January 21, 1998   vol 9, no. 15    


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant


Meet the New Cardinals

     Below is a brief biography of each bishop who will be elevated to cardinal at the Consistory on February 22 by Pope John Paul II.


     SANTIAGO, Chile (CWN) - Chilean government officials expressed anger on Monday after Cardinal-designate Jorge Medina Estevez was quoted as supporting former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet's claim to a seat as Senator-for-life.

      Archbishop Medina, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and former archbishop of Valparaiso, Chile, was quoted by Radio Cooperativa as saying the constitution written by the 1973-90 Pinochet regime grants the general a Senate seat for life and must then be respected.

      Angry over Archbishop Medina's comments, Foreign Minister Jose Miguel Insulza said he didn't think the archbishop, as a member of the Church hierarchy, should issue political opinions.


      WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - The Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it will intervene against any group or person who tries to clone a human being until rules are in place to regulate the practice.

      The statement comes just a week after Chicago physicist Richard Seed said he would set up a cloning clinic for parents who want cloned children. The FDA's warning is seen as giving state and federal lawmakers time to carefully consider legislation that will ban human cloning without infringing legitimate genetic research. "One man who's on the fringe has drawn a lot of attention in Washington and state capitals," said Dr. Benjamin Younger of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. "If they are going to do this, come up with legislation that bans cloning but protects research."

      The FDA said it is trying to get in contact with Seed to warn him not try cloning a person without a FDA approval, which the agency said is highly unlikely. "The scientific issues are far from clear and ... there are some significant ethical concerns that have to be dealt with," said Dr. Michael Friedman, acting FDA commissioner. Seed has said he plans to clone a person within 18 months. He has no medical degree, no laboratory backing, and little money, so many scientists aren't taking him seriously.

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Prayer taken from Opening Prayer of Saint Agnes' feast today.

Almighty, eternal God, You choose what the world considers weak to put the worldly power to shame. May we, who celebrate the birth of St. Agnes into eternal joy, be loyal to the faith she professed.

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