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Collection for Holy Land Planned for Good Friday

VATICAN CITY, MAR. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- On Good Friday all dioceses worldwide are asked to contribute to the Pontifical Collection for the Holy Places, to help “brothers in Jerusalem who live in poverty.”

Bombay Gets Two New Auxiliary Bishops

NEW DELHI, India, MAR. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has appointed two seminary staffers, Father Percival Joseph Fernandes and Father Agnelo Rufino Gracias, as auxiliary bishops for the Bombay Archdiocese.

Mexico´s Farewell to St. Thérèse of Lisieux

MEXICO CITY, MAR. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- More than 5,000 people gathered in the Sports Palace here to bid farewell to the relics of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, after a tour that included visits to 35 Mexican dioceses.

Oil From Seized Mafia Estate to Be Blessed

VATICAN CITY, MAR. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- During the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, a cardinal will bless oil produced in Sicilian lands confiscated from the Mafia, and will allocate the oil to the administration of sacraments.

U.S. Lawmakers Aim to Ban Human Cloning

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAR. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Federal lawmakers are planning legislation outlawing experiments to clone humans, and the White House says President George W. Bush would sign such a bill, the Associated Press reported.