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A thousand medical sisters are dedicated to health care

More than a thousand medical sisters in India silently contribute to the health care of the poorest and most marginalized. The “Sister Doctors Forum of India” (SDFI) is a group of thousands of religious who are also specialized in the medical profession, with highly qualified studies. The sisters belong to 104 religious congregations, which are… Read more »

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Mary with you

Mary with you, the new periodical of St Paul Publishing Group which is entirely dedicated to Our Lady and her presence in daily life, a support and comfort for every believer, is available at newsstands beginning May 10. “The significance of the magazine,” says the director, Father Antonio Rizzolo, “is entirely in the title. Christians… Read more »

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14th Edition of the Biblical Festival

The 14th edition of Vicenza’s annual Biblical Festival took place from 3-27 May in Vicenza, Verona, Padua, Rovigo and Vittorio Veneto. The very up-to-date theme of the event was The Future, presented principally in its fundamental connection to our existence. Organized and promoted by the Diocese of Vicenza and the Society of St. Paul, this… Read more »

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Director Ermanno Olmi has died

Italian director and screenwriter, Ermanno Olmi has died at the age of 86.  He was born on July 24, 1931 in Bergamo in a deeply Catholic peasant family.  Creator of a personal and innovative language, he narrated the great myths of the Christian tradition and, with the film L’albero degli zoccoli (title of English version:… Read more »

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The Neocatechumenal Way: 50 years of presence in Rome

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the presence of the Neocatechumenal Way in Rome, an international meeting with Pope Francis took place on May 5th. The encounter at Tor Vergata, in the area that hosted World Youth Day in 2000, was attended by 150,000 participants from 134 nations. During the meeting Pope Francis commissioned 36… Read more »

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Religious in war zones and against trafficking

The meeting organized by the US Embassy to the Holy See with the Union of Superiors General took place in Rome on the topics of the presence of women religious on the front lines of the war zones and against human trafficking. One of the participants in the seminar, Sister Carmen Bandeo, explains the importance… Read more »

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World Poetry Day 2018

On 21 March, the first day of spring, many countries around the globe celebrated World Poetry Day, established by UNESCO during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999. The purpose of the Day is to underscore the privileged role poetry plays in promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, linguistic and cultural diversity, communication and peace…. Read more »

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Gaudete et Exsultate: The Saints “Next Door”

Gaudete et Exsultate, the third apostolic exhortation written by Pope Francis, reproposes the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. “God calls us to be saints in the midst of everyday life,” the Pope writes. Saints, not superheroes. And this invitation to holiness is… Read more »

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Women of Courage Award

Born in 1944 in Sondrio, Italy, and a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Jeanne Antide Thouret, Sr. Maria Elena Berini received the International Women of Courage Award 2018 from the hands of American First Lady, Melania Trump. One of the 10 women chosen each year from all over the world to… Read more »

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Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema

Now in its 28th edition, the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival took place in Milan from 18-25 March. Dedicated to the cinematography of the three continents, the Festival focused in particular on the themes of migration and cultural identities. Twenty-five films in national premiere, three in world premiere and twelve short films (all… Read more »

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