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Kabul Court to Resume Christians´ Trial Saturday

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, SEPT. 28, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Taliban Supreme Court announced it will resume trial proceedings Saturday against eight Western aid workers who have been jailed in the Afghan capital on charges of preaching Christianity, the Compass news agency reported.

U.S. Ambassador for Religious Liberty Nominated

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The White House nominated John V. Hanford, a longtime foreign affairs aide to U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, to be U.S. ambassador at large for international religious liberty, the Washington Times reported.

Vatican: U.S. Action Could Be Seen as Self-Defense

YEREVAN, Armenia, SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican today repeated its view that if the United States had to resort to force to protect its citizens from future threats, such action could be considered as legitimate self-defense.

Court to Rule Whether Catholic Group Must Pay for Contraception

SAN FRANCISCO, California, SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The California Supreme Court has agreed to review an appeals court decision requiring a Catholic charity to comply with a state law demanding employers include contraception in health plans that cover prescription drugs.

Italian Town to Help Rebuild N.Y. Church

NEW YORK, SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- A Greek Orthodox church destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center will receive $500,000 for reconstruction from the mayor of Bari, Italy, the Associated Press reported.

High School Friend Had Told Wojtyla About Genocide

YEREVAN, Armenia, SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II knows the history of Armenia´s martyrdom from his school days, not only because he studied it in books, but because he learned about it from one of his high school friends.

Court to Rule Whether Catholic Group Must Pay for Contraception

SAN FRANCISCO, California, SEPT. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The California Supreme Court has agreed to review an appeals court decision requiring a Catholic charity to comply with a state law demanding employers include contraception in health plans that cover prescription drugs.

Bishop Ricken to Succeed Hart in Cheyenne

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 26, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph H. Hart, 70, of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Coadjutor Bishop David L. Ricken will now become ordinary of the diocese.