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PHILIPPINES: First Meeting on the Catholic Social Media

450 people gathered on 14 July 2012 in Marikina City to participate in the First International Meeting on the Catholic Social Media. The Youth Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, which organized the encounter, said that the purpose of the event was to encourage the Catholic faithful to evangelize cyberspace. “The meeting… Read more »

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Support Features for the Year of Faith

The logo for the Year of Faith is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is depicted sailing over the waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). Behind… Read more »

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013

Ever since the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first celebrated in 1908, the preparation of a pastoral aid for this event has been entrusted to an ecumenical group from a different country. India has been charged with preparing the aid for 2013. The task was placed in the hands of India’s Christian Students… Read more »

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First Woman President for the African Union

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s Minister of Health under the post-apartheid government of Nelson Mandela, was elected by the African Union Commission as its chairperson on 15 July 2012, making her the first woman to lead the organization, which includes most of the nations of Africa. This appointment and recognition is an important event for the… Read more »

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Pan-African Congress for the Catholic Laity

Being Witnesses of Jesus Christ in Africa Today: “Salt of the Earth and Light of the World” is the theme of the upcoming Pan-African Congress for the Catholic Laity, which will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon, from 4-9 September 2012. The Congress, which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, is part… Read more »

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World Day of Peace 2013

For the celebration of the 46th World Day of Peace on 1 January 2013, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has chosen the theme, Blessed are the peacemakers. The news bulletin released by the Vatican Press Office says that the annual Message of the Pope, in the complexity of the present time, wants to encourage everyone… Read more »

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The Church of the Nativity: UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem warmly welcomed UNESCO’s decision on 29 June 2012 to add the Church of the Nativity, located in Bethlehem, to its list of World Heritage Sites. The site also includes the pilgrimage route to Bethlehem. Prior to this recognition, the city of Bethlehem itself was already listed as a UNESCO World… Read more »

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Third Catholic Cinema Festival Held in Rome

The Third International Catholic Cinema Festival, an initiative sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Councils for Culture and the Promotion of the New Evangelization, was held in Rome, Italy from 2-5 July 2012. For the first time, the itinerary of the Festival will be reinforced with an International Congress on the theme, The Cinema and the… Read more »

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The Identity of the Priest: A Key Element in Boosting Vocations to the Priesthood

With the publication of the document, Pastoral Guidelines for the Promotion of Vocations to the Priestly Ministry, the Congregation for Catholic Education has concluded its 7-year reflection on the centrality of the priestly ministry within the Catholic Church. The new document is meant to relaunch pastoral efforts in this regard. The text is subdivided into… Read more »

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First 3-D movie about Jesus “Made in India”

Entitled Thirty Pieces of Silver, the first-ever 3D film on Jesus, currently under production in India, is scheduled to be released for Easter 2013 in 5,000 movie theaters throughout the world. Filming will start in July 2012 and the completed movie will be dubbed in nine languages, including Malayalam and English. The film’s director, producers… Read more »

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