Today Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II (twice), made a religious-political pilgrimage to the United Nations.
The pope offered a vision of a world in which faith can draw the world's peoples and cultures together instead of pushing them apart.
Pope Benedict spoke from the perspective of a committed internationalist. This was evident from the very fact that he accepted the invitation to speak at the UN.
Simple free market driven development, where success is measured by increases in per capita GDP, runs the risk of leaving out the poorest and most marginalized peoples.
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was saved from the Holocaust as an infant by his Polish Catholic nanny, who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. He recalls a conversation with Pope Benedict XVI about that experience. More
After President Bush's April 16 White House meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY managing editor Kim Lawton looks at how Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain continue their appeals to Catholic voters.
Watch this narrated slideshow as carpenter - and Catholic deacon - Dave Cahoon constructs the altar furniture for Thursday's Papal Mass.
Producer Patti Hanley and I were on the press list to cover Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the White House this morning.
The White House has been keeping details of the pope's visit under wraps, but last week a few officials from the president's and First Lady's staff briefed reporters on some of lighter touches of their pontiff-planning.