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A new law in Indiana banning abortions based on potential disabilities, gender and race “reflects the love that God has for everyone by affirming that every human life is sacred,” Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis said on March 24. • The United Nations on March 31 announced more than 100 new alleged victims of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Central African Republic, dramatically widening the scope of an abuse scandal among U.N. forces that has persisted for months. • A Vatican spokesperson confirmed on March 31 an investigation of former officials of the Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital in a case involving the financing of remodeling work on the residence of former Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. • Pro-life advocates expressed dismay with new Food and Drug Administration guidelines, announced on March 30, that allow the use of RU-486 later into pregnancy and with fewer visits to a doctor. • The pope’s “Franciscus” account on Instagram, launched on March 19, became the “fastest growing account on Instagram to date,” according to an Instagram spokesperson, when it hit the million-follower mark in just 12 hours.

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