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International Congress at the Pontifical Gregorian University

Church, Mission and Theology 50 Years after Vatican Council II

The 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Missiology Faculty (1932-2012) coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II. To celebrate these two significant events and also offer those interested a chance to reflect on the insistent pleas that emerged in the recent Synod on the New Evangelization,… Read more »

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Milan: Protagonist in Bookcity Celebration

From 16-18 November 2012, the capital city of Lombardy hosted a Bookcity celebration entitled Milan: City of Books and Reading. The program featured more than 350 events, including book presentations, the chance to meet and speak with authors, public reading sessions, exhibits, performances, dramatized readings, film clips and seminars in which many of the authors,… Read more »

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Bishops of North Africa Meet in Sicily

Call To Collaboration Regarding Immigrants and the New Evangelization

On 18 November 2012, the Bishops of the North African Episcopal Conference held their General Assembly for the first time in Sicily, Italy in response to the invitation of His Excellency Domenico Mogavero, Bishop of the Mazara del Vallo diocese. (Bishop Mogavero had already taken part in two preceding meetings of the Bishops of North… Read more »

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Pope Sets Up Pontifical Latin Academy

With the Motu Proprio Latina Lingua, Benedict XVI has set up a Pontifical Latin Academy, dependent on the Pontifical Council for Culture. The purpose of the new Academy will be to promote and make the most of the Latin language and culture, in particular in Catholic educational institutions since, as the Pope said, knowledge of… Read more »

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Archbishop John Onaiyekan Receives Pax Christi Award

Pax Christi International, the worldwide peace movement, conferred its 2012 Peace Award on John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, for his efforts to promote understanding between people of different faiths in a country in which socio-political conflicts threaten to poison the traditional peaceful living together of Christians and Muslims. In a world in which religions… Read more »

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Radio Contest: Disseminating Local Stories Abroad

The World Association of Community Radio Stations in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Latin American Radio Education Association and the Bostezo Cultural Association have invited community radio stations and popular educational broadcasting stations in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in a radio contest entitled Disseminating Local Stories Abroad.The purpose of the contest… Read more »

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AsiaNews Director Receives Award

The International Vittorino Colombo Prize was awarded this year to Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, Director of the AsiaNews Agency. Fr. Cervellera, a PIME religious, is passionately dedicated to his mission as a journalist and is deeply esteemed throughout the world for his news reports and profound analyses of the vast continent of Asia and its problems…. Read more »

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The Ratzinger Prize: Opening New Doors to Dialogue

On 20 October 2012, the Pope presented the Ratzinger Prize for Theology to two eminent scholars: American Jesuit Brian Daley, Professor of Patristics at Notre Dame University, and French scholar Rémi Brague, a philosopher and historian of cultural thought. “Father Daley and Professor Brague,” said Pope Benedict, “are exemplary for the transmission of knowledge that… Read more »

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World Mission Day 2012

The theme for World Mission Day this year centered on a statement of St. Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians (4:13): “I believed and therefore I spoke.” The missionary spirit is a very important characteristic in the life of every Christian, who should witness to his/her faith with the same steadfastness as the… Read more »

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Women Preparing for the Future…

Women Theologians Reread Vatican II To Take Up a History and Prepare the Future: this is the title of the Women’s International Theological Conference held at the St. Anselm Pontifical Atheneum, Rome, Italy from 4-6 October 2012. Theologians from all over the world came to Rome to participate in the 3-day meeting, which was dedicated… Read more »

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