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New Directory for Catechesis: Living in the Digital Culture

Twenty-three years after the publication of the General Directory for Catechesis (1971) and 15 years after the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2005), the updated Directory for Catechesis has now been released. The purpose of the text is to confront the new problems the Church is called to live. For the Daughters…

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VENEZUELA
10th Anniversary of Radio Natividad

The diocese of San Cristobal, Venezuela, launched Radio Natividad ten year ago, offering listeners programs centered on catechesis, reflections on a variety of subjects, sermons and Lectio Divina by Bishop Mario Moronta, who said in a recent testimony: “We use radio to evangelize and to spread the message of God to countless people, many of… Read more »

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VatiVision: a New Religious Platform

VatiVision, a new on-demand religious platform offering cultural, artistic and religious content inspired by the Christian message, is now a reality. It is something new in the field of religious communication, but not from a media point of view. The project, in fact, is inspired by the realities that dominate the market, from Netflix to…

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Laudato Si’ and Communications

To make the Pope’s encyclical a springboard for building a professional future based on respect for nature and creation so as to guide the younger generations toward safeguarding and protecting our common home: the Earth. This is the call that 9 carefully-selected young communications professionals accepted when they gathered together in India for a 3-month-long… Read more »

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From Orthodox Church to Poetry Bookshop

The Russian Orthodox Church located in the Huangpu district of Shanghai, China, has not been used as a place of worship for many years. Over time, the edifice was utilized in various ways until it was finally entrusted to the Shanghai Historic Building Protection Affairs Center in 1994. In allowing the building to be transformed… Read more »

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From Chapel To Book Store

Located in the 13th century Gothic chapel of the former Dominican Monastery in Maastricht, Holland, the Boekhandel Dominicanen (Dominican Book Store) retains the mystique of its origins, even though today it is a blend of the sacred and the secular, with more than 45,000 books distributed among its stone capitals, crosses and frescoed vaults. The…

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World Book Day 2020

World Book and Copyright Day, promoted by UNESCO, celebrated its 25th anniversary on 23 April 2020. The Day was characterized by many initiatives in spite of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 emergency. Among the events programmed were book readings, streaming marathons and activities aimed at relaunching a sector of society severely tested by the…

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E-book of Prayers during Covid-19

In these days of quarantine, social desolation and terror triggered by news of the Covid-19 pandemic being broadcast by TV and the Internet, the Holy See is offering an aid to all believers in the form of a book entitled Forte nella tribolazione (Strong in Trials), available free of charge on the Vatican Publications website….

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ITALY
Who will separate us: Confronting the Coronavirus

The Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) has set up a new digital platform to help the faithful meet the challenge of the coronavirus epidemic. Practical advice and a variety of articles, reflections, news and pastoral material can be found at https://chiciseparera.chiesacattolica.it. The initiative, says a CEI press release, wants to offer signs of hope for rebuilding… Read more »

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Artificial Intelligence

Many experts and prominent individuals recently took part in a Workshop entitled The “Good” Algorithm? Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, Law, Health, organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life and held in the Vatican. At the end of the event, the participants were asked to ratify a Charter entitled A Call for AI Ethics. The first signers …

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