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FDA-Approved Fetal Stem-Cell Treatment for Eye Disease Being Tested for Spinal Injuries (6306)

Company calls them ‘tissue-derived adult stem cells,’ but human fetuses are the source.

05/29/2012 Comments (12)

– Wikipedia

Stem cells derived from human fetuses will be injected into the eyes of a dozen patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, under a clinical trial approved early this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In mid-May, StemCells Inc. reported preliminary success in clinical safety trials with the same product on European patients with spinal injuries — the holy grail of potential stem-cell treatments. These trials are designed only to determine if the stem cells trigger tumors or immune reactions.

But the California-based, publicly traded firm isn’t touting the source of its designer stem cell, HuCNS-SC. On its website, it describes the product as “tissue-derived...READ MORE

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Head of Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Remembers Soldiers’ Sacrifices (6804)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio sees courageous Catholics as most faithful citizens.

05/28/2012 Comments (5)
Archdiocese for the Military Services USA

– Archdiocese for the Military Services USA

Religious faith is seen by some people as poisonous to good citizenship. One’s religious beliefs are expected to be kept private if they are not in conformity with the secularist mindset. Matters such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate are seen as demands to which any good citizen would acquiesce.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio could not disagree more.

Citing the examples of Servants of God Emil Kapaun and Vincent Capodanno, the Ohio native sees those who live their Catholic faith as most loyal citizens.

In 35 years of priesthood, Archbishop Broglio has witnessed the close connection between love of God and love of country. He has seen this most strikingly in...READ MORE

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Bringing the Cristero War to the Big Screen (9750)

For Greater Glory's producer talks about the religious-liberty-focused film.

05/28/2012 Comment

Pablo Jose Barroso is a real-estate developer, but, more recently, he has become a film producer. In 2005, he produced Guadalupe. Last year, he produced the animated movie The Greatest Miracle. His most recent work, For Greater Glory, tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico. The film features actors Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, Eva Longoria and Eduardo Verastegui. It opened April 20 in Mexico and will debut June 1 in the U.S. Barroso spoke about the movie before the film’s debut.

What prompted you to make For Greater Glory?

I’ve always been Catholic. I’m a real-estate developer who had an encounter to be closer to God. Through that, I learned that the way to share God’s message...READ MORE

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Father Jordan’s Nightmare (3735)

May 20 issue column on the fight for the World Trade Center cross.

05/27/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Father Brian Jordan is finally emerging from a nightmare. For months, he had been named as a defendant in a suit brought by atheists who protested him praying before the “Trade Center Cross” after Sept. 11. The atheist group recently dropped their attack against Father Jordan — for now.

But the case continues, and it raises troubling questions about the emerging anti-religious, and specifically anti-Catholic, prejudices in American society, a prejudice only compounded by the Obama administration’s insistence on forcing Catholic institutions to violate their beliefs through the provision of health insurance for contraception services, including abortion-inducing drugs.

From the...READ MORE

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Happy Birthday to the Church! (1561)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 27, Pentecost.

05/27/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, May 27, is Pentecost Sunday (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).


This Pentecost, surprise the family with seven gifts representing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom: new rosaries (or rosary aids).

Understanding: Catholic Bible.

Counsel: Catechism or YouCat for youth.

Fortitude: Catholic movies about moral courage.

Knowledge: a celebration of nature.

Piety: gifts for others.

Fear of the Lord: church architecture and time at church.


Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

Our Take

Today is the birthday of the Church, and the readings explain why.

1. Jesus commissions the apostles. “As the...READ MORE

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Tying the Catholic Knot: Church Teachings and Wedding Customs (8387)

May 20 feature for the engaged and newlyweds on life happily Catholic ever after.

05/27/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Above the confusion and contentious hum that surrounds the redefining-marriage debate stands the Catholic Church. Her beliefs on marriage do not sway with public opinion, but are seated in Christ, the unchanging Truth. The Church passes on what she has received without reinterpretation.

Many people today aren’t aware of the fullness of these teachings and where they come from. As we launch into wedding season, it’s worthwhile to revisit the Church’s teachings as well as various wedding customs.

Marriage Theology

It’s the Judeo-Christian tradition from Genesis that one man marries one woman. This principle is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The matrimonial...READ MORE

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Ministry of Moms Sharing Bonds Mothers in Faith (1852)

May 20 pro-family profile on growing mothers' ministry.

05/26/2012 Comment
Moms group

– Moms group

Editor's note: This group is not connected with a similarly named group called M.O.M.S. It is uniquely and independently created to fit the needs of the mothers at St. Greg's Parish and driven by surveys.

Just over 10 years ago, Dawn Iacono started Ministry of Moms Sharing at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Williamsville, N.Y. The group inspires and encourages women in their role as wives and mothers.

Iacono, a mother of four boys, knew she and other mothers would benefit from such faith fellowship.

Mary Criden joined Iacono in asking several other mothers who belonged to a Rosary group to help with a Mother’s Day tea the Friday morning prior to Mother’s Day 2001 to kick...READ MORE

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Pentecost and Confirmation Sacrament, NFP and Mr., Proper Name of the Holy Spirit, and much more! (933)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/26/2012 Comment

Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read and learn more.

Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

NFP and Mr. - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Do You Know the Proper Name of the Holy Spirit? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Bad Religion, Bad Results - The Pulpit

Eight Quotes by St. John Chrysostom: How to Raise Children - J. E. Foyer, St. Peter's List

Children of Famous Nazis Struggle with Their Legacy, They Need Christ's Love which They Never Mention Faith - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

An Average Day in the Pew - Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Why Can’t Christian Films Be Better? - Fr. Bryce Sibley, Crisis Magazine

Go Margeaux! Victorious in Defense of the Eucharist - Stacy...READ MORE

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