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Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) Sensitizes Malawi Media on Climate Resilient Policies
Malawi ( - Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), a relief and development arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) recently held a two day workshop in Salima where journalists drawn from various media houses in Malawi were sensitized on climate resilience policies which include right to Food Bill, National Disaster Risk Management Policy and National Climate change. The initiative falls under a three year Increasing Food Security and resilience to climate shocks project implemented with funding from UKAID through Trocaire. Speaking at the beginning of the workshop, CADECOM's National Secretary Carsterns Mulume said the workshop aimed at equipping…
'Bella' star hopes new film will 'inspire, heal' a 'world in darkness'
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The creators of the 2006 movie "Bella" have teamed up again to produce what actor Eduardo Verastegui calls "a mainstream, family-friendly, faith-based film that welcomes everyone." "Little Boy" is a film set in World War II-era California that focuses on the personal and spiritual struggles of a family's youngest child who simply wants to see his father return safely from the Pacific theater. In the film, Verastegui portrays Father Crispin, a young, brusque and devout priest, perpetually clad in cassock and biretta. "When Alejandro Monteverde wrote the script he came to me and he said, 'This movie…
U.S. bishops' communications chairman welcomes FCC vote on net neutrality
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's vote Feb. 26 to preserve an "open Internet" and safeguard net neutrality was welcomed in many quarters of the country, including by the chairman of U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications. "The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, broadcast television and cable television are, in large part, closed to noncommercial religious messages," said a Feb. 26 statement by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City. "From the inception of the Internet until the mid-2000s, Internet service providers were not permitted to discriminate or tamper with what was said over…
Daughter of St. Paul presents new Redeemer Award at Razzies event
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNS) -- Movie critic Sister Rose Pacatte covered her first red carpet event in January, scoring a spot in the media scrum at the Los Angeles premiere of Kevin Costner's new movie, "Black or White." Watching the parade of stars and agents and handlers pass her by she wondered if anyone would stop and talk to her. "Who expects to see a nun there?" she figured. When Paula Newsome, one of the movie's stars, walked past, she assessed Sister Rose in her blue Daughters of St. Paul habit and asked: "Are you really a nun?" "I am,"…
Year of Consecrated Life: Religious Sisters in Congo DR attend media workshop
Vatican City (Radio Vaticana) - “Listen to the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the model of a good listener, which is why she received the good news of Salvation for humankind. First, start listening to the silence around you and within you.” These were some of the words addressed to religious sisters of less than three years of profession in Congo DR, at a media training workshop organised over two weekends by the  Major Superiors Union in Congo’s Kinshasa-Limete. The workshop attended by several religious sisters from over 50 congregations had as its theme: "Community life and…
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