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Biblical Festival

The 15th edition of the Biblical Festival organized by the Society of St. Paul, which from Vicenza has extended over time to other cities in the Venice region (Padua, Vittorio Veneto, Rovigo, Verona), from this year on will also reach the territories of Como, Alba and Treviso. The initial intention of the Festival remains unchanged,… Read more »

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More Books than People

The holder of this record is the Norwegian town of Mundal, which welcomes the most avid tour-ists and readers from May to September. The “book vocation” unites all the inhabitants of this town, so much so that it has earned the title of Norwegian Booktown. There is no snack bar, shop,

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Religious: Sowers of Hope

From 6-10 May 2019, about 850 women Superiors General from all over the world gathered in Rome for the XXI Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). The theme of the meeting, Sowers of Prophetic Hope, focused attention on how women religious can be signs of hope in the midst of the …

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World Book Day

Every year, on 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries. The event, sponsored by UNESCO, has been held since 1996 as a response to the Organization’s resolution to encourage reading, publishing activities and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. The idea of a day dedicated to books… Read more »

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Vatican: International Conference on Human Trafficking

The Sector for Migrants and Refugees of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development organized an International Conference on Human Trafficking. Bishops, priests, men and women religious, project coordinators and pastoral agents from all over the world (a total of almost 200 experts in the field) gathered in Vatican City from 8-11 April 2019… Read more »

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International Journalism Festival

The 13th edition of the International Journalism Festival, held in Perugia, Italy from 3-7 April 2019, featured 600 guest speakers (half of them women) from all over the world and a huge public eager to participate in a rich agenda centered on current topics and information. An increasingly young and cosmopolitan public poured into Perugia… Read more »

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Books as Freedom

The tenth edition of Italy’s annual Book and Reading Festival, dedicated this year to the theme of freedom, was held in the Parco della Musica Auditorium, Rome, from 14-17 March 2019. Over the past ten years, the Festival has attracted over 325,000 people, going beyond national boundaries to involve authors, publishers, readers, actors, politicians and…

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Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

The World Wide Web is celebrating its 30th birthday. On 12 March 1989, physicist Tim Berners Lee presented an essay to CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, proposing the theoretical basis of a computer network that would allow computers throughout the world to interact with one another. The first web site… Read more »

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FESPACO Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO), which takes place annually in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, brings together all the main actors in African cinema. The international visibility of the event has allowed many young African directors to make themselves known throughout the world. This year, to celebrate the Festival’s 50th anniversary, the theme was Cinema at the Service

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Sweden. Wall of Kindness

A “Wall of Kindness” has recently appeared in Sweden. Free-standing “walls” with pegs attached have been set up on the snowy streets of Uppsala where you can take–or else leave as gifts–items such as jackets, scarves, hats, sweaters and anything else that can be used as a defense against the region’s rigid winter…

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