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 Vol 8, Issue 28
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 July 3 - Human liver grown inside a mouse
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

A human liver has been grown inside a mouse, giving hope that patients could receive new organs created from their own skin cells within a decade.  The breakthrough would eradicate donor waiting lists and the risk of the body rejecting a replacement organ.

Japanese scientists used stem cells to create liver 'buds' within mice which grew into a piece of human tissue measuring 5mm.

It is hoped the work carried out by researchers at Yokohama City University could also be used to grow other replacement organs.

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 July 8 - Pope's Marian Prayer at Lampedusa
 Article: Roman Cathloic Church And The Last Days

Here is a translation of the Holy Father's prayer to the Blessed Mother at the conclusion of the Mass celebrated in the island of Lampedusa this morning.

Oh Mary, star of the sea, once again we recourse to thee, to find refuge and sernity, to implore your protection and help. 

Mother of God and our Mother, turn your sweet gaze towards those who face the dangers of the sea everyday to guarantee their families the necessary sustenance for life, to protect the respect of creation, to serve peace between peoples. 

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 July 9 - Ramadan postponed after failure to sight the moon
 Article: Miscellaneous

Muslim clerics unsuccessfully searched the skies for the crescent moon on Monday night, in the ceremony that determines the beginning of Ramadan. Because no moon was sighted, the first day of fasting will begin on Wednesday.

According to Islamic tradition, Allah revealed the Koran to the prophet Muhammad during the 9th month - Ramadan - a time for introspection. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from food, drink and sexual activity from dawn until dusk, Fasting - or sawm - is one of the five pillars of Islam, and also means "to refrain," not only from food or drink but also from evil actions, thoughts and words. The daily fasts are broken in the evening with prayer and festive meals called iftars

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 July 6 - Pope: we should not be afraid to renew the Church's "ancient, passing structures"
 Article: Roman Cathloic Church And The Last Days

We should not be afraid to renew the "ancient, passing structures" of the Church, following the Holy Spirit, like in the past. In today's Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis touched one of the most pressing issues of his pontificate, namely the reorganization of the Church's "structures"

Inspired by Jesus's idea of "New wine in new wineskins", Francis focused on the renewal that Jesus brings, Vatican Radio reported. "The doctrine of the law," the Pontiff noted, "is enriched, renewed with Jesus," who delivered "true renewal of the law, the same law, but more mature, renewed." What Jesus requires of us is greater than the requirements of the law. The law allows us to hate our enemy; Jesus, on the other hand, tells us to pray for him. This is then "the Kingdom of God that Jesus preaches," a renewal that is above all "in our heart."

The Gospel's newness lies in its newness "but within the same law that comes in the history of Salvation." And this newness, he said, "goes beyond us," it renews us and "renews the structures." This is why Jesus says that new wineskins are necessary for new wine:

"In Christian life, even in the life of the Church, there are old structures, passing structures. It is necessary to renew them! And the Church has always been attentive to this, with dialogue with cultures . . . It always allows itself to be renewed according to places, times, and persons" it encounters. "The Church has always done this!"

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 July 9 - Decree of Plenary Indulgence for World Youth Day
 Article: Roman Cathloic Church And The Last Days

Here is the translation of the Decree of Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

The gift of Indulgences is granted on the occasion of the "28th World Youth Day," which will be held at Rio de Janeiro during the current Year of Faith.

The Holy Father Francis, desiring that young people -- in union with the spiritual ends of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI --, are able to obtain the hoped for fruits of sanctification from the "28th World Youth Day,"--  which will be held from the 22nd to the 29th of the month of July at Rio de Janeiro, and which will have as its theme "Go and Make Disciples of All Nations (cf. Matthew 28:19)," -- during the audience given last June 3 to the undersigned Cardinal Major Penitentiary, manifesting the maternal heart of the Church, of the Treasure of the satisfactions of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, has agreed that young people and all the faithful adequately prepared can benefit from the gift of the Indulgences as  follows:

a.- a Plenary Indulgence is granted, obtainable once a day with the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) and also applicable by way of suffrage to the souls of the deceased faithful, for the faithful who are truly repentant and contrite, who will participate devotedly in the sacred rites and pious exercises which will take place at Rio de Janeiro.

