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Birth of an Observatory on Respect for Religious Freedom in the World

In addition to launching a study and analysis of religious freedom around the world, the new Observatory will monitor the conditions of religious minorities across the globe to strengthen their protection and will also formulate proposals for awareness-raising activities. Salvatore Martinez, president of the Vatican Foundation “International Family Center of Nazareth,” has been appointed head… Read more »

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The St. Egidio Community Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary of Foundation

Fifty years at the service of peace, the poor, the sick, and also interreligious dialogue: these are the guiding lights of the St. Egidio Community, founded in Rome in 1968 by Andrea Riccardi. The Community, which today numbers thousands of adherents throughout the world, has carried out many important and successful initiatives, such as the… Read more »

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Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day (World Network Security Day) is an annual event established in 2004 and organized internationally with the support of the European Commission, in order to promote a more secure and responsible use of the Web and new technologies, in particular for children and young people. It is celebrated worldwide on 6 February. Over… Read more »

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Christian Persecution on the Rise Throughout the World

Today over 215 million Christians throughout the world suffer persecution for the Faith. Heading the list of oppressor-nations is North Korea, while Pakistan has the distinction of being the world’s most violent anti-Christian country, and India is experiencing a rise in Hindu radicalism. This information is part of the 2018 Report published by the Open… Read more »

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Building Peace in South Sudan and the Congo

Building peace together in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: this is the title of the round table discussion held on 18 January in the main conference hall of the Pontifical Urbanianum University, Rome, Italy. The event, organized by the Union of Male Superiors General and the Solidarity for South Sudan Association,… Read more »

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Vatican News Exceeds 4 Million Users on Social Media

A community that exceeds 4 million users between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram: this is the result of the reorganization of the social media channels of the Holy See’s Secretariat for Communication, which have been unified under the logo Vatican News. In particular, according to a statement from the dicastery, the launch of a Global… Read more »

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Farewell to Fr. Emilio Mayer The “Priest of the Cinema”

Fr. Emilio Mayer, the “cinema priest” of Bergamo, Italy, died on 2 January 2018 at the age of 99. He had served as director of SAS (Servizio Assistenza Sale) of the Lombard capital from 1965-2008, and as president of the Catholic Association of Cinema Operators from 1981-1999. At the outset of his priestly ministry, Fr…. Read more »

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New Portal: vaticannews.va

The Vatican’s new portal is perfectly in line with today’s digital environment. An eye-catching feature is its menu, which is set up in an agile and functional way. The choices displayed on a red band are confined to four pivotal words: Pope, Vatican, Church, World. The terms themselves immediately convey the idea of a Church… Read more »

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Fides News Agency: 90 years of Service to the Church

Fides News Agency, founded in 1927 by the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is the first Missionary Agency of the Church and among the first agencies in the world to use the press to disseminate information about the Church’s missionary activity. It also encourages animation and cooperation with this activity through vocational… Read more »

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FOCSIV International Volunteer Awards Bestowed on Three Women

Volunteer work as a commitment lived above all “in the first person, in the feminine”–this is what motivated FOCSIV to bestow its International Volunteer Awards this year on three women: Anna Dedola, manager of the Cope Project in Iringa, Tanzania; Khadija Tirha, a Civil Service volunteer in Italy’s Piedmont region, and Alganesc Fessaha, president of… Read more »

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