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Boston abuse scandal: latest developments: The Boston Globe has published the full text of Cardinal Law's open letter to members of the Archdiocese of Boston. The paper also reports on a Catholic senator who wants to introduce a bill to make "supervisors liable". Boston Globe
European Jews and Catholics hold 'summit' meeting in Paris: Jewish and Catholic delegates from across Europe are meeting in Paris to discuss the state of their relations. Delegates praised Pope John Paul II for his historic gestures and for addressing difficult issues like anti-Semitism in Europe. Ananova
Catholic leaders refuse to meet Venezuelan President: Local Roman Catholic Church leaders have declined an invitation to meet with President Hugo Chavez. They say the Venezuelan leader must first drop his combative tone toward the church if he wishes to ease strained relations. Ananova
New Bible translation causes stir even before it's printed: Some conservative Christians are already saying that they will scrutinize the new translation of the Bible by the International Bible Society to make sure the publishers haven't succumbed to "political correctness" in their adoption of gender-neutral wording. Just 30 percent of the changes in the TNIV are related to gender. And the new edition still uses male pronouns to refer to God and Jesus. Chicago Tribune
Tourist beaten to death over religious argument in Indonesia: Four youths in Indonesia's third largest city have killed a German tourist after a drunken argument over religion. Kompas newspaper identified the victim as Thomas Fritsch, 42.
Bible smuggler gets jail not death: China, on Eve of Bush's Visit, Goes Easy on Bible Smuggler. NY Times
Nine Network announces new lifestyle program "Body and Soul": Presented by former Sale of the Century co-host Karina Brown, actor Paul Mercurio, Human Nature's Toby Allen and newcomer Erika Heynatz, body + soul will provide the ultimate DIY program for the mind and body. Each episode will feature new directions in health, beauty and fitness, It will focus on relationships, spiritual health and self-image. COMMENT: Well, it does go to prove that there is a market out there for spirituality if Kerry Packer is now entering the race. The hunger is there but why aren't people finding it satisfied in Church?. Nine Network Media Release