Obama warned against visiting al Aqsa mosque

Palestinian political and religious leaders on Sunday stressed that US President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise its “Muslim sovereignty.” Obama will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories

Pope calls on world to keep Christians safe

Pope Benedict has asked governments to do more to ensure Christians can practice their faith without discrimination or violence. He also called on Pakistan to repeal its anti-blasphemy laws. Pope Benedict used his annual address to ambassadors to the Holy See to lobby for religious freedoms for Christians living in majority-Muslim countries.