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British Ethicists Approve '3-Parent Babies' to Prevent Rare Disease (4604)

Technology opens the door to new human genetic engineering.

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LONDON — A banned in vitro fertilization technology that uses two women and one man to create embryos could soon be legalized following an endorsement from a group of six British ethicists.

A working group of the London-based Nuffield Council on Bioethics issued a report in June stating that it would be “ethical” for scientists to mingle genetic material from three people in order for some couples to have their own genetic offspring without passing on a rare, heritable form of mitochondrial disease that can be “severe and debilitating.”

Critics of the controversial report call it “Frankenstein” technology that uses “emotional blackmail” — sad but uncommon circumstances — to justify...READ MORE

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Summer Vacation With Pope Benedict (7819)

The Holy Father will spend his third consecutive break closer to home at Castel Gandolfo.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he leads the Angelus prayer July 8 from the window of his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

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VATICAN CITY — For the third consecutive year, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to spend his summer vacation in the Castelli hills rather than travel to the northern mountainous regions of Italy.

The Holy Father departed Rome July 3, traveling by helicopter to his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, about 20 miles outside of Rome.

The Pope is said to be especially fond of the Apostolic Palace and gardens at Castel Gandolfo and usually stays there until the first week of October. He has also preferred to vacation closer to Rome since he broke his wrist while on holiday in Valle d’Aosta in 2009.

As is customary during his vacation period, which lasts four weeks, private and special...READ MORE

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Minor Earthquake Strikes 20 Miles From Rome (3525)

The 3.6-magnitude temblor hit 12 miles outside Castel Gandolfo.

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Pope Benedict XVI comforts victims of the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy. The July 9 quake struck close to the Pope's vacation residence Castel Gandolfo.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO — A minor earthquake struck the Castelli Romani region near Rome this afternoon, just 12 miles from Castel Gandolfo, where Pope Benedict XVI is spending his summer vacation.

Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Holy Father “felt the tremor, but all is normal; and there have been no effects that I’m aware of.”

The 3.6-magnitude, 6-mile-deep tremor took place at 5:13pm close to the town of Finocchio and was felt in Rome, which is 20 miles away.

Two deadly earthquakes struck Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region May 20 and May 29, causing 26 deaths and widespread damage. Benedict visited the affected towns on June 26, where he offered words of consolation...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Resolves 6 Priest Sex-Abuse Cases (1819)

Archdiocese was unable to reveal the resolution of other cases, but 'hopes to announce them as soon as possible.'

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the resolution of six cases involving priests who were placed on leave following a grand jury report on sex-abuse allegations, removing two of them from ministry permanently.

“In making these decisions, I relied on the counsel of numerous experts,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a July 6 statement.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that four priests have been found “suitable for ministry” after an investigative process by 20 specialists in child abuse, while two priests were deemed “unsuitable for ministry.”

In the cases of the two priests who were found “unsuitable,” neither of them involved...READ MORE

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Lord Alton: 'Never Forget Who You Are' (3163)

British Member of the House of Lords focuses on defending life at both ends, embattled Christians in the Middle East.

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Lord David Alton

– Ray Farley/ Raymond Farley Photography, Merseyside

David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool, is a British politician and pro-life leader. A former Liberal Party and later Liberal Democrat member of Parliament, he was made a Life peer and is a member of the House of Lords.

A lifelong Catholic, he has spoken out against the legalization of abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and, most recently, euthanasia. In 1987, he established the British human-rights lobby Jubilee Campaign, and he now serves as the honorary president of the U.K. Copts Association.

He recently spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond while visiting Washington, where he addressed a conference on the plight of Egypt’s Copts, who fear that the recent...READ MORE

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Catching Up With MLB All-Star Alex Avila (8824)

Young Cuban-American player relates accounts of physical and spiritual revivals in the context of the communion of saints.

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Alex Avila

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At only 25, Alex Avila is already making his mark in the professional baseball world. The starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers played in the 2011 All-Star Game, and, later in the postseason, his team made it to the American League Championship Series.

This near miss of a World Series Championship came not too many years after Avila had indicated such a possibility to his father, Al, who is vice president and assistant general manager of the Tigers.

Al Avila was telling his son, who was in high school at the time, that he did not care whether he played baseball. He simply wanted him to be happy and would support him in whatever field he chose. His son chose the baseball field, and,...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Reminds the Faithful to Be Open to God's Miracles (3468)

The Holy Father's first Angleus of his summer vacation on July 8.

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Nazareth’s rejection of Jesus highlights the need for people to have an open and trusting disposition towards God in order to receive miracles, Pope Benedict XVI said on July 8.

“In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that if we live with an open and simple heart, nourished by true faith, we can recognize the presence of God in our lives and follow his holy will,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address.

For the first time this summer, the Pope was addressing pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

He dwelt upon the Gospel passage in which Christ is not accepted by his hometown. St. Mark records how Jesus said to them: “A prophet is not...READ MORE

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Single for a Season (6385)

Emily Stimpson offers advice for joyful living until wedding bells ring.

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Emily Stimpson

Emily Stimpson is the author of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years, in which she shares her firsthand advice for Catholic single women who hope to get married one day. She recently spoke about her book, the impact it’s having, and why joyful singles are a needed witness in the world today.


What prompted you to write this book? How did your own experiences affect this work?

Mostly, a growing recognition that more and more single women were wrestling with the same issues I’ve wrestled with over the past 15 years, and there weren’t any practical resources from a Catholic perspective to help them in that wrestling. There were books that talked about how to find a...READ MORE

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