Several Jewish Holocaust survivors and their descendants are taking action to prevent Pope Benedict from signing a decree declaring that Pope Pius XII is a Saint. They argue that if the Vatican proceeds with this action, it will seriously jeopardize the relationship between Catholics and Jews.
Voters in California approved their Ballot Proposition 8 by 52 percent to 48 percent, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. It inserts the following brief 14-word sentence into the California Constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
The Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut ruled 4-3 on October 10 that same sex marriage must be allowed in that state. The case was initiated by eight homosexual couples in Connecticut over four years ago, and was spearheaded by attorneys from Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Religious leaders in California representing many different denominations have issued calls to their congregations to fast and pray, asking God's blessing on their efforts to help passage of Proposition 8.
The Baylor Religion Survey, which was released by researchers with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on September 11, revealed that a majority of American still hold some pretty traditional beliefs — including a belief in guardian angels.