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Burkina Faso’s Cardinal Ouedraogo challenges African film makers
Vatican City (Radio Vaticana) - Burkina Faso’s Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou has challenged African film makers to rise to the occasion and penetrate the world of media with true ethical values ​​of the Gospel of Salvation brought by Jesus Christ. The Cardinal was speaking recently when he presided over the opening Mass of the ongoing 2015 Pan-African Film and Television Festival at Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso.  The Cardinal warmly welcomed filmmakers, movie enthusiasts, producers, directors, technicians and actors to Ouagadougou and to the Eucharistic celebration. After the Mass, a reflection on the day for Christian…
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,"…

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