Nobel-winning stem cell work helps curtail embryonic research

Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 8, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine, for helping to “put human embryonic stem cell research largely out of business.”Yamanaka and John B. Gurdon, researchers in cell biology, were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about the generation of stem cells.“Yamanaka will be remembered … [Read more...]

Moroccan navy prevents Dutch abortion ship from entering waters

Rabat, Morocco, Oct 8, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Moroccan officials ordered a Dutch ship that provides abortions to leave its territorial waters after the vessel attempted to approach the country's port of Smir. According to Dutch radio, the group Women on Waves had announced that the ship would dock in Smir on Oct.4, but Moroccan warships blocked its entrance.   The organization later said it had secretly sent a small yacht to Smir several days earlier in apparent anticipation of a … [Read more...]

Pope promotes rediscovering Rosary during Year of Faith

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is suggesting that families and parishes rediscover the prayer of the Rosary in the Year of Faith, which begins later this week.“With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives,” the Pope said Oct. 7 in his Sunday Angelus comments.The Rosary, which … [Read more...]

Indiana priest found after scare in Greece

Indianapolis, Ind., Oct 8, 2012 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest from Indiana who disappeared in Greece after telling his family he believed he was in danger has been located and is trying to return to the U.S. The family of Fr. Christiaan Kappes of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said he made contact with them in the early morning of Oct. 8. He said he and his translator safely left the country, Indiana’s Fox 59 News reports. The archdiocese said it is … [Read more...]

Vatican’s prosecutor appointed as bishop for Malta

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of prosecuting clergy abuse cases, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta on Oct. 6.“I’m eager to be with my people and be a bishop for them – which means giving your life for them,” the bishop-designate told Malta's Sunday Times.He will be ordained a bishop on Nov. 24, and will assist Archbishop Paul Cremona as a … [Read more...]

Italy’s oldest Capuchin friar reflects on following St. Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 8, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct.4, the oldest Capuchin friar in Italy said his life as a follower of the 13th century saint “has been a blessing.” Father Giulio Criminesi, 74, entered the minor seminary at the age of 12. In 1957 he began his novitiate at the very first monastery of the Capuchin order in the town of Camerino, and was later ordained a priest in Loreto. In an … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod aims to reverse ‘tsunami of secularism’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 2012 Synod of Bishops on evangelization began its second day with a call for the Catholic Church to roll back the “tsunami of secularism” that has swept over modern society in recent decades.“It is almost as if this tsunami, this wave has washed across everything we lived by and simply took most of it away,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Oct 8.“We have experienced, I believe, in … [Read more...]