MARCH 15, 2009, Vol 59, No 6

SCIENTISTS, THEOLOGIANS AND PHILOSOPHERS will gather from Mar 3-7 in Rome for a Vatican-sponsored congress marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s theory on evolution.

VATICAN CITY – Blessed Damien de Veuster, a missionary priest who served patients with Hansen’s disease in Hawaii, will be canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct 11 at the Vatican, the Vatican said.

The same day the pope will also canonise Blessed Jeanne Jugan, who founded the Little Sisters of the Poor, and three others.

Human train wreck, or pro-life emblem? The convoluted story of Nadya Suleman, the 33-year-old unmarried mother who recently gave birth to octuplets in California, made the headlines in newspapers around the world, including The Straits Times (illustration, right) in Singapore. Her story is really a mixed bag of messages

WHILE RECENTLY READING a book from 1992 called "Big World, Small Screen: The Role of Television in American Society", I ran across a table with suggestions for parents on how to deal with television in the life of their children.

TOKYO – An Academy Award-winning director is planning a movie on Japanese Christians martyred in the 17th century.

Martin Scorsese will film the movie in New Zealand and release it in 2010, according to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun.