• Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

    Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — Keith Moore and T.V.N.... Read more
  • In war-torn South Sudan, a Catholic missionary priest offers hope

    The Catholic Church is observing October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. The missionary work of the Church is often performed under difficult conditions: in the midst of persecution, poverty and war. This is also true for South Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of casualties, millions... Read more
  • Teen Suicide Rate Spikes 56% in a Decade

    A new reportfrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the teen suicide rate in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. Suicide was recently ranked as the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. Each year,... Read more
  • Bobby Reyes dies after UM takes him off life support

    A 14-year-old Monroe County boy who was declared brain dead died Tuesday after C.S. Mott Children's Hospital disconnected him from life support after the boy's family lost a legal battle to prevent the move. Parents Sara Jones and Jose Reyes fought the University of Michigan hospital's initial... Read more
  • Nigeria lecturer suspended after BBC Africa Eye ‘sex-for-grades’ film

    The University of Lagos has suspended a lecturer who was caught on film propositioning and sexually harassing an undercover BBC reporter. Boniface Igbeneghu, also a pastor, has been condemned by his church. He was one of several academics secretly filmed as part of a year-long investigation by... Read more
  • Two stunning hugs end Amber Guyger’s murder trial on a merciful note

    Chants of “no justice, no peace” drifted from the hallway into the the 204th District Court, and then Botham Jean’s 18-year-old brother stepped up to the witness stand Wednesday. This was Brandt Jean’s chance to tell Guyger exactly what he thought of the former Dallas officer after she... Read more
  • Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

    Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central Africa stretching from Senegal to Sudan. In 2018, more than 320,000 people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger were forced to leave their homes, CRS reports.... Read more
  • Suicide is on the rise – What can the Catholic Church do to help?

    This past week marked National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States, a week where mental and public health advocates share tips and advice on suicide prevention and spotting the warning signs of suicide. On Monday of that week, popular evangelical pastor and mental health advocate... Read more
  • 9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

    As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that... Read more
  • Assisted Suicide: A Tale of Two Narratives

    Here’s a narrative recently promoted nationally, beginning in Seattle, by the Associated Press. In May, a 75-year-old man with cancer named Robert Fuller obtained a lethal drug overdose under Washington State’s “Death with Dignity” Act, and planned his suicide down to the last detail... Read more