Jerry Novotny OMI
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July 26, 2014

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Dating In A Throwaway Culture
Christian singles today are finding new places to meet and get to know potential mates—from the Internet to reality TV.

Caritas Jerusalem Protecting Thousands Of Gazans
Almost 1,300 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Muslims, have taken shelter in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Porphyrius in Gaza in order to escape Israeli bombing. Another 700 have found refuge in Holy Family Catholic Church.

How Could You Have Aborted My Big Brother?
The secret heartbreak of children who've lost a sibling through abortion.

Fr Nithya: Hunger And Extreme Poverty Hinder Human Development In India
Fr Nithya OFM talks to AsiaNews about the 2014 Human Development Report. Based on the Index of Human Development, the studies ranks India 135th out of 187 countries. For the clergyman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic promises "mock the poor and the marginalised."

Number Of Women Travelling To America To Choose Sex Of Child Rises 20%
Hundreds of British couples are having IVF treatment in America to select the gender of their child, a leading doctor has said, with a 20 per cent rise in patients travelling year on year.

Three Parent Babies Banned From Knowing 'second Mothers'
Three parent babies born from a controversial IVF technique which uses the donor DNA to fix genetic defects will never be able find out the identify of their ‘second mother’, it has emerged.

Texas Abortions Drop Dramatically As Abortion Facilities Close
Out of the 41 abortion clinics in operation last July, already half have shut down as a result of provisions of the law that went into effect last year, especially the provision heavily supported by Operation Rescue that requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion clinics.

Patriarch Says Don't Punish All Palestinians Because Of Hamas
The Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said it is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians, adding that 'we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas,' reports CNS.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! PAKISTAN: A Minor's Arms Chopped Off by Landlord,-Police Unresponsive until Media Coverage

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the arms of a 10-year-old child were chopped off by a landlord over a minor issue with his father's payment of electricity bills. His hands were tied and were put in a harvesting machine.

New! Faring well? Convenient findings about same-sex parenting

Carolyn Moynihan
So there you have it: a study that is "large" but not "strong" though the life chances of many children may be affected by it. As Mark Regnerus has pointed out, given what's at stake, nothing but the effort to do a really strong study is good enough, although this requires hard work and, above all, expense.

New! Unmasking the Dragon

Ron Panzer
How many years we have been hearing that patients have been medically-killed! How many years people refused to hear and listen! How many years so very few believed! How many years people continue to live such self-concerned and shallow lives. I and so many others have done this, and now a price is to be paid.

Quebec's coup d'etat against religious freedom

Sean Murphy
The government will eventually use its Charter of Values to suppress freedom of conscience and religion among health care workers.

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 33

Anthony Zimmerman
Storms can be severe on the lake, when cold and therefore heavy air from the Mediterranean crosses over the 1,200 foot high mountains to the west, or descends from the Mount Hermon range to the north, to displace the warm and light air over the 700 feet below sea level of the lake.

Where an ageing population is not a problem

Chinwuba Iyizoba
Nigeria could have 725 million people by 2100. This is great news and a great opportunity, says a Nigerian engineer.

Twilight moms and perpetual adolescence

Carolyn Moynihan
Bulking up the queues for the latest Twilight movie released this week are, from all accounts, thousands of women who are old enough to know better.

Bad karma in Bangkok

Michael Cook
Aborted foetuses piled up in a temple mortuary raise questions about Thailand's embrace of family planning.