Medical ethics are increasingly clashing with Catholic morality, Pope John Paul II said Monday as he urged respect for doctors who object to procedures or treatments for religious reasons.
"Until quite recently, medical ethics in general and Catholic morality were rarely in disagreement," the pontiff told a group of Catholic gynecologists and obstetricians.
"But this has now changed profoundly," the pope said. He cited a number of scientific developments that concern the church, including drugs that cause abortion or prevent conception, in vitro fertilization, the use of embryonic stem cells in transplants, and cloning projects.
"Faced with that tension, we must remember that there is a middle path which opens up before Catholic health workers who are faithful to their conscience," he said. "It is the path of conscientious objection, which ought to be respected by all, especially legislators."
2 photographers accused
of invading Fayed's privacy
PARIS (AP) -- Two photographers who were cleared of blame in the death of Princess Diana were placed under investigation Monday on suspicion of invading the privacy of her companion, Dodi Fayed.
The case stems from a complaint by Fayed's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, a lawyer for the photographers said. Fayed claims they invaded his son's privacy when they photographed him on the night of the high-speed crash that killed Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul.
The two photographers, Serge Benhamou and Laszlo Veres, were among nine photographers and one motorcyclist cleared of blame in the three deaths.
Judge Herve Stephan ruled that alcohol, drugs and excessive speed -- all on the part of the driver, Paul -- caused the Aug. 31, 1997, crash in Paris, and that the photographers' behavior was not a crime.
Remains of WWI soldiers
are unearthed in France
LILLE, France (AP) -- Archaeologists said Monday they have unearthed the remains of 24 British World War I soldiers at the construction site of a BMW car factory.
The skeletons were found three weeks ago on the site between the towns of Saint-Laurent-Blangy and Athies, said Alain Jacques, head of the archaeological service of the nearby city of Arras.
Twenty of the corpses were found in a mass grave, Jacques said. They are believed to have belonged to a regiment based in northern Britain that fought in the Battle of Arras during April and May 1917, Jacques said.
The remains of three others were found buried in a hole with munitions. Another soldier who is believed to have fought with the Royal Naval Division was discovered apart from the others.
U.S. Embassy official
shot by Liberian guard
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- A U.S. Embassy official was in stable condition Monday after he was shot by a guard at a checkpoint in Liberia.
The Liberian government said Sgt. James Michael Newton, the embassy's assistant military attache, was shot before dawn Sunday after he tried to crash through a checkpoint near the presidential offices.
The U.S. Embassy's political officer said U.S. officials were investigating the shooting. A statement from the Liberian Foreign Ministry appeared to blame the American.
"The government of Liberia views the incident as unfortunate and one that could have been avoided if the checkpoint had not been smashed and normal security procedures violated," the statement said.
Newton was taken to a hospital in Ivory Coast. U.S. officials planned to fly him to a hospital in Germany for further treatment.