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Books as Freedom

The tenth edition of Italy’s annual Book and Reading Festival, dedicated this year to the theme of freedom, was held in the Parco della Musica Auditorium, Rome, from 14-17 March 2019. Over the past ten years, the Festival has attracted over 325,000 people, going beyond national boundaries to involve authors, publishers, readers, actors, politicians and…

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ITALY
90 Years in Cagliari

On 5 February, the date of Maestra Thecla’s birth to heaven, the FSP community of Cagliari celebrated its 90th anniversary of presence in the capital of Sardinia, a beautiful Italian region, rich in faith, culture and ancient traditions. A special Mass of Thanksgiving was presided over by His Excellency Arrigo Miglio, Bishop of the diocese…. Read more »

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ITALY
A Family…“Secret”

As usual, the Juniors of the Pauline Family present in Italy met in Rome for a few days of formation (1-3 March). Members of almost all the 10 Institutes founded by Blessed James Alberione participated in the event. Here is what they said about it: “Together we lived three days of fraternity, deeper reflection on… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

The World Wide Web is celebrating its 30th birthday. On 12 March 1989, physicist Tim Berners Lee presented an essay to CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, proposing the theoretical basis of a computer network that would allow computers throughout the world to interact with one another. The first web site… Read more »

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FESPACO Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO), which takes place annually in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, brings together all the main actors in African cinema. The international visibility of the event has allowed many young African directors to make themselves known throughout the world. This year, to celebrate the Festival’s 50th anniversary, the theme was Cinema at the Service

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KENYA
Civic Education in the Schools

The Archdiocese of Nairobi held two symposia on the theme: A Pupil Leader, Model of Attitude and Character Formation: “Let the little children come to me…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” About 1,800 students who hold leadership roles in schools throughout the Archdiocese attended these formative sessions. In his opening address, Cardinal John Njue, …

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Sweden. Wall of Kindness

A “Wall of Kindness” has recently appeared in Sweden. Free-standing “walls” with pegs attached have been set up on the snowy streets of Uppsala where you can take–or else leave as gifts–items such as jackets, scarves, hats, sweaters and anything else that can be used as a defense against the region’s rigid winter…

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NIGERIA
The Word of God in Africa

The Daughters of St. Paul of Abuja celebrated the 75th birthday of Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the diocese, with the presentation of his new book, The Word of God in Africa. The volume is the third in a series of his writings entitled Seeking Common Grounds and Theology in Context. One of the…

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ITALY
Alba: A Park in Memory of Thecla Merlo

The Town Council of Alba is planning to name a little park (officially called a “Green Area”) on Corso Europa (Europe Drive) after Sr. Tecla Merlo, widely regarded as an illustrious local personage, in remembrance of the significant role she played in the town’s history. The memorial is Alba’s homage to a person who made… Read more »

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Stop the War on Children!

One in five: in all, 420 million children live in combat zones–30 million more than in 2016. This information is contained in the Stop the War on Children report, presented by Save the Children, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. We read that in 2017 over 10,000 children were killed or mutilated due to bombing, and it is estimated that at least 100,000 newborns lose their lives every year due …

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