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Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
Indonesian Priest Killed in Northern Philippines
According to a report from the Associated
Press, an Indonesian Roman Catholic priest was fatally shot in a remote
northern Philippine village as he was preparing to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass.
Father Francis Madhu, 31, had an argument
with four men in Lubuagan town in the mountainous Kalinga province before one
of the men shot him with an M-16 rifle in full view of parishioners. Kalinga’s
provincial capital of Tabuk is about 205 miles north of Manila. The priest was
declared dead on arrival at Lubuagan District Hospital.
The suspects were at large, and the reason for the attack
was being investigated, said Lt. Col. Francis Lardizabal, a regional military
Building of First Church in Qatar Begins
Construction on Qatar’s first church has
begun in the desert outside the country’s capital of Doha, reported the website
for Independent Catholic News. The move was necessitated by the heavy influx of
Christian laborers to the predominantly Muslim country. Al Jazeera reported
that Catholics from all over the Arabian Peninsula — many of them migrant
workers — are helping to pay for the $15 million building, which is scheduled
to open at the end of the year.
Bishop Paul Hinder of Arabia said, “The more people are
satisfied spiritually the more they will continue to help develop the country.
It’s obvious. … We have to accept that we are expatriates in every sense of the
word. We are a pure pilgrimage church.”
Another Advancement in Adult Stem-Cell Technology
A British research team has grown a human
heart valve from adult bone marrow stem cells, the British website Guardian
This is yet another instance where stem
cells extracted from an umbilical cord, placenta or an adult has produced
success. Costly, life-destroying embryonic stem-cell research has yet to
produce a cure.
If animal trials scheduled for later this year prove
successful, replacement tissue could be used in transplants for the hundreds of
thousands of people suffering from heart disease within three years.