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International Eucharistic Congress

The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress is underway in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, from 5-12 September 2021. Its agenda includes celebrations in the city’s main square, exhibitions, cultural events, a theological symposium, and the testimonies of representatives of Churches from all over the world, including from countries at war. On Saturday, 11 September, a solemn… Read more »

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World Humanitarian Aid Day

Each year, 19 August marks the anniversary of the 2003 bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. Since then, World Humanitarian Day has been an opportunity to commemorate the many women and men volunteers who risk being attacked, injured or killed in the context of… Read more »

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Giffoni Film Festival 2021

This 50th edition of the Giffoni Film Festival, which took place from 21 to 31 July 2021, saw 101 films in competition from 35 different countries. A film festival for children and young people who were personally involved in watching the films, judging them and awarding the winner. Three thousand young people arrived from Italy… Read more »

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Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness

The tenth World Meeting of Families will be held in Rome from 22 to 26 June 2022. The theme of the meeting will be Family Love: a vocation and a path to holiness. In a video message, Pope Francis presented the way it will be held: “The Meeting will take a multi-centre and widespread form,..

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International Festival of Social Advertising

The 15th edition of the Publifestival – International Festival of Social Advertising – awarded first prize in the category “Best Execution of an Advertising Campaign” to the campaign created by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Holy See’s Communication Department together with the High Commission for Human Fraternity and produced by the agency…

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Brazil: Solidarity carpet of Corpus Christi

In the parish of St Anthony of Padua in the city of Natal, located in the north-eastern region of Brazil, the popular Corpus Christi festivity has become a great gesture of solidarity. The carpet of flowers, created annually by the faithful, has seen a new version. The floral decorations of the traditional Corpus Christi procession… Read more »

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Sleeping in the library

Not on books, but among books. This was the idea behind Gladstone’s Library, the most famous library in Wales, founded by statesman William Gladstone at the end of the nineteenth century. In addition to an extraordinary collection of about 250,000 books, the structure houses twenty-six rooms where you can spend the night in peace and… Read more »

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Vatican: webinar on the challenge of new media and digital platforms

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences promoted, starting on 12 May, a three-day online event on the theme Changing media in a changing world, involving media scholars, philosophers, anthropologists and economists. These days of reflection analysed the challenge for man and society posed by the new digital communication platforms, which, as the preparatory document of…

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The lay ministry of catechist 

Pope Francis instituted the Lay Ministry of catechist. “The reception of a lay ministry such as that of Catechist will emphasise even more the missionary commitment proper to every baptised person, a commitment that must however be carried out in a fully secular manner avoiding any form of clericalisation,” the Pontiff writes in the apostolic…

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