National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

Papal Blessing

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

Sept. 8-21, 2013 Issue | Posted 9/3/13 at 4:44 PM


In our July 14 issue, we featured the story of Elizabeth Lobato ("Elizabeth’s Miracle: Hope for Health Care"). The story noted, "Pope Francis gave her a blessing at a Vatican conference focusing on adult stem cells" this past April. Her parents recently provided the photo to the Register.

The story and papal blessing are a fact of life: The 14-year-old Lobato’s brittle bone disease has been helped by adult stem-cell therapy pioneered by Dr. Ed Horwitz at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.