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Vatican: International Conference on Human Trafficking

The Sector for Migrants and Refugees of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development organized an International Conference on Human Trafficking. Bishops, priests, men and women religious, project coordinators and pastoral agents from all over the world (a total of almost 200 experts in the field) gathered in Vatican City from 8-11 April 2019… Read more »

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International Journalism Festival

The 13th edition of the International Journalism Festival, held in Perugia, Italy from 3-7 April 2019, featured 600 guest speakers (half of them women) from all over the world and a huge public eager to participate in a rich agenda centered on current topics and information. An increasingly young and cosmopolitan public poured into Perugia… Read more »

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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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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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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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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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World Radio Day 2019

On 13 February 2019, UNESCO celebrated the 8th edition of World Radio Day, which this year centered on the theme, Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace. “This day”–a statement reads–“marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio informs, transforms and unites us. It brings together people…

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Wi-fi Monastery: An Encounter To Find the Truth of God

What was intended to be a small meeting among friends to pray together blossomed into an event in which over 2000 people from all over Italy participated. The first “general chapter” of Wi-fi Monastery, as it was nicknamed, took place on 19 January in St. John Lateran Basilica, Rome, Italy. Organized by Costanza Miriano, a journalist…

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Safer Internet Day

On 5 February, more than 140 countries around the world celebrated Safer Internet Day, an international event organized by the Insafe/Inhope Network, with the support of the European Commission. The purpose of the initiative is to promote greater awareness in using the Internet and help its users foresee and handle the risks associated with navigating

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