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Issue Date:  March 3, 2006


The five Hubl siblings -- Alois, Rose, Charles, William and John -- of Lawrence, Neb., and their spouses -- Randi, John, Frances, Patricia and Eileen -- celebrated a combined 279 years of marriage Feb. 12, which was World Marriage Day, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The Hubls’ parents -- J. John and Frances Hubl -- were married 56 years. That’s an average of 55.8 years of marriage per couple. Among them, the five couples have 27 children, 77 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Italian ice hockey goalie Jason Muzzatti wears a helmet with an image of Pope John Paul II. In preliminary round play against Switzerland at the XX Winter Olympic Games Feb. 21, Muzzatti stopped 22 shots on goal. The match ended in a 3-3 tie and Switzerland advanced to quarterfinal play.

Msgr. Bernard Prince, an official of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1991 to 2004, voluntarily returned from Rome to Pembroke, Canada, last month to answer two allegations of sexual abuse. He was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse involving seven individuals dating back more than 30 years. A police spokeswoman said that in making his decision to return to Canada Feb. 14, Prince was aware of the prospect of other charges.

In an interview with Italian state television, Roberto Calderoli, Italy’s right-wing minister of institutional reforms, said that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi asked him to resign after Calderoli pledged to wear and distribute T-shirts printed with cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that have provoked violent protests among Muslims.

Chiara Kovarik, a 17-year-old senior at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn., has published a book, Interviews with Muslim Women of Pakistan, based on research she did while visiting Pakistan in 2001. She asked 10 women 10 questions about being Muslim, being women and their expected gender roles.

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National Catholic Reporter, March 3, 2006

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