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Peace Journalism Takes Center Stage in the Vatican

An international conference and a forum on Peace Journalism: the dual event, organized by the Holy See’s Dicastery for Communication, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communications), was held at the Vatican on 13 October in preparation for the canonization of Blessed Paul VI and… Read more »

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Library of the Future

Can a single “eye” contain 1.2 million books? Yes, if it is the one designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to house the Tianjin Binhai public library in China. The atrium of the 5-storey-high edifice is graced by a huge 3D eyeball framed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves staggered at different levels. The curving lines of the… Read more »

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Theme of World Communications Day 2019

“‘We are members one of another’ (Eph. 4:25). From network community to human communities.” This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for World Communications Day 2019. According to a Vatican Press release, “The theme underlines the importance of giving back to communication a broad perspective, based on the person, and emphasizes the value of… Read more »

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The Most Beautiful Book Store in the World

One of the most beautiful book stores in the world is hidden in an ex-theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The El Ateneo Book Store, located in what was formerly the Gran Splendid Theater, is a true paradise for readers. It was acquired in the 1990’s by Yenny-El Ateneo Publishers, which transformed the building into a… Read more »

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Museum of the Bible

Washington, D.C., capital of the United States, is home to the world’s largest museum of Sacred Scripture. Totaling 40,000 square meters (430,00 sq. feet) of floor space, the entire 8-story building is dedicated to the Book that, more than any other, has influenced the history of humanity. The purpose of the museum, which was established… Read more »

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SIGNIS Projects

SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) is working closely with the Communication Dicastery of the Holy See on two important projects: – an international competition associated with World Communications Day (information about requirements for participation in the competition and ownership rights can be found on; – participation in the canonization of the patron of… Read more »

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Literature Festival 2018

The 22nd edition of Italy’s Festivaletteratura (Literature Festival) took place in Mantua from 5-9 September 2018. Launched in 1997, the Festival is one of Italy’s most anticipated annual cultural events: five days of meetings with authors, readings, guided tours, shows and concerts.
The many events held in public squares, halls and other places throughout the

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Digitization of the World’s Oldest Library

The precious parchments and manuscripts in the Santa Caterina Monastery Library, considered to be the oldest continually-operating library in the world, will soon be digitized thanks to an agreement between the Monastery, the Library of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library and Arcadia Fund, one of the UK’s… Read more »

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Sacred Music: 18th Edition of Anima Mundi

Anima Mundi, the annual International Festival of Sacred Music, will be held in Pisa, Italy from 7-20 September 2018. This year’s program consists of seven concerts that program organizers hope will deeply move the hundreds of thousands of visitors who plan to attend the performances, which will be held in the Cathedral of Pisa and… Read more »

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Final message of Amecea

Migrants, families, young people: these are the central points of the concluding message of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (Amecea), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A re-evangelization of Africa is needed! This is one of the strongest cries of the final message, which says that the continent is… Read more »

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