BENEDICT THE UNLIKELY PIN-UP POPE
Benedict XVI, the shy former disciple of that most media-friendly of popes, John Paul II, has entered an area of the mass communications market that his predecessor apparently never tapped. More here.
VATICAN REFUSES TO SIGN UN'S DISABILITY TREATY.
The Vatican has indicated that, at present, it will not be signing a new, widely-heralded international treaty to protect the rights and dignity of people living with disabilities. The UN-sanctioned treaty needs to be ratified by individual member states, and Britain is among those who have made an early indication of their intention to do so. More here.
POPE NAMES INDIAN SCIENTIST TO PONTIFICAL ACADEMY
By Michael Gonsalves, Pune, Dec 17 : Pope Benedict XVI has appointed noted space scientist K. Kasturirangan as a member of the prestigious Rome-based Pontifical Academy of Sciences - and the Indian said he was "extremely delighted"." More here.