The faithful who are legitimately impeded, will be able to obtain the Plenary Indulgence provided that, complying with the usual spiritual, sacramental and prayerful conditions, with the intention of filial submission to the Roman Pontiff, participate spiritually in the sacred functions during the specified days, provided that they follow the same rites and pious exercises while they are taking place, through television and radio or, always with the due devotion, through the new means of social communication;

b.- The Partial Indulgence is granted to the faithful, wherever they are during the said meeting, whenever, at least with a contrite spirit, they raise fervent prayers to God, concluding with the official prayer of the World Youth Day, and devout invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Brazil, under the title of "Our Lady of Conception Aparecida," as well as to the other Patrons and Intercessors of the same meeting, in order to stimulate young people to reinforce themselves in the Faith and to lead a holy life.

Then, so that the faithful can easily make themselves participants in these heavenly gifts, the priests, legitimately approved for the hearing of sacramental confessions, with a prompt and generous spirit are ready to receive them and propose to the faithful public prayers, for the success of the same "World Youth Day."

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 July 10 - Opus Dei bishop to be beatified after newborn's miracle cure
 Article: Signs And Wonders

Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, after recognizing the miraculous healing of a newborn who had suffered major cardiac arrest.

On July 5, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing a miracle obtained through the intercession of Bishop del Portillo.

The miracle involves the August 2003 healing of Chilean newborn Jose Ignacio Ureta Wilson. A few days after his birth, the boy suffered a 30-minute period of cardiac arrest and a major hemorrhage. The medical team treating the baby thought he had already died, but his parents prayed for healing through the intercession of the bishop.  The baby's heart started to beat again and he recovered to live a normal life, the Opus Dei Information Office reports.

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 July 10 - Laborers in the Vineyard: Inviting the Ecclesial Movements to Catholic Online
 Article: Roman Cathloic Church And The Last Days

Over the last few pontificates, the term ecclesial movements has become the term used to refer to the many movements within the Catholic Church which demonstrate that the Spirit of Pentecost is alive and well. Though each movement may have a unique charism and mission, they all invite Christians into a personal relationship, an encounter, with the Lord Jesus Christ. They all proclaim that Jesus Christ is no longer dead but has been raised from the dead and is still alive in our midst in the Church which He founded.

These ecclesial movements are 'evangelical' in the fullest sense of the word. They all call men and women into an encounter with Jesus Christ which awakens the grace of Baptism within them and changes them. They invite the men and women of this age to experience the Pentecost of the Holy Spirit which the Lord promised, right here and now. Then, all who experience such an encounter with the the Risen Christ are invited to find their home in the Heart of His Church. From that base of operation they are enlisted into a mission in the world, to take their place in the ongoing redemptive mission of the Lord.

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 July 8 - Ahmadinejad says Holocaust denial was his major achievement
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a farewell ceremony Sunday that publicizing his Holocaust denial was a major achievement of his presidency.

"That was a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard," Ahmadinejad said in a speech, according to the Iranian Fars news agency. "We put it forward at the global level. That broke the spine of the Western capitalist regime."

Ahmadinejad also called for the Arab world to work together to punish Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians.

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 July 8 - BBC Says Christians Who Oppose Gay Marriage Are 'Damaging the Church'
 Article: Perilous Times

The BBC thinks Christians who disagree with gay marriage are "throwbacks who are damaging the church," according to one of its presenters.

Roger Bolton also said if the BBC interviews a Christian who objects to abortion on religious grounds, "they are treated as though they are just a bit barmy."

Bolton was taking part in an official BBC Trust review of the breadth of opinion in the broadcaster's output on various issues, including religion. In an official report published by the Trust, Bolton said BBC journalists tend to see the gay marriage debate "in the context of equal rights."

Bolton and others interviewed for the report "felt that conservatives on these subjects tend to be treated by interviewers as throwbacks who are damaging the Church and dragging it back into the past."

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 July 6 - Experts: DNA ruling could lead to national ID
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Indiana law enforcement officials could find it easier to fight crime if a national database holding DNA profiles of everyone born in the United States is created as the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, experts say.

The prospect has had investigators and privacy advocates abuzz since the high court's June 3 decision that police could take a DNA swab from anyone arrested for a serious crime without violating Fourth Amendment limits on search and seizure.

A broader database would allow investigators to screen the entire population to find the right suspect
instead of limiting their search to those who had already been arrested or convicted, said Kristine Crouch, a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police. "If you leave your DNA at the crime scene, we will know who you are," Crouch said.

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