CP World Report: Coptic Pope, Prostitution Laws, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bart Ehrman

Picking a new pope for Egypt's Orthodox church could take months, Church officials say. The debate is now on, over the political role the next leader should have as Islamists rise to power. Since then Christians have seen an increase in attacks. Pope Shenouda III led the Church for four decades and was seen as a voice for the Christian Copts. Christians are fearful since his death. Making it much worse is that Egypt has just faced another political crisis as Islamist parties that dominate parliament moved to seize control of the assembly that will write Egypt's next constitution. Opposition parties, who initiated the Arab Spring protests that toppled Mubarak last year, reacted by vowing to boycott the constitution writing process, and are now calling for a renewal of street demonstrations.

An Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that two out of three parts of Canada's anti-prostitution laws are unconstitutional. The five-judge panel argued that the ban puts prostitutes in danger, saying they should be allowed to work under safe conditions indoors. The court had been debating three major laws surrounding prostitution, and deemed two laws out of the three needed to be reworked. The law against communication for the purposes of prostitution has been upheld.

Pope Benedict has paid his first papal visit to Cuba in 14 years. And it drew many Cuban ex-patriots back to the country as Patrick Oppmann reports

The former chief of the International Monetary Fund--Dominique Strauss-Kahn—has been charged in France with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring, Strauss-Kahn has been linked with a number of sex scandals in the past year, including the attempted rape of a chambermaid, which torpedoed his plan to run for the French presidency -- but he has not been convicted of any crime.

A warning to B.C concerning debri from the Japan earthquake and Tsumani arriving onshore. The internationally dubbed "ghost ship" is on its way. It was spotted earlier this week drifting 150 nautical miles off the southern coast. The Japanese Coast Guard has confirmed that the ship's owner reported the fishing vessel missing after the March 11, 2011 tsunami. No one is on board. Debri has already been reported along the BC shores as they await the Ghost ship with no plans to stop it, but it is being monitored to see where it goes.


About a book this time: With Good Friday and Easter not long off, a new book that answers questions surrounding the existence of Christ. It's entitled: "Did Jesus Exist?" It's authored by Bart Ehrman--a Scholar, professor and leading authority on the early church. He asserts that to deny Jesus' existence flies in the face of common sense based on archeological evidence….from excavations to…. inscriptions and consistencies of written records. Archaeological discoveries confirm the ruling priests Jesus encountered in the precincts of Jerusalem's famous temple. Modern evidence of the remains of those who were crucified have also been discovered to be consistent with Scriptures.

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