UK Christian couple denied right to be foster parents

Political refugees in Laos and Libya, together with court cases in India and Britain, led the list of items in this week's international digest. Quirky stories about the origins of Biblical blue, and the gender breakdown of Vatican citizens added to the mix.

Filipino students develop iPhone Rosary app (ucanews)

Scholar rediscovers exact shade of Biblical blue (CathNews USA)

Critical shortage of food and water for Christians in Laos (Christian Today)

Pope John Paul II beatification strikes special chord among Romans (Catholic News Service)

2002 train carnage verdict dismays Indian Christians (UCAnews)

Only 32 female citizens in Vatican city (Herald Sun) 

UK court says couple can't be foster parents due to their beliefs (Catholic News Agency)

First same-sex divorce granted in Mexico (Catholic News Agency)

Nuncio in Libya seeks aid for fleeing Eritreans (Zenit)

NZ cathedral sign of a city in ruin (Catholic Leader)

German church offers $7000 to abuse victims (

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