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China: Over 22,000 Baptisms on Easter Sunday

Fides News Agency reports that 22,104 catechumens were baptized on Easter Sunday in China. The data was collected by the Study Center of Faith, located in the country’s Hebei province. The newly-baptized, 75% of whom are adults, belong to 101 dioceses. Sr. Li Guo Shuang of the Study Center says: “Some dioceses and communities were… Read more »

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Arab World: A New Springtime for Women’s Rights?

Arab women’s rights activists are asking their national leaders to rewrite the Constitutions of their nations and to include women on the teams to do this job. These are the primary requests that emerged during their meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from 16-17 May 2012. More than 50 women from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Morocco,… Read more »

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Africa Day

A Celebration of African Unity and Culture

Africa Day–a celebration of African unity and of the continent’s cultural and economic potential–is the annual commemoration on 25 May of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (today known as the African Union). Made up of 54 States, the Union tackles problems like poverty, natural catastrophes, extreme meteorological conditions and wars. The… Read more »

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Episcopal Conferences Online

Churches in Europe; Churches for Europe

The Episcopal Conferences of Europe have inaugurated a new information portal that offers each Conference the chance to disseminate news about its initiatives. The articles are automatically translated into the 32 languages spoken in Europe. (www.eurocathinfo.eu) “This necessary instrument is the fruit of the communion of bishops,” said Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council… Read more »

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Farewell to Pierre Babin, Missionary-Communicator

Pierre Babin, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a renowned expert in the field of religious communication, has died at the age of 87. Fr. Babin, who was passionately interested in the mass media and sociology, founded the Crec Avex Research and Training Center in Ecully (near Lyon) France, where hundreds… Read more »

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World Book Day

UNESCO has proclaimed 23 April as World Book Day. Now in its 15th year, the event is meant to restore primacy to books and help kids get to know them. The celebration encourages people to read and to frequent book stores and libraries. UNESCO, in collaboration with a committee made up of the International Publishers… Read more »

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Death of Fr. Jacob Srampickal, SJ

A frequent guest-teacher at various universities throughout the world, Fr. Srampickal headed numerous media and communications organizations. He was a member of the International Film Festival’s ecumenical jury, a consultant for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the director of the Interdisicplinary Center for Social Communications, and a professor at the Gregorian University, Rome, his… Read more »

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International Journalism Festival 2012

The 6th edition of the International Journalism Festival, open to journalists from all over the world, will be held in Perugia, Italy from 25-29 April. Festival venues, located in the historic buildings of the city’s medieval downtown zone, will host over 200 events and more than 450 guest speakers, who will gather to discuss journalism,… Read more »

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Babyradio: The first online radio station for children

Babyradio was born in Spain as the first online radio station with programming exclusively catering to children. The goal is to be available to the very youngest children 24 hours a day with unique programs composed of a series of entertaining educational content. Through songs, stories and music, the three Andalusian professionals who promoted this… Read more »

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