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App brings God into digital environment, creates 'space' for meditation
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Amid the imposed and often fast-paced routine of everyday life, an app is giving people a reason to quiet their minds through light meditation and prayer. PeaceQuest is an immersive 3-D app designed to take users on a spiritual journey and allow them to establish a deeper connection with God and with themselves. Father Stephen Fichter, a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, and Kathe Carson, president of the video production company Kathe Carson Inc., created the app in December 2013. Father Fichter said their motivation came from recognizing the "constant intrusion"…
Ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of erection of the International Association SIGNIS
On October 24, 2014 the official ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of erection of the International Association SIGNIS took place on the premises of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The President of the association and the staff were present together with the Superiors of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. SIGNIS is an international association, born in 2001, from the fusion of two associations who had already received wide approvals and recognition from the Holy See (International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisuals, and International Office for Catholic Radio). In order to efficaciously offer her contribution to…
Davenport. Public now has access to Iowa Catholic paper's treasure trove of news
DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- Famine in Ireland, a monsignor's thoughts on divorce in 1884, and commentary on the Second Vatican Council as it was happening. These topics and countless more fill some 80,000 pages of The Catholic Messenger's newly digitized archive, dating back to Jan. 6, 1883. This treasure trove of news is available to anyone with access to the Internet -- at no charge! The Catholic Messenger's board of directors believes the weekly, diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Davenport is an invaluable resource on the local and universal church that should be accessible to the public. Advantage Companies…
Washington. Seeking the common good and avoiding polarization in Catholic media
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis' call to Christians to examine and reconsider the way they treat others brings challenges for Catholic publications in combatting polarization within the church, said a panel of editors and publishers Oct. 16. In a forum at Georgetown University, the struggles of "Seeking the Common Good in a Time of Polarization," as the program was titled, were identified by representatives of Catholic newspapers and magazines as coming from their usual supporters as well as their usual critics. The editors of Commonweal, First Things and America magazines, and the presidents of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and…
Speaker: Technology can provide personal connection church members seek
VILLANOVA, Pa. (CNS) -- A steady decline in the number of Christians who go to church doesn't mean Christianity is dying but that church members want a personal connection they aren't finding in church, said the keynote speaker at an Oct. 14 technology summit at Villanova University. Technology can provide that personal connection, according to Steve Hewitt, editor-in-chief of Christian Computing Magazine since 1989. He outlined ways that churches should be communicating with members -- broadcast text messages; broadcast voice messages; Facebook and websites; YouTube and email; and even personally addressed and handwritten mail. Broadcast text messages are the most…

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