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Vatican Museums’ app gathers funds and art fans
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- By downloading an app for a smartphone or tablet, members of the public can chat with others about famous works of art in the Vatican Museums, share strategies for dealing with the crowds and choose a work to help restore. "Patrum," the new app from the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, launched in mid-August. Part social network and part crowdsourcing, the app lets museum fans communicate with each other and make donations online. The app includes short feature stories about people who work in the museums or who are members of the Patrons;…
Msgr Ruiz on the Pope, the Church and the digital divide
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - What is the contribution that Pope Francis is offering the “inhabitants” of social networks? What challenges does the digital culture pose to the Church – and what challenges does the Church pose to digital culture? These were just a few of the topics covered in a wide-ranging interview with Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, who manages the office of the Vatican Internet Service and serves as Secretary to the Secretariat for Communications, established by the Pope in late June. Msgr. Ruiz told us that the fundamental point is dialogue: there must be dialogue among people, and…


The Independent Broadcasting Authority has granted Zambia Episcopal Conference national TV construction permit
Zambia ( -  The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has granted Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) national TV construction permit. ZEC Director for Communication Father Winfield Kunda who disclosed the development said that National Catholic TV station will be called LUMEN TV Zambia and will be based in Lusaka. Father Kunda explained that although the Church in Zambia is excited about the development, having waited for more than 10 years to get a TV license; running of the TV station is a mammoth task that calls for the support of all Catholics in Zambia and people of good will. Father Kunda says…
'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…
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