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Purim festival, carnival to be held Sunday

A Purim Festival Family Carnival and Celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Har Shalom, 2537 County Road 203.

From 4 to 5 p.m., there will be carnival games and prizes for kids. From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a potluck dinner. Participants are asked to bring a salad if their last name starts with A-K, an entree if the name starts with L-S, and a dessert if the name starts with T-Z. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a Megilla reading. Children are encouraged to dress in costume.

For more information or to volunteer, email Jim Abramowitz at abzden@aol.com, call (970) 317-5375, or call Lisa Smith at 759-1241.

Pope criticizes artificial procreation

VATICAN CITY – Speaking at the end of a three-day Vatican conference about diagnosing and treating infertility, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated church teaching that children should be conceived only through sex between a husband and a wife.

“The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn’t consist in a ‘product,’ but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual,” Benedict said.

He told the science and fertility experts in his audience to resist “the fascination of the technology of artificial fertility. Benedict cautioned the experts against “easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator,” an attitude he indicated underlies the field of artificial procreation.

Sperm or egg donation and methods such as in vitro fertilization are banned by the church.

The emphasis on science “and the logic of profit seem today to dominate the field of infertility and human procreation,” the pope said. But he added that the church encourages medical research into infertility.

Herald Staff and Associated Press

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