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'Good Is Winning' social media effort gears up for Pope Francis' visit
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.A. (CNS) -- A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis' visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious. These "nones," as researchers have called them, are especially found among the millennial generation, generally defined as those who came of age around the year 2000. A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that the number of people who define themselves as "nones" grew from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2014. Among millennials, the Pew survey showed…
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pornography is sexualizing the innocence of the nation's young children, causing a race to adulthood before the end of childhood. Young girls are being bombarded with photo-shopped images and are buying into unrealistic expectations set before them at an age meant for skinned knees and the Disney Channel. Those were some of the concerns raised at a U.S. Capitol Hill symposium July 14 where experts in the field of pornography research spoke about the significant negative effects the production and viewing of pornography has had on children. "Our entire culture is getting our girls porn ready," said…
Symposium looks at scientific evidence of how destructive pornography is
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's strong stance against pornography is based on church teaching that the human body should be respected and every person has a God-given dignity. But the fight against pornography is not unique to religious organizations. "This is not a moral issue. We now have science to back this up," said Dawn Hawkins, vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The center, an organization founded in 1962 whose mission is "to expose the seamless connection between all forms of exploitation," held a symposium at the U.S. Capitol exposing pornography as a…
Uganda. Church Leaders Asked to spearhead the fight against Domestic Violence
Uganda ( -  The Executive Secretary at the Uganda Episcopal Conference Social Communications Department, Rev. Fr   Philip Odii has called on the Church leaders and Catholic Communicators in Uganda to intensify their fight against domestic violence; the vice which, according to him, is tearing the family apart.  Fr Odii highlighted this during an evaluation workshop of the domestic violence prevention programme held: for the Priests,  on July 10 in Gulu District and for the Diocesan Communication coordinators and Radio presenters, on July 13 in Kampala He said that, domestic violence has far reaching negative multiplier effect, which not only ends with…
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops have long championed the concept of an open Internet, where all legal content can be posted without some having to be charged more than others, and where those surfing the Web have equal access to all content, without someone else deciding what they can and cannot see -- with a price tag sometimes attached to that as well. Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman, champions that concept as well. In a June 26 address at the Brookings Institution in Washington, "The Future of Broadband in the 21st Century," Wheeler said, "Broadband is the…
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