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Michael Gazzia, biological manufacturing analyst at Stemnion, holds a cryovial Sept. 23 inside the "clean room" at the new facility in Clearwater, Fla. The Pittsburgh-based regenerative medicine company recently opened the Florida lab near a Catholic hospital where placentas are donated for use in adult stem-cell research. (CNS photo/Tim Boyles, courtesy Catholic Health Association) (Sept. 28, 2010) See STEMCELL-PLACENTAS Sept. 28, 2010.

Advocates urge continued funding of adult stem-cell research, treatment

July 6, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing urged Congress to pass a reauthorization measure that would keep funding going for transplant programs that use adult stem cells from bone marrow and cord blood to treat diseases and for continued research. “These programs are examples of how the Congress can inspire…

People wait for Pope Francis' arrival to celebrate Mass in Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FAMILY July 6, 2015.

Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod, pope says

July 6, 2015 GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (CNS) — Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said. Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people…

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