to hear an appeal by the Vatican for immunity in a high-profile paedophilia case.
Pope Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to take action while he was a cardinal in the Vatican against a US priest accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys.
Pope Benedict XVI summoned Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops to the Vatican on Monday to discuss how to respond to revelations that the Irish church covered up decades of child abuse by priests.