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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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World Radio Day 2020

The heart of this Day, promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the importance of diversity. The first message broadcast by UN Radio was on 13 February 1946. More than 70 years have passed since then, full of changes in communication and technology up to the arrival of the Internet… Read more »

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Birth of the Super Nuns Community

To mark the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, Pope Francis met with members of the Talitha Kum network and the Galileo Foundation in the library of the Apostolic Palace and with a click on the laptop activated the Super Nuns page on the Patreon platform. The new initiative aims to raise…

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Missionaries Killed in 2019

The Extraordinary Missionary Month, celebrated by the Church in October 2019, was an opportunity to rediscover many witnesses of the Faith who spent their lives for the Gospel in very diverse contexts and situations in their local Churches. Like every year, Fides News Agency gathered information about the missionaries killed during the past year. For …

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Remains of St. Timothy on View in the Vatican

In conjunction with the celebration of the first Sunday of the Word of God, scheduled for 26 January 2020, the remains of the body of St. Timothy will be accessible for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. It is the first time that the urn containing the remains of St. Paul’s disciple, preserved in the… Read more »

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Journalists: Targets for Murder

The UNESCO Report on the World Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists says that 55% of the journalists killed in the last two years were working in non-combat areas, which means that they lost their lives not as a result of bombs or other weapons of destruction while performing their duties as reporters…

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50th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is a wonderful example of collaboration among the military (U.S. Department of Defense), hackers and academics. Today the Web is the communication platform that connects the world. And it was not meant for war! In fact, the idea behind it was to create a universal library, called the Intergalactic Computer Network–a… Read more »

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Engage the Past Through Sounds and Images: this is the theme of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2019, promoted by UNESCO and celebrated every year on 27 October. The aim of WDAH is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our collective histories–often captured on film, video, audio or digital formats–because…

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