Archive of July 24, 2009

Ethicist hopes new breakthrough will eliminate ‘need’ to destroy human embryos

Jul 24, 2009 - 11:17 pm .- Two teams of Chinese researchers reported a medical breakthrough this morning, creating living mice from connective tissue that had been reverted to its embryonic state, a development that may eliminate the "need" to destroy human embryos for research.

Mother chooses life of child over cancer treatment

Jul 24, 2009 - 03:19 pm .- Though Mayra Sandoval died of cancer on July 8, her son Samuel is alive and healthy thanks to her insistence on choosing life, against the advice of doctors who urged her to abort. Now, Mayra’s husband and friends remember her as a powerful witness to the immeasurable value of life.

Benedict XVI’s presence is ‘moment of grace,’ says Aosta priest

Jul 24, 2009 - 03:04 pm .- Father Aldo Armellin, who is the Diocese of Aosta’s liaison with the villa at Les Combes where Pope Benedict XVI is on vacation, said local residents feel the Pontiff’s presence is “a moment of grace” and “an event capable of instilling new emotions.”

U.S. House votes down Pence Amendment intended to defund Planned Parenthood

Jul 24, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 247-183 against an amendment that would stop federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood through the Title X Family Planning programs.

Proposed abortion reduction bill a Planned Parenthood ‘stimulus package,’ bishops’ pro-life official says

Jul 24, 2009 - 01:13 pm .- An official with the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-life Activities has attacked a federal bill promising to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions, characterizing it as a "Planned Parenthood Economic Stimulus Package." She said increased abstinence among youth, not contraceptive access, should be encouraged.

‘Caritas in veritate’ is a guide for politics and a manual for the economy, says Italian minister

Jul 24, 2009 - 12:08 pm .- At a recent congress in Rome on Pope Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, Caritas in veritate, Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finances, Giulio Tremonti, said the document constitutes “a true guide for politics,” as it reaffirms the centrality of the human person in society.  

Benedict XVI meets with children of Les Combes

Jul 24, 2009 - 09:35 am .- Strolling yesterday evening in the Italian alpine resort of Les Combes, the Holy Father met with the town’s children as well with as a sick woman to whom he expressed the hope of a prompt recovery.

‘Smart’ Obama outreach to Catholics seeks to offset abortion concerns, commentator says

Jul 24, 2009 - 04:16 am .- Catholic commentator Deal Hudson says the Obama administration is engaging in "smart" outreach to Catholics by offsetting concerns about abortion with unifying rhetoric and compelling stories. In his view, this outreach also benefits from Republican inaction towards Hispanics and Catholics.

Romanian organized crime authorities detain three in human egg trafficking scheme

Jul 24, 2009 - 02:12 am .- Romanian authorities have detained two Israelis and a Romanian who are suspected of trafficking in human eggs for foreign couples who patronized their Bucharest-based fertility clinic.

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