Ethicist: IVF mix-up shows danger of artificial reproduction

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral pitfalls surrounding artificial reproduction, some ethicists say. Brendan Foht, assistant editor of the bioethics journal “The New Atlantis”, told CNA that “this kind of mix-up is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored … [Read more...]

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Calls for peace abound after shooting of Missouri teenager

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 16, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid protests and heavy police action following the shooting of the teenaged Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., political and faith leaders have called for peace and just action from both civilians and police forces. “These scenes in the communities of Ferguson and Dellwood reflect the current state of our country and world,” wrote Fr. Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center in St. Louis and resident of … [Read more...]

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Interreligious leaders call for two-state solution in Holy Land

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 30 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Gaza conflict in a strongly-worded statement issued on Thursday. “This tragic escalation of violence demonstrates once again that there is no such thing as a stable status-quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the leaders insisted in the Aug. 14 message. “It is more urgent than ever that the … [Read more...]

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Va. asks Supreme Court to delay same-sex marriages in Virginia

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Local Virginia representatives are asking the Supreme Court to uphold the definition of marriage as existing between a man and a woman following a federal Appeals Court’s decision not to postpone same sex marriages in the state. “The last word on the marriage lawsuits in America rests with the U.S. Supreme Court, said Byron Babione, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who represents Prince William County Clerk of Court … [Read more...]

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(Explicit) Planned Parenthood’s violent sex advice to minors draws criticism

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 15, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA).- An undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood facility giving instruction in dangerous sexual practices to an apparently underage girl shows that the abortion provider should not be receiving taxpayer funds, a critic has said.A Live Action investigator posing as a fifteen-year-old girl recorded a counselor at a Planned Parenthood in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area who advised her about violent sexual practices.The counselor told the … [Read more...]

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Religious, academic leaders call for more US action in Iraq

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both academic and religious leaders, in the U.S. and abroad, have urged greater U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, which had displaced hundreds of thousands of religious minorities from their homes under threat of death. “Before the harsh and heartbreaking realities further afflict these families, the United States of America, also due to their prior involvement in Iraq, the European Union, and the … [Read more...]

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Christian pastor faces new threat from Sunnis in Iranian prison

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saeed Abedini, a pastor who holds American citizenship and has been captive in Iran for nearly two years, faces new dangers and death threats from fellow prisoners, say his family’s representatives. “Not only is Pastor Saeed facing threats from Iranian militants who have imprisoned him because of his Christian faith,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said Aug. 13; “he now … [Read more...]

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