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Vatican Adult Stem-Cell Research Partnership Gains Momentum (1793)

U.S.-based NeoStem is pleased to collaborate on promising, ethical discoveries.

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The Vatican’s adult stem-cell venture with a U.S. biopharmecutical firm continues to gain momentum since the partnership between the two was announced in June.

The move shows how “the Catholic Church is not against science, that we support ethically acceptable research, and that we want to foster this knowledge and spread it globally,” Father Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told CNA on Oct. 12.

“We also want people to understand that in joining forces we can really bring benefit to humanity,” he said, noting that the endeavor “is the first time we’ve entered into so deep a collaboration with an outside company.”

On June 16, the Vatican announced before the global media...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Defunds Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services Work (4613)

Grant funding cut to the USCCB's campaign against human trafficking after ACLU challenge related to the Church's opposition to abortion and contraception.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The Obama administration has cut funding for the U.S. bishops’ campaign against human trafficking, which had been challenged by the ACLU for avoiding contraception and abortion.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said there was “no reason given” by the Department of Health and Human Services for rejecting the conference’s application for a new grant at the end of September.

She said the bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services work had previously been “well regarded.”

However, in a Sept. 29 letter to the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, Archbishop Timothy Dolan had warned that the administration was “requiring...READ MORE

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Alcoholism Drives Man Beyond 12 Steps and Into the Church (5804)

John Garcia shares his journey of healing.

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Courtesy of John Garcia

John W. Garcia, founder of Sober for Christ, says Catholics who are alcoholic need more than the 12-step program.

– Courtesy of John Garcia

John W. Garcia, known as “Johnny” to his friends, has seen the dark side of life. The 39-year-old California native came from an abusive home and sought to alleviate his pain through alcohol. He soon found that as his drinking increased so did his suffering.

Garcia’s attempts to overcome alcohol and eventual drug abuse included Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, more than 10 medications and psychotherapy. He had periods of sobriety but also many relapses, never finding true contentment.

Garcia even found that some of the means proposed for his benefit actually made things worse, including the medications he was given. His breaking point came in...READ MORE

Filed under 12-step program, alchoholics anonymous, alcoholism, sober for christ

Ukrainian Catholic Church and Theopolitics, Franco and Spain, Christopher Dawson, and much more! (2899)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/14/2011 Comment

Franco, Spain and Catholicism. Click on the link by George Conger to learn more.

The Loss that Led Us to Mother Church - Siri Abrahamson, Catholic Herald

19 Words Every Catholic Should Know - Emily Stimpson, Our Sunday Visitor

Putinism and the Ukrainian Catholic Church - Tim Kelleher, First Things/On the Square

Franco, Spain and Catholicism - George Conger, Get Religion

October Catholic Presidential Poll - The American Catholic

Democracy in Peril: Egypt’s Handling of Coptic Unrest - Anthony Billingsley, MercatorNet

The Brittleness of Islam - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Remembering Christopher Dawson: Who Are You? - Brad Birzer, TIC

Can Christians Not Be Religious? - Fabiola Garza

Catholic Politicians who do Nothing to Stop Abortion - Fr....READ MORE

Filed under chastity, christopher dawson, coptic christians, egypt, francisco franco, islam, persecution, spain, ukrainian greek catholic church, vladimir putin

Young Catholic Inspired by the Pope's Fortitude During World Youth Day Storm (2993)

In the midst of rainstorm at the Madrid prayer vigil, 27-year-old recalls, 'We were not afraid at all because we could see that the first one who was serene was the Holy Father. He transmitted a lot of serenity, a lot of calmness.'

10/13/2011 Comment
World Youth Day Facebook page

Rain and wind didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the young people or the Pope in Madrid at the WYD prayer vigil this summer.

– World Youth Day Facebook page

ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—As thunder, lightning and wind whipped through the World Youth Day prayer vigil this past August, Pope Benedict XVI was advised to leave the event three times. But he insisted that if the young people stayed, then he would too.

The revelation comes from a young Honduran woman who stood next to the Pope throughout the event.

“The masters of ceremony were asking him if the wanted to leave because it was raining; it was pouring, and the wind was really strong. And he kept on saying that he would not leave. In fact, he twice waved his finger saying, ‘No, no, no’,” 27-year-old Erika Rivera told EWTN News.

The advisers then asked a third time if the Pope wanted to...READ MORE

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Rhyming Lives: How to Be Jesus' Disciple (1885)

Oct. 9 issue column: Mary is Jesus’ greatest disciple. She shows us not what Jesus would do, but what a disciple of Jesus would do. Her life is not identical to Jesus’ life, but, rather, rhymes with Jesus’ life. Jesus calls us to follow him; Mary shows us what following him looks like. So do the saints.

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Jesus calls us to rhyme our lives with his, just as the New Covenant rhymes with the Old.

In past years, the WWJD (“What Would Jesus Do?”) phrase has become popular in some circles. It’s well intended and, to be sure, sometimes we are indeed to do what Jesus would do. So, for instance, when somebody sins against us, we must forgive them as Jesus would. When somebody is hurting, we must comfort them as Jesus would. When somebody is hungry, we must feed them as Jesus would.

But we must also remember that we are not Jesus. We are his disciples. We are to be like Jesus. We cannot be Jesus, and, therefore, we cannot always do what Jesus does.

We cannot, for example, multiply loaves and...READ MORE

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Apostolic Succession, Natural Law, Positive Law, Kinsey, Warlords, Michael Davies, and much more! (2217)

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10/13/2011 Comment

Pastoral Answers: Apostolic Succession? Click on the link by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion to learn more.

Pastoral Answers: Apostolic Succession? - Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, Our Sunday Visitor

Natural Law: The Pope’s Foundation for Positive Law - Angelo Campodonico, Ilsussidiario

Big Porn Inc. - Melinda Tankard Reist, MercatorNet

Post-Kinsey: Is There Anything Normal About Pornography? - Cassandra Hough, Public Discourse

My Heroes Have Always Been Warlords - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Memories of Michael Davies - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Ten Traits of a Great Teacher - Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer III, Part IV (Intercessions) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Tommy - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Martin...READ MORE

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The Miracle of the Sun 94 Years Later (5387)

Father Andrew Apostoli says Our Lady of Fatima's message is needed more than ever in increasingly secular society.

10/13/2011 Comments (12)

NEW YORK CITY (EWTN News)—The author of an exhaustive study on the Virgin Mary’s 1917 appearances in Portugal says her words are being fulfilled by the rise of aggressive secularism and loss of religious freedom in the West.

“Mary, as I see it, pointed out at Fatima that these things were going to happen,” said Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and the author of Fatima for Today (Ignatius Press, $19.95), in an interview one day before the 94th anniversary of the last apparition in the Portuguese city.

“She said that an evil will begin in Russia and will spread its errors around the world,” Father Apostoli noted, recalling Mary’s words in 1917.

“Those errors, an...READ MORE

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