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800 Journalists Assassinated in the Last 10 Years

Crimes against media workers are crimes against human rights because they violate fundamental freedoms and undermine the principles of the rule of law. These dangers were recognized on the international level by means of a UN General Assembly resolution in 2013, which established an International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists. A report… Read more »

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The Catechism Enters the Digital Culture

A great multimedia production that for the first time transforms the full text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church into a 25-hour film, divided into 46 half-hour episodes that take the viewer on an extraordinary journey across the five continents. Distributed in DVD format by the SSP Publishing Group, the Videocatechism of the Catholic

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WALES
Book Town

A medieval village in Wales is home to a unique open-air bookshop. Open 24 hours a day, the shop is run on the principles of honesty and trust. Books can be donated, borrowed or bought by putting a small donation in a strongbox set in the wall of Hay Castle for this purpose. The Honesty… Read more »

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Let’s Read! A week of reading out loud in the classroom

From 22-27 October 2018, numerous elementary and high schools all over Italy celebrated for the fifth consecutive year Libriamoci (Let’s Read!) Week–an initiative dedicated to helping young people discover the pleasure and power of reading and its ability to involve everyone when it is done out loud. Almost 300 people, many of them well known

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Mother Teresa Award 2018

“In a world in which the rights of women, children and those who cannot defend themselves are denied, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege are people who can explain their pain to a wider global audience.” With these words, Abraham Mathai, founder of the Harmony Foundation, set forth the reasons that led the institution to bestow… Read more »

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Dialogue Between Buddhist and Christian Nuns

Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue: this was the theme of the first joint International Conference between consecrated women of the two religions, held in the city of Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan, on the initiative of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Association of Major Women Superiors of Taiwan

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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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CHINA
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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ARGENTINA
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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