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Pharmaceutical Leader Sees No Need to Use Human Embryos

BERLIN, AUG. 31, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Bucking the view of German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the president of the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association says it is not necessary to use stem cells from human embryos to develop new medications.

Belgian Jesuit, 82, Killed in Congo

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of the Congo, AUG. 31, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Belgian-born Jesuit Emil Jouret, 82, was found dead here Tuesday, the victim of an apparent robbery.

Irish Missionary Killed in Philippines

MALABANG, Philippines, AUG. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Vatican Radio confirmed reports that an Irish missionary was killed Tuesday by four armed men in Malabang, on the island of Mindanao.

3 Slain in Church in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, AUG. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Three people, including two boys aged 11 and 16, were killed by Hutu rebels in a church where they had sought refuge.

Saudis Holding 8 Christians in Custody

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, AUG. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Eight Christians have been arrested in police raids in Saudi Arabia since mid-July, the Vatican agency Fides reported.