Archive of July 22, 2008

Baby growing outside womb shows science can save both mother and child

Jul 22, 2008 - 11:15 pm .- Commenting on the recent birth of a baby who developed outside his mother’s womb, one of the doctors present at the delivery, Waldemir Rezende, said that the extraordinary results of the medical intervention show that it is always possible for science to save both the mother and the child.

U.S. bishops launch Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

Jul 22, 2008 - 08:12 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched “Natural Family Planning Awareness Week” to promote Catholic teaching about human sexuality, marital love, and responsible parenthood as the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae approaches.

Authorities stop study that would use adult stem cells to cure diabetes in Brazil

Jul 22, 2008 - 07:12 pm .- Brazilian media outlets are reporting that a study using adult stem cells to cure “type one” diabetes has been put on hold for two years by the country’s Ministry of Health department.

Archdiocese of Boston responds to attempted ordination of three women

Jul 22, 2008 - 05:06 pm .- The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement in response to a group that planned and performed an ordination ceremony for three women in Boston on Sunday. In the July 18 statement the archdiocese’s vicar general, Father Richard Erikson, explained Catholic teaching on the male-only priesthood and said the group, which calls itself Roman Catholic Womenpriests, is “not an entity of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Pope's tree flourishes while others wither

Jul 22, 2008 - 02:06 pm .- In the Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land stopping at one point to bless an olive tree on the Mount of the Beatitudes. A forester with the Jewish National Fund reports that this tree is the only one producing olives this year.

Pontifical council to focus on evangelization and secularization in Africa

Jul 22, 2008 - 10:59 am .- African members of the Pontifical Council for Culture as well as bishops in charge of the pastoral care for cultures will convene in Bagamoyo, Tanzania for a meeting on July 23-26 to discuss evangelization and the impact of secularization in Africa.

Despite pending talks, signs of peace in Zimbabwe doubted

Jul 22, 2008 - 09:50 am .- Although President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara signed an agreement to end the “polarization, divisions, conflict and intolerance” on Monday, Zimbabweans are still reeling from the crackdown by Mugabe’s political allies. Some citizens fear that more violence is yet to come.

Cardinal Rigali defends conscience protections for pro-life health workers

Jul 22, 2008 - 04:28 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has written a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress defending conscience protections for pro-life health care workers. According to the cardinal, due to a lack of executive action some institutions may be violating conscience protection laws “without even knowing it.”

Philippines Catholics to rally against government population policy

Jul 22, 2008 - 02:40 am .- Thousands of Catholic faithful are expected to attend a prayer rally and march at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Friday in protest of a proposed population policy. Some policy provisions would permit government funding for artificial birth control, while others would fully fund tubal ligations and vasectomies. The bill also proposes a non-mandatory “two child policy” and requires employers in collective bargaining agreements to fund contraceptives.

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