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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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Pakistan: Give Women a More Active Role in Society

About 130 Christian women participated in a congress held in Lahore, during which they analyzed various problems in Pakistani society and proposed initiatives to help resolve them. They took advantage of this event to once more courageously affirm that the women of the country should be allowed to play a more active role in society,… Read more »

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Intracontinental Commerce: Key to Development

Increased commerce between the countries of Africa is the key to the continent’s development: this is the message that the bankers and economists want to broadcast to the world at the conclusion of their meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. MISNA reports that according to the estimates of the African Union, intracontinental commerce amounts to 10-13% of… Read more »

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China: Over 22,000 Baptisms on Easter Sunday

Fides News Agency reports that 22,104 catechumens were baptized on Easter Sunday in China. The data was collected by the Study Center of Faith, located in the country’s Hebei province. The newly-baptized, 75% of whom are adults, belong to 101 dioceses. Sr. Li Guo Shuang of the Study Center says: “Some dioceses and communities were… Read more »

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Arab World: A New Springtime for Women’s Rights?

Arab women’s rights activists are asking their national leaders to rewrite the Constitutions of their nations and to include women on the teams to do this job. These are the primary requests that emerged during their meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from 16-17 May 2012. More than 50 women from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Morocco,… Read more »

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Africa Day

A Celebration of African Unity and Culture

Africa Day–a celebration of African unity and of the continent’s cultural and economic potential–is the annual commemoration on 25 May of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (today known as the African Union). Made up of 54 States, the Union tackles problems like poverty, natural catastrophes, extreme meteorological conditions and wars. The… Read more »

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Episcopal Conferences Online

Churches in Europe; Churches for Europe

The Episcopal Conferences of Europe have inaugurated a new information portal that offers each Conference the chance to disseminate news about its initiatives. The articles are automatically translated into the 32 languages spoken in Europe. ( “This necessary instrument is the fruit of the communion of bishops,” said Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council… Read more »

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Farewell to Pierre Babin, Missionary-Communicator

Pierre Babin, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a renowned expert in the field of religious communication, has died at the age of 87. Fr. Babin, who was passionately interested in the mass media and sociology, founded the Crec Avex Research and Training Center in Ecully (near Lyon) France, where hundreds… Read more »

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World Book Day

UNESCO has proclaimed 23 April as World Book Day. Now in its 15th year, the event is meant to restore primacy to books and help kids get to know them. The celebration encourages people to read and to frequent book stores and libraries. UNESCO, in collaboration with a committee made up of the International Publishers… Read more »

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