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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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World Book Day 2021

World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every year on 23 April thanks to UNESCO, which sponsored the event to promote reading and book publishing. The Day was officially established in 1995, when during the 28th UNESCO General Conference in Paris, 12 countries proposed to launch the initiative. World Book Day aims to remind people… Read more »

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Five years of @franciscus, the Pope’s instagram account

It was 19 March 2016 when the online adventure of Francis’ channel began with the aim of becoming close to the world in mercy and tenderness. Today, it is followed by more than 7 million people who in turn interact, comment and share the different and special moments of the Pontiff’s mission. It has been… Read more »

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A 20-kilometre-long spiral library in Sydney

Twenty kilometres of wooden ribbons from sustainable sources wrapped in a continuous spiral, without interruption. This is the extraordinary new public library in Sydney, Australia. Not just a container for books, but a meeting place for all those who love reading or want to spend a few hours relaxing, alone or in company. A container… Read more »

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World’s first hotel with a literary butler

A hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, is offering guests the perfect literary service with a butler who is always ready to offer books, reading ideas and literary advice. The Ben West Palm hotel has teamed up with The Palm Beach Book Store to offer the world’s first in-room literary service. By picking up the phone,… Read more »

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Women read Fratelli tutti

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, at the initiative of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations, a rich exchange between religious and diplomatic leaders took place in the webinar Women Read Fratelli tutti, organised by the Ministry of Culture and Interreligious Dialogue. Women from different religious and cultural backgrounds commented on the…

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A Catholic Academy of Arts Opens in Seoul

To spread awareness of Church art and manage it more professionally: in view of this goal, the Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea, decided to open a Catholic Academy of Arts. The Academy, reports Ucanews Agency, plans to collect art and artifacts both within the Archdiocese itself and from other parts of the country, so as…

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