Sunday, January 23, 2011

Briefs: Germany won't send drug for executions

Germany won't send drug for executions

Germany's health minister is urging the nation's leading drug companies and distributors to ignore requests from the United States for sodium thiopental, used to anesthetize inmates being executed.

Supplies of the drug are growing short in the United States after the sole U.S. manufacturer ceased production.

Pope says marriage not an absolute right

Pope Benedict XVI told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding.

Benedict made the comments in his annual speech to the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal that decides marriage annulments. He said the right to a church wedding requires that the bride and groom intend to celebrate and live the marriage truthfully and authentically.

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