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New film 'Black or White' aims to 'start the conversation' on race
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CNS) -- It is not an overtly "religious" film. Other than a brief funeral scene inside of a church early in the film, there is no mention of God, or of a particular faith or religion. And yet, "Black or White" is, according to its makers and stars, clearly a film that addresses what might be called "faith-based" values and behaviors --- the importance of family, the need for compassion and forgiveness, the power of love, and the call to respect and value one another. In "Black or White," inspired by true events in the life of…
Catholic Bishops’ Pan-African Committee for Social Communications Gets A Leader
African ( - The Pan-African Committee for Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops, also known as CEPACS, has a new Episcopal Chairman, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria. Bishop Badejo’s official appointment to the continental bishops’ communication body was contained in a letter signed by the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi. “The appointment of Bishop Badejo is seen as an attempt to revive the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications, which has the acronym CEPACS, derived from the original French name: Comité Episcopal Pan-Africain des…
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held a Google Hangout Thursday afternoon with a number of disabled kids from around the world, in an event sponsored by Scholas Ocurrentes, a charity which brings together young people via sports, art, and technology. Speaking from the Paul VI Audience Hall, he said Scholas can help them by building bridges and communicating. “When you communicate, you give the best you have inside, and you receive the best from others, and that is very important,” he said. “When we don’t communicate, we stay alone with our limitations, and that is bad for us.” Pope Francis said disabled youth…


England. One Year distance-learning course in ‘Media and the New Evangelization’ beginning November 2015
‘Media and the New Evangelization’, with a 4 day residential weekend at Buckfast Abbey in England, beginning November 2015.  Responding to Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to respond to the ‘great and thrilling’ challenge presented by the revolution taking place in the media and new media, The School of the Annunciation, in England, is offering a distance-learning, part-time course, called MEDIA AND THE NEW EVANGELISATION which is open to those who wish to develop and use their God-given capacity to communicate the Word of God through the media. The course will enable students to respond to these challenges and opportunities…
Article. Disconnecting for Pope Francis
Manila ( - One of the unique experiences we had of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines was being “digitally disconnected”. We experienced this “inconvenience” for the first time when he was whisked from the airport to the Nunciature. At first, we thought it was only some network glitch that would be soon resolved. But we realized (and we were later informed) that it was part of the security measures ensuring the safety of the Holy Father.Such technical adjustments are very special! Thus, I kept a digital remembrance from one network provider informing their subscribers about the prolonged “disconnected mode”…

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