- Dec 5, 2019
The nationwide flu outbreak has prompted dioceses to take steps to suspend traditional rituals to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.
In the midst of an ongoing political crisis over the continued rule of President Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now experiencing its worse cholera outbreak in two decades.
As a cholera epidemic threatens the lives of more than 14 million Zambians, the country has banned church services and other gatherings in Lusaka’s high-density residential areas.
Plague is endemic in Madagascar – a large island nation in the Indian Ocean, just over 300 miles off the coast of Africa – and outbreaks happen nearly every year. This year, the plague has already spread to ten cities, including the capital, Antananarivo, and the coastal cities of Toamasina and Mahajanga.
It became official this week: We can now edit the genetic material of embryos. It’s being hailed as a major breakthrough to fight disease, but as the movie “Gattaca” so brilliantly demonstrated two decades ago, there are numerous, profound ethical questions when such a practice is normalized. If we wait for our grandchildren to resolve them, it will be too late.
During his address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump recognized Megan Crowley, a University of Notre Dame student born with a rare disease, for her strength and character while living with the inherited disorder since being diagnosed at 15 months old.