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Pope planning document?

According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “Pope Benedict is preparing a document on bioethics, biogenetics and in particular, on the protection of the embryo."

The Pope wishes to prevent any manipulation of the human embryo on the ground that whatever is ‘technically possible’ in this area is ‘morally unacceptable.’

The Pope has reportedly asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to study the issue in depth, and the CDF has already started examining its various aspects by meeting with experts in the field.

The news ‘preview’ came from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, incoming Vatican Secretary of State, who referred to it at the end of a conference on the family held in Genoa, at which former Italian Senate President Marcello Pera also took part.

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