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Priests unhappy with euro church offering: Italian priests say they are getting less money after the country ditched the lira for the euro. Father Carlo Silva, from Cantu in northern Italy, wrote in his parish bulletin that the weekly offering had fallen 70%. He is urging his flock not to save low denomination coins for the offering at Mass. Ananova
Link: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_506024.html?menu=

Vatican backs UN agreement on chemical weapons: The Vatican has given its juridical, moral and symbolic support to a 1970s UN convention aimed at eliminating chemical weapons from the world. Zenit
Link: http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=15580

British Freemasons seek to end aura of mystery: Britain's freemasons will soon be identifiable by the shirts they wear and journals they read rather than by their handshake, as the secretive society seeks to shed its mysterious image. The Times newspaper said on Monday a week of events has been planned for late June including public visits to Masonic Lodges. Reuters
Link: http://asia.news.yahoo.com/reuters/asia-86346.html

New Gender-Neutral Bible Planned: The International Bible Society said on Monday that America's best-selling modern Bible is about to get an update using gender-neutral wording, despite past criticism of that idea from conservatives. The revision will be called "Today's New International Version," or TNIV. The original "New International Version," which has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide since 1978, will remain on the market. AP/LA Times
Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-new-bible0128jan28.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dnation%2Dheadlines

Leprosy still a world health problem: Rome (Fides) - In these times of cloning and manipulation of genes, leprosy has still to be eliminated, in fact there are parts of the world where it is spreading. This situation is the result of a conspiracy of superficiality, underdevelopment and disinterest on the part of states and pharmaceutics manufacturers. Fides
Link: http://www.fides.org/bnews/ebn2000/ebnews020126c.html

Released dove flies back into Pope's studio: Pope John Paul II had a surprise on Sunday when a dove of peace that was released as he gave his weekly public greeting in the Vatican City flew back inside. Ananova
Link: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_505775.html?menu=


29-Jan-02