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...]

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...]

Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Madrid, Spain, Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain. Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group HazteOir.org. As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged … [Read more...]

Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Madrid, Spain, Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain. Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group HazteOir.org. As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop tells parents to not hinder son’s vocations

Madrid, Spain, Sep 28, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain called on parents to support their sons who feel they have a vocation to the priesthood and to consider it a gift from God for their families and the Church. “Mothers and fathers, if your son says he wants to go to the seminary, don’t hinder him in any way.  Don’t be responsible for hindering something from God,” the bishop said in his weekly pastoral … [Read more...]

Charity reports increase in poverty, inequality in Spain

Madrid, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Catholic charity Caritas' chapter in Spain has issued a new report showing that poverty, inequality and social injustice are on the rise in the European country. The findings were presented on Sept. 20 in Madrid by the secretary general of Caritas, Sebastian Mora, and the coordinator of the study team, Francisco Lorenzo. Caritas says that since the economic crisis began in Spain, the number of people who have received assistance from the … [Read more...]

Elderly woman who ruined fresco seeks church’s tourist proceeds

Zaragoza, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 12:14 am (CNA).- An 81-year-old woman whose failed restoration of a Spanish Catholic church’s 19th-century fresco became the laughingstock of the world now wants the church to pay her a portion of the funds it is collecting from tourists who want to see the ruined work of art.Cecilia Gimenez attempted to restore Elijah Garcia Martinez’s peeling “Ecce Homo” fresco of Jesus Christ at Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Zaragoza, Spain. The result … [Read more...]


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