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Conservationists call for protecting biodiversity

VATICAN (CNS): “We can learn how to take care of the world. And we must use all our strength to find ways of making the world more human, giving people the possibility to live their lives so that we may share the richness and the resources given to us in a way that could never be possessed or owned by us,” said the final, May 15 statement from the participants at a conference on species protection.
 

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Humanity’s ancestors and the evolving journey of prehumans

VATICAN (CNS): As a follow-up to a 2013 symposium on the origin and evolution of humans, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a workshop at the Vatican from April 12 to 13, to discuss the latest discoveries about humanity’s earliest ancestors, where they lived and what they may have looked like millions of years ago.
 








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Scientists must help health of planet and its people

VATICAN (CNS): Speaking on November 12 to members and experts invited to the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis called on scientists worldwide to serve humanity and the health of the planet, which means they must also propose viable solutions to problems and persuade government leaders and policy makers to implement them.
 

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China presence at organ trafficking conference called window-dressing

Hong Kong (UCAN): The presence of Chinese health officials at the March 12 to 13 conference on organ trafficking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, would be more meaningful if such meetings weren’t just mere “window-dressing,” said a human rights researcher.
 
Patrick Poon, an Amnesty International researcher, had little faith in what they had to offer.
 

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Church leaders praise Stephen Hawking

VATICAN CITY (CNS): British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and popular author, Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, died on March 14 at the age of 76. He was an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith.
                                        

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Chinese at Vatican talks accused of organ harvesting

HONG KONG (UCAN): The presence of two Chinese health officials at a February 7 and 8 Vatican summit on organ transplants that sparked sharp criticism, are now being accused of forced organ harvesting by international medical experts.

Huang Jiefu, a former vice minister of health in China, and Wang Haibo, an official responsible for the national organ transplant database, attended the summit organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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