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The amazing promise of adult stem cells and how the Church supports it


3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.

These developments are on the cutting edge of what adult stem cells can do for the medical field. And standing alongside them is the Catholic Church, which promotes ethical forms of research that have yielded the most promising results.

A recent Vatican conference focused specifically on ethical forms of stem cell research drew companies and leading experts to discuss the future of the rapidly developing field.

“For the Church to be working with those who are finding exciting new cures and new therapies is a very natural thing to do,” Archbishop Paul Tighe told CNA.

The Ireland-born archbishop, who serves as adjunct secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told CNA that the Catholic Church’s concern for the good of human beings means the Church has to be involved in the discussion.

Catholics have an institutional presence in the forms of universities and hospitals. They’re also motivated by another inspiration.

Jesus was “above all a healer,” he said. “He restored health to people. And that’s really the care that people responded to.”

The April 28-30 conference at the Vatican was titled “Cellular Horizons: How Science, Technology, Information and Communication Will Impact Society.”

The event was co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the U.S.-based Stem for Life Foundation, a non-profit based in New York. Since 2011, it is the third regenerative medicine conference that has been organized in the Vatican.

Read more at Catholic News Agency.

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