- Sep 21, 2020
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.
In a conversation with Crux, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, Australia, discusses his trying experience of recovering from a rare autoimmune disease that left him temporarily paralyzed, the Catholic Church’s fight against euthanasia and gay marriage, and more.
Francis has donated a pair of scooters to an elderly couple who lost their mobility due to diabetes and hypertension. An aid worker says, “The pope never stops amazing us.”