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Facebook: A Billion Users

A billion people use Facebook at least once a month. The news was announced by Mark Zuckerberg, one of the co-founders of the social networking site, who said the number was unprecedented. With the diffusion of smartphones, Facebook has become the most utilized application on the planet. In fact, 600 million people throughout the world… Read more »

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Children on Behalf of Peace

This year’s International Children’s Peace Prize was won by 13-year-old Kesz Valdez from the Philippines, for his efforts to improve the rights of street children in his country, where more than 246,000 street children are subjected to abuse, violence and child labor. The prestigious Dutch prize is awarded each year to a child from anywhere… Read more »

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A Growing Number of Christians in Africa

By now, Christianity has more adherents in Africa than Islam does, making it the continent’s first religion. This affirmation is based on the data presented at the recent Congress, Religions in a Globalized Context, organized by the El Jadida University in Morocco in collaboration with the New Religions Study Center of Italy. Thirty-one of Africa’s… Read more »

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Baobab: A Network Linking the Caritas Staff Worldwide

Being able to relay accurate information quickly is very important, especially in times of emergency. In view of this, a new information-sharing platform has been launched on the World Wide Web. Known as Caritas Baobab, it is an internal communication platform for the 160+ Caritas organizations around the world. The platform, which was set up… Read more »

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Aleteia: A Worldwide Catholic Social Network for Sharing the Faith

Aleteia.org, a major evangelization initiative for the digital world, was launched in the autumn of 2011 from Rome. Supported by the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media (FEM), its purpose is to mobilize all meaningful institutions engaged in evangelization and the media. Aleteia, which is Greek for “truth,” is composed of about a thousand partners,… Read more »

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Young Europeans for a World without Violence

Two thousand young people gathered at Auschwitz, Poland from 20-23 September 2012 to say no to violence. The occasion for the turnout was the Third International Meeting of Young Europeans for a World without Violence. The young people, who came from Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, listened to testimonies… Read more »

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Year of Faith: Documentary on Vatican II

At a press conference on 17 Sept. 2012, Bishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presented a special initiative for the Year of Faith: a documentary on Vatican Council II, made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council, which opened on 11 October 1962. “The objective of the film… Read more »

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Pastoral Care of the Road for the Continent of Africa and Madagascar

Pastoral Care of the Road: A Journey Together was the theme of the first Meeting of Pastoral Care of the Road for the Continent of Africa and Madagascar. The encounter, held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, from 11-15 September 2012, was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in collaboration… Read more »

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Sarajevo: World Meeting for Peace

Twenty years after the dramatic siege of Sarajevo (1991-1995), religious leaders and notables from political circles from about 60 countries gathered in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo from 9-11 September to participate in a world meeting for peace. Organized by the St. Egidio Community (a Christian evangelical movement founded in Rome) in collaboration with the… Read more »

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