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A Triumph for Ethical Stem-Cell Research (5499)

The Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to Shinya Yamanaka, a pioneer in ethical stem-cell research, who said in 2007, ‘We can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way.’

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The field of ethically legitimate stem-cell research got a boost on Oct. 8, when the Nobel Assembly in Sweden announced that its coveted prize in physiology or medicine would go to Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka.

Yamanaka transformed the field of stem-cell research and regenerative medicine in 2006-2007, when he published a series of groundbreaking papers demonstrating that mature differentiated (mammalian) cells, such as skin cells, could be “reprogrammed” to become pluripotent stem cells. He first demonstrated the process using mouse cells and later using human cells.

 

Pluripotency

“Pluripotency” refers to the capacity of an immature cell to develop into specialized cell...READ MORE

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Spirituality and Devotion to Angels, Is It From God or Satan, Ever Heard of Distributism, and More! (1733)

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Spirituality and Devotion to the Angels. Click on the link by Fr. Basil Cole OP to read more.

Spirituality and Devotion to the Angels – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

Is It from God or is It from Satan? – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Distributism; Ever Heard Of It? – Tim Shaughnessy, Catholic Vote

Catholic Schools Told They Can’t Teach Abortion is Wrong by Jim Hughes of the Life News website – Big ulpit

The Importance of Depth and Proximity in Life – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Who Cares? It’s Only a Hymn, After All – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Crisis of Faith – Fr. John Hardon SJ, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The New Hesychasm: An Introduction – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

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As Targeted Girl Arrives in U.K., Religious Leaders in Pakistan Pray (1021)

Fourteen-year-old Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai is praised as 'a light among the shadows.'

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Shooting victim Malala Yousafzai arrives in the U.K. for specialist treatment

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Christians across Pakistan are praying for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose recent attempted murder by the Taliban has sparked widespread rebuke of the country's government for failing to prevent the attack.

“Malala is a light among the shadows of illiteracy, poverty and terrorism,” said a group of more than 75 religious leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religions. “Her work is in the spirit of Islam and all other religions of the world.”

The national Council for Interreligious Dialogue organized a prayer meeting in Lahore under the leadership of its coordinator, Capuchin Franciscan Father Francis Nadeem, and Dominican Father James Channan, head...READ MORE

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Play Tells Story of Death-Row Inmate's Marian Visions and Catholic Conversion (4182)

Catholic theater company is putting on the show this month.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The story of a Mississippi death row inmate who admitted his guilt and converted to the Catholic faith after seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary has come to the stage in a play that premiered in California last month.

Cathal Gallagher’s play, Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row, dramatizes the last days of Claude Newman, a convicted murder executed in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1944 for killing his grandmother’s abusive lover.

Gallagher explained to Catholic News Agency on Oct. 15 that Newman’s alleged death-row visions of the Virgin Mary changed him.

“On the night he was supposed to die, there was a reprieve from the governor, a two-week stay of execution....READ MORE

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The States of Religious Freedom (2895)

Nine state-level religious-freedom caucuses gear up for new challenges to First Amendment rights.

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WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill has been the focus of legislative efforts to overturn the federal contraception mandate and strengthen conscience rights, but state legislators are also moving quickly to address emerging threats to the “first freedom.”

Now, a bipartisan group of 120 state legislators is banding together to form religious-freedom caucuses in nine states. This development has been fostered by the American Religious Freedom Program, a project of the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Tim Schultz, the state legislative policy director for the American Religious Freedom Program, confirmed during an Oct. 10 interview that judicial and legislative efforts to...READ MORE

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NFP vs. Fertility Awareness, A House Is a Woman's Castle, What Is a Demon, and Much More! (2941)

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What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness. Click on the link by Denise Hunnell MD to read more.

What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

A House Is A Woman’s Castle – The Blonde Bombshell, William M. Briggs

What is a Demon? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Composer Morten Lauridsen: Life and Work – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why are Catholics Praising the Nobel Prize Stem Cell Technology? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

A New Beautiful Monastery in America – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Bishop Explains Why He’s Suing Former Catholic Diocese Lawyers via the KREM.com website – Big ulpit

Dealing With A Miscarriage: When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough – Rachel M, Catholic Sistas

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God's Love Stronger Than the Attraction of Wealth, Pope Says (2031)

Oct. 14 Angelus address

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that although riches should pose no barrier to serving the Kingdom of God, Christ's love fulfills humanity's deepest needs in a way that wealth is unable to.

“God can win the heart of a person who has many goods,” the Holy Father said Oct. 14 during his midday Angelus from his window overlooking a sunny St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope addressed a crowd of thousands, packed with Church leaders and pilgrims here in Rome since last week’s start of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the Church’s Year of Faith.

He based his remarks upon Sunday’s Gospel reading about the young rich man who wanted to follow Christ but walked away...READ MORE

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'Reaching Out in Truth and Love' (1658)

At Washington's Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty, Archbishop Lori calls on Catholics to renew America's secularized culture.

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WASHINGTON — The striking confluence of the beginning of the Year of Faith and the annual recognition of Respect Life Month, set amidst the backdrop of a contentious election season, deepened both the sense of urgency and hope at the Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty in Washington.

“For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and money, but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and divine: a secularism that relentlessly seeks to marginalize the place of faith in our society,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily to the thousands gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine...READ MORE

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