Quest for ethical stem cells prompts moral questions

Washington D.C., Aug 23, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first human trials for the treatment of blindness using induced pluripotent stem cells has brought the hope of creating stem cell therapies that do not rely upon destroyed embryos back in the public eye.However, moral and medical questions surrounding the research on “iPSCs” have raised questions about whether the process is living up to its hopes of providing an innovative advance in biotechnology without relying on … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day teaches us about the human person, archbishop says

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- In light of the modern crisis of misunderstanding the human person, American social activist Dorothy Day is a model for viewing humanity correctly, says Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.After her conversion to the Catholic faith, the 20th century advocate for the poor went on “to lead a transfigured life, in the image of Jesus Christ,” the archbishop wrote in an Aug. 9 column for “The … [Read more...]

Pope calls for anti-human trafficking meeting at Vatican

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- At Pope Francis' request, Vatican experts will gather this upcoming November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking.“We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas of our time and that he has had enough trust in our Catholic institutions to ask us to arrange this working group,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the … [Read more...]

National Catholic Reporter’s $2.3 million grant to cover religious sisters

Kansas City, Mo., Aug 22, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Amid continued controversy over the Catholic identity of U.S. women religious, a dissenting Catholic newspaper has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to cover religious sisters locally and globally.Brad Myers, a senior program officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative, confirmed to CNA on Aug. 22 that the foundation board last week approved a three-year, $2.3 million grant to the Kansas City, … [Read more...]

Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” said Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in an Aug. 21 press … [Read more...]

Bishop: Abortion-supporting stance should bar lawmakers from Eucharist

La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 22, 2013 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- The adjunct secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Archbishop José Fuentes, said that government officials who support abortion should not receive Holy Communion.Such individuals, he said, are not acting consistent with their faith and with the teachings of the Gospel and the Church.In July of this year, four government ministers announced their support for the legalization of abortion in Bolivia.In an interview … [Read more...]

Beatification cause imminent for auxiliary bishop of Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Aug 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Madrid has announced that this fall, the beatification cause of Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose will officially be opened.Bishop Pose was appointed as Madrid’s auxiliary bishop in early March of 1997, and was a close collaborator with the current archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.The archdiocese announced on August 21 that the solemn opening of his cause for beatification will be led by … [Read more...]