Scientists create a device that can mass produce human 'embryoids' (NPR) The “embryoids,” described in an article in Nature, are synthetic entities “made by coaxing human stem cells to form structures found in very early human embryos.” (The teahcing Church has issued a number of documents on stem cell research that distinguish immoral research that involves the destruction of human embryos from morally licit research that involves adult stem cells.)
Massachusetts bishops issue statement on climate change (BostonCatholic.org) “With this immense threat, we may feel inclined to despair, but we are people of faith,” the state’s bishops said in their statement. “Action is needed at all levels of government to encourage replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy while ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are protected from harm during this transition.”
English bishops call for support for justice and peace in the Holy Land (Catholic Universe) “For more than 50 years the scandal of occupation has violated the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis,” said a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. “For the good of all, there is a need to intensify efforts and initiatives aimed at creating the conditions for a stable peace based on justice, on the recognition of the rights of every individual, and on mutual security.”
Cardinal Pell appeals to Australia's top court (The Australian) Cardinal George Pell has appealed to Australia’s High Court to overturn his sex-abuse conviction. The cardinal’s lawyers argue that an appeals court wrongly reduced the burden of proof, requiring the cardinal to prove his innocence rather than forcing the prosecution to establish his guilt.