In Germany, there are increasing calls by Catholic groups for Pope Benedict to make a statement about a growing scandal involving violence and sexual abuse. The latest chapter involves allegations of such abuse against children in a boys' choir. For more on the sex scandal, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Nikolaus Piper, and Deutsche Welle reports.
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Mehmet Ali Agca was released from a prison on the outskirts of Ankara and taken away in a motorcade. In 1983, two years after his incarceration, the pontiff visited Agca and forgave him for the shooting. Yet, authorities are still unsure what motivated the assassination attempt. Agca is said to be mentally unstable and even told reporters today that he is a messenger of God.
In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Israel on Monday on a highly politicized visit, during which he paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust. Peter Eisner examines the pope's words in the wake of controversy surrounding some of the religious leader's previous comments and actions.