Advisory Panel Recommends Vaccinations
MSNBC, July 3 — A government advisory committee has recommended that girls as young as 9 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical cancer, said MSNBC.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the vaccine be given to females age 9 to 26. Health officials say that more than 50% of sexually active men and women will be infected with some type of HPV during their lifetime.
Proponents say that the vaccine
could reduce the 4,000 cervical cancer deaths that occur in the
Merck & Co., the maker of the vaccine, is currently studying the vaccine’s effectiveness in males.
Religion a Factor in Presidential Voting
LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 3 — Americans may not be as anti-Catholic as some observers suggest. A recent Times/Bloomberg poll shows that voters are much more comfortable voting for a Catholic than, say, a Mormon. And they seem to prefer a mainline Judeo-Christian candidate than a Muslim.
Of those polled, 37% said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, and 54% said they would not vote for a Muslim. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is exploring a possible presidential run.
Twenty-one percent of those polled said they would not vote for an evangelical Christian; 15% would not vote for a Jewish candidate; and only 10% said they would not vote for a Catholic for president.
Discovered Relic Sheds Light on American History
ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 29 – A bronze relic discovered in
The 5-inch-long piece bears images of the vision of Constatine, an armor breastplate, and a cross with a crown around it.
The piece was given to a
“That piece could be the factual
evidence that [the Spanish] were here that early, and that could shed new light
onto the history of
BOSTON GLOBE, July 4 — The
The proposal extends the current statute of limitations by 10 years, but does not abolish the statute completely.
The Massachusetts Catholic Conference supports the extension.
“The Catholic Church, nationally and locally, has made it a priority to create safe environments in our churches and schools and to continue to provide support to survivors and to all people who have suffered as a result of sexual abuse,” said the bishops’ statement.