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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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Religion Today Film Festival 2018

The 21st Edition of the Religion Today Film Festival–an international review of cinema, religion and society–took place from 4-11 October. The event, which this year investigated the beliefs and values of the younger generations, highlighted the needs of the Millennials (the generation of media users born between 1980-2000), who are coping with the rapid

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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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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 facebook.com/signiscompetitions/); – participation in the canonization of the patron of… Read more »

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