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Internet’s impact on families raised at Synod
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - Among the additions and modifications recommended for the Synod’s final summary document was the impact of the Internet on the family. The topic was raised in the Synod’s second week, during discussions held in the various language groups, by Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The discussion group thought it was important enough to propose a modification to the document so that we (the Church) would speak about this,” he explained in an interview with Vatican Radio. The Archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec, who authors his own blog, noted that the…

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Left Behind,' first in trilogy, weaves fiction with rapture theology
NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fundamentalist conception of the rapture, as described in the best-selling "Left Behind" novels, may be arriving -- for the first time -- at a movie theater near you. Three earlier films, all starring Kirk Cameron, were marketed primarily as home videos, though the first did have a limited theatrical release. They never drew as large an audience as the series of 16 apocalyptic volumes from authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that began in 1995. The reboot is the first in a planned trilogy of pictures from Stoney Lake Entertainment. Director Vic Armstrong says…
Video: What is a Synod? The basics
Vatican City- An explanation of the 2014 Synod, it's process and structure. The 2014 Synod of Bishops (October 5-19) will focus on the Pastoral Challenges faced by Families all over the world.

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South Sudan: government again threatens to close down Catholic radio station
U.S.A. (Catholic World News) -  Government officials in South Sudan have threatened to close down a Catholic radio state, the Fides news service reports. In August the government shut down Radio Bakhita, in the capital city of Juba, for several days. The station was given permission to resume broadcasting, but warned that it should not include “political” programming. The Juba diocese is now assessing the situation, and the station has not yet resumed broadcasting. Now a government official has criticized another Catholic radio station, the “Voice of Hope,” saying that it is a “destructive” influence and should limit its programming…
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