Pope Benedict XVI's trip will be the first papal visit to the island since John Paul II's historic trip in 1998. Two outdoor public Masses will give Benedict a chance to address the Cuban people, and all sides of Cuba's long political conflict will be looking for a little sympathy from the pope.
A rally organizers have billed as the "largest secular event in world history" will be held on the National Mall today. A new generation wants others to know atheists are more than just scolds; they're seeking human understanding, too.
The throngs of well-wishers stretched for miles along the highway from the airport when Pope Benedict XVI arrived Friday. The pontiff comes during a presidential campaign and amidst a brutal drug war that's terrified and desensitized much of the country.
People gathered around the country Friday to protest the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate on birth control coverage. They're also protesting what they see as a wider abridgment of religious liberties. While the protesters don't reflect most Americans' views, they do represent the views of evangelicals.
Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to celebrate not believing in God. Organizers say it is a chance for atheists to show their power in numbers and change their image.
Benedict XVI will be greeted by one of the world's largest Catholic populations when he visits Mexico on Friday. He is also traveling to Cuba, where the church has played an active role in seeking change.
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