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February 24, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 7   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Youth lead others in song with keynote speaker Steve Angrisano. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

'Shine!': Youth encouraged to 'Live the Light!'

WISCONSIN DELLS -- High school youth from throughout the Diocese of Madison were encouraged to "Shine! Live the Light!" at a recent Resurrection 2005 youth rally at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

They participated in Mass, song, prayer, talks, a concert, a dance, and other activities. Modules they attended ranged in topics from dealing with stress to relationships to studying the Word of God.

Living out our faith

Speaker and musician Dave Puente of St. Paul, Minn., spoke to the youth about making a connection between their lives and the Scriptures.

"It's not only about expanding in faith, but living it out," he said.

Keynote speaker was Steve Angrisano, an internationally recognized Catholic musician and speaker who has performed at conferences and rallies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Mixing stories with songs that made the audience laugh and cry, Angrisano taught the youth about faith.

"I think there are no words to express how much we have a God who loves us and cares for us," said Angrisano.

When he was 16, he received a Bible and a bookmark that read "You have a God-shaped vacuum in your heart that only God can fill."   Full story ...

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Adult stem cells:
Ethical alternative

Second in a two-part series.

MADISON -- There is evidence that some adult stem cells show pluripotent capacity, which researchers used to think characteristic only of embryonic stem cells.

That's what Dr. David Prentice, a nationally known researcher, told more than 300 people who gathered from throughout Wisconsin for a recent legislative conference sponsored by Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) and Christian Life Resources.

Prentice is a professor of life sciences at Indiana State University and adjunct professor of medical and molecular genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics.

Stem cells

Stem cells are used in regenerative medicine, in which they are injected into damaged tissue to repair it. The ethical problem with embryonic stem cells is that you have to kill the embryo to get the cells, said Prentice.

Using embryonic stem cells is actually inefficient, said Prentice. "If I had a heart attack and wanted to try to repair the damage, I just want heart cells. Researchers have yet to get embryonic stem cells of just one type in a dish."   Full story ...

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