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Potential economic gains are no reason for California voters to approve a ballot measure that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana for recreational use, said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland. • The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, a Vietnamese who spent 13 years in prison in Communist Vietnam—nine of them in solitary confinement. • Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned government leaders and legislators not to back a law allowing in vitro fertilization, adding that the practice resembled Nazi-era eugenics. • Calling poverty “an insult to our common humanity,” the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York, said, “We have the means to bring an end to poverty. Do we have the will?” • The Vatican has urged Iraq not to carry out the death sentence meted out on Oct. 26 to Iraq’s former foreign minister Tariq Aziz, a Chaldean Catholic. • More than 30 Bolivian journalists, protesting a new anti-discrimination law that they believe could limit press freedom, gave up a hunger strike after 14 days at the urging of church officials.

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