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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

Economic Interests Behind Embryonic Stem Cell Research


Today the updated instruction is tackling controversial 21st century issues like stem cell research. President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Mons. Rino Fisichella defends the Church’s position on these issues against criticism that Catholicism opposes the progress of science.

Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
This document does not interference with scientific discovery, but deals with ethics important to scientists. Because scientific discovery needs to be worthy of being truly scientific for the good of all and not just a few people.

Let’s not forget that Mendel, the father of genetics, was not only a Catholic, he was an abbot, a priest, and those who think that the Catholic Church is opposed to scientific research don’t know our history.

The Church supports scientific development that poses no threat to embryos like adult stem cell research. But the document will face new challenges as the United States government opens the path for embryonic stem cell research.


Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
We know today from scientists that adult stem cells have already been used to heal more than 2000 diseases, with embryonic stem cells, zero!

The President of the United States has helped further research on embryonic stem cells that have not led to any result. Probably because of other interests.

Fisichella says the financial crisis is the main interest behind Barack Obama’s executive order lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research.

Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
The interest has to do with the market, the interest is economic. 

We know that after signing the bill lifting the ban, the stocks of the pharmaceutical companies that experiment on embryos, and where millions of dollars have been invested have gone up to the top.

As the new U.S. administration settles into office a new instruction on bioethics settles in the Church. It’s a sign the Dignitas Personae will continue defending human dignity for the times to come.