Pope Benedict XVI left Prague on Monday afternoon after a three-day visit in Czech Republic. He hailed the fall of communism in eastern Europe on Saturday, shortly before the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
A Basque bishop on Saturday criticised the Roman Catholic Church's silence over the killing of 14 priests by General Franco's forces during Spain's 1936-39 civil war. Historians estimate half a million people died in the war.
US President Barack Obama on Friday promised to reduce the number of abortions in America during his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, while also urging the pope to continue pushing for Middle East peace.
Four people were killed and 34 wounded in a bomb attack outside a Catholic church as churchgoers filed out of the Immaculate Conception cathedral in Cotabato city. Two of the dead were soldiers guarding the church, police sources said.
The Roman Catholic order of Christian Brothers will review how much compensation it can pay the victims of sexual abuse and violence at Irish schools following the publication of a report on abuse at institutions the order ran beginning in the 1930s.