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Ebola Spreads in Africa, Triggering World Wide Attention & Worry
Last edited 11th August 2014

The World Health Organization has declared a state of emergency on the Ebola epidemic that has plagued several countries in Western Africa. The first outbreak was detected in December, and has spread steadily ever since. In fact, a few months ago, Pope Francis prayed for the victims who have died from infection, which as of now, has claimed the lives of almost 1,000 people.

Ebola Outbreak: US Warns Disease Remains Out of Control
Last edited 5th August 2014

The United States is sending an extra 50 public health officials to Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, warning that the outbreak remains out of control.


Education Crucial to Limiting Ebola Outbreak, Relief Agency Says
Last edited 4th August 2014

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths.


Fr. Barron comments on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Last edited 26th March 2014

Seth McFarlane, who is a well known atheist, is the executive producer of a remake of "Cosmos". It is yet another series portraying religion as an enemy of science. As Fr. Robert Barron says, "here we go again". Watch this video for a review of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and get the facts rights about religion and science.

Fertility Treatments Succeed without Assisted Reproduction
Last edited 4th March 2014

A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies. Dr. Felice Petraglia, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Siena in Italy, runs a clinic specializing in reproductive medicine. However, his clinic does not offer in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, or other “assisted reproduction technologies.”

New Stem-Cell Method Offers Another Alternative to Embryonic Research
Last edited 12th February 2014

A new method of creating versatile stem cells from a relatively simple manipulation of existing cells could further reduce the need for any stem-cell research involving human embryos, according to leading ethicists. Although the process has only been tested in mice, two studies published Jan. 29 in the journal Nature detailed research showing success with a process called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP.

Vatican University looks into the 'Beginning' of the Universe
Last edited 18th November 2013

The sheer magnitude of stars, planets and galaxies have always triggered questions about the beginning. Mostly, how was the Universe created and why? Was something created out of nothing? Those very questions were addressed by experts at the Vatican's Gregorian University, where the 'Big Bang' theory and others less popular theories were discussed.

When Galaxies Collide: The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes
Last edited 4th November 2013

Galaxies may look pretty and delicate, with their swirls of stars of many colours – but don’t be fooled. At the heart of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, including in our own Milky Way.


Child Poverty 'Can Shrink Brain'
Last edited 28th October 2013

Poverty in early childhood can shrink the brain, a study has shown. The finding may help explain links between deprivation and poor mental ability and performance at school.


Why the Church is Right About Stem-Cell Research
Last edited 20th August 2013

Ever since the first human embryonic stem-cell lines were established in 1998, the Catholic Church has maintained that this type of research was ethically unacceptable. The fact that such research requires the creation and subsequent destruction of human life makes it a non-starter for the Church, which has continually upheld and defended the sanctity and value of human life in all its forms. Unfortunately, the Church’s opposition to this research has exposed it to harsh criticism from those who would paint the Church as an institution bent on holding back the tide of scientific progress.


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