May 9: Pope Benedict XVI, citing "exceptional circumstances," waives the usual five-year waiting period and opens the cause of Beatification for Pope John Paul II. This is the first step towards Canonization. The current Pope's decision is announced on May 13.
June 28: Camillo Cardinal Ruini inaugurates the diocesan phase of the cause for Beatification for Pope John Paul II in the Lateran Basilica.
August 9: The Kansas Board of Education drafted new "science standards that require critical analysis of evolution – including scientific evidence refuting the theory." This may allow the teaching of intelligent design in Kansas schools.