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Cyberslums where online abusers prowl need pastoral care, say speakers
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A new kind of ghetto needs the church's presence and people's solidarity: the "digital slum" where cyberbullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, said speakers at a Vatican news conference. Online harassment and abuse are "a new form of violence" against many young people and children, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Despite many national and international laws and agreements, "humanity still hasn't been able to uproot completely the different forms of violence and exploitation against children," he said Dec. 9. Cardinal Turkson organized the news conference to…
Vatican Museums get 3-D treatment in theatrical feature
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them done with a 3-D effect on the big screen could be a real treat. "The Vatican Museums 3D" begins a theatrical release on hundreds of screens around the country in December. Even for those lucky enough to have traveled to Rome, "The Vatican Museums" distills eight days of around-the-clock filming into 80 minutes showcasing some of the world's most treasured works of art, a tour no visitor could pull off singlehandedly. "It was a lovely experience to see the museums…
America magazine, Yale chapel create new $25,000 literary prize
NEW YORK (CNS) -- America, the national Catholic weekly magazine run by the Jesuits, and the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University, have announced the creation of the George W. Hunt Prize. The aim is to recognize "the finest literary work of Roman Catholic intelligence and imagination" and the winner will receive $25,000 in prize money. Judges will consider works in a variety of genres, including journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, memoir, biography, history, art criticism and academic scholarship. The prize is named for the late Jesuit Father George W. Hunt, whose 14-year tenure as editor-in-chief of America, from…
The Pope Francis met with the managers and workers of TV2000
Vatican City (VIS) – This morning Pope Francis met with the managers and workers of TV2000, an Italian Church television broadcasting company, with whom he wished to share “three thoughts on the role of the communicator”, recalling that “the Catholic media have a very difficult mission in relation to social communication: seeking to preserve it from all that distorts and twists it for other purposes. Often communication is subject to propaganda, ideologies, political ends, or for the control of the economy or technology. The first thing that is beneficial to communication is parrhesia, or rather the courage to speak directly,…
A UK based youth movement launched www.faith.org.uk  aimed at improving online evangelisation
UK.- Faith Movement’s new website (www.faith.org.uk) was built with the help of the firm Evosite who managed the production of a platform linked to social media which offers short videos on key ideas which explain the coherence of Catholicism.  It was produced with the aim of responding to demand from young people themselves for easily accessible resources to help them answer questions they are asked by their peers. Alongside the website, the group’s Facebook page and Twitter account are regularly updated with answers to frequently asked questions as well as making followers aware of articles from their bi-monthly Magazine which…
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