VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appeared in good shape on Saturday as he addressed the faithful two days after a woman knocked him down at the start of Christmas Eve Mass.
Benedict spoke about the plight of persecuted Christians around the world and did not mention the incident in his message to a crowd gathered in a rainy St. Peter's Square.
On the day Christians commemorate St. Stephen, the church's first martyr, the pope remembered those who "undergo trials and suffering because of their faith" and urged prayers for them.
Bolivians allowed to grow coca plants
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LA PAZ, Bolivia — President Evo Morales said Saturday that he plans to make it legal for Bolivia's farmers to grow small parcels of coca plants.
Morales, who also heads a coca growers association, said he wants to permit individual farmers to cultivate coca plots of 130 feet by 130 feet. Coca leaf is the key ingredient of cocaine.
The president predicted the measure will be enacted, noting he won re-election Dec. 6 with 64 percent of the vote and commands a strong majority in the national legislature.
Six family members found shot in Mexico
CIUDAD JUAREZ — Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Chihuahua say they found the bullet-riddled bodies of six members of the same family in a mountainous area.
No motive was given for the killing, but drug trafficking, illegal logging and drug cultivation are all common in the northern region.
State prosecutors' spokesman Eduardo Esparza says the victims are men between the ages of 45 and 55, and all from the same family.