Doctor charges governments with ignoring causes of infertility

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2012 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- An Italian doctor who specializes in treating newborns says governments are not working to prevent infertility because of financial reasons."They would have to get rid of mercury in food, environmental pollution and endocrine disrupting chemicals, which cause infertility, and that would cost money," Doctor Carlo Bellieni said in a Nov. 28 interview with CNA."The State isn't encouraging public debate because it would mean … [Read more...]

Mountain rescuer keeps faith while seeking the lost

Anchorage, Alaska, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA).- Geologists Katharine Bull and Robert Gillis only planned to work for a couple hours in the mountains around Portage Glacier on Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The weather was clear, but that changes on a dime in Alaska.Shortly after a helicopter dropped them off in separate locations, the weather turned, making it too dangerous to return. Bull and Gillis spent the night alone in the cold, whipping rain and murky fog.The next day, as … [Read more...]

Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or … [Read more...]

Pope says Advent is a time to listen to God

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has said Advent is a time to extend God’s “kingdom of love” and to reflect on the coming of Jesus into the world.“Amid the turmoil of the world, or the deserts of indifference and materialism, Christians accept salvation from God and witness with a different way of life, like a city set on a hill,” said Pope Benedict during his Dec. 2 Angelus comments at St. Peter’s Square.The … [Read more...]

St. Clement of Alexandria historically celebrated Dec. 4

Denver, Colo., Dec 2, 2012 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dec. 4 was once the traditional feast day of an early Christian theological author whose legacy is controversial, but who is cited as a saint in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and has been described as such in several addresses of Pope Benedict XVI. The writer in question is Saint Clement of Alexandria, who led the city's famous Catechetical School during the late second century. Clement is not always referred to as a saint … [Read more...]

Theologian says China to have largest Christian population

Rome, Italy, Dec 1, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- During a recent book launch in Rome, a noted theologian said that China will be home to the majority of the world's Christians within the next two decades. “Interfaith dialogue is something that China, which will have the world's largest Christian population in 20 years, lives with every day,” said Harvey Cox during the presentation at the city's Jesuit Gregorian University. Cox presented the book “Catholic … [Read more...]

Missionhurst priest reflects on 99 years

Arlington, Va., Dec 1, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- As his 99th birthday approaches, Missionhurst Father John Morel hardly seems as if he’s a man reaching the century mark. Sure, he sometimes struggles to remember certain dates. And he said he now feels the incline on the walk from the Missionhurst chapel in Arlington to his residence next door.But Father Morel clearly still can recall memories from his childhood — events and dates and even who-said-what-whens. He reads the newspaper … [Read more...]