Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today, December 8th, is celebrated one of the most heartfelt and popular feasts dedicated by the Catholic Church to the Virgin Mary: the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It falls on the the day when, in 1854, Pope Pius IX, through the papal bull entitled “Ineffabilis Deus” (Ineffable God), sanctioned that the Virgin Mary, by […]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Established in 1981, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on 3 December, with the aim of encouraging and promoting a more widespread and in-depth knowledge on issues concerning differently-abled people, supporting full integration in all areas of life and removing all forms of discrimination and violence. Since July 1993, December […]

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Vienna: bridge between the West and the East

Vienna: bridge between the West and the East

From 9th to 11th November 2017 in Vienna (Austria), the annual conference of ecumenical network Together for Europe (TfE) took place, with 130 participants from 44 Movements, Communities and Associations. Meetings, exchange of ideas, and moments of prayer, characterised the Conference’s program

Fr Heinrich Walter (Schoenstatt Movement), Gérard Testard (Efesia, France),  Gerhard Pross (YMCA Esslingen) spoke of […]

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” was established by the UN in 1999. It occurs every year on November 25 and governments, international organizations and NGOs are committed to raising awareness about the issue and thus creating public opinion.
18 years have passed since its establishment. Much has been done but it’s […]

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Pope Francis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Pope Francis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

From 26 November to 2 December, Pope Francis will embark on an apostolic voyage to Asia, stopping in Myanmar from 27 to 30 November and in Bangladesh from November 30 till December 2.
It will be the first visit of a Pontiff to Myanmar, while in 1986, John Paul II visited Bangladesh, one of the most densely […]

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Rights of the Child World Day

Rights of the Child World Day

On 20 November 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and approved in 1989, the International Convention on the rights of infants and adolescents.  Based on the harmonization of different cultural and juridical experiences, the Convention enunciated for the first time, and in a coherent way, the fundamental […]

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Powerful earthquake in Iraq and Iran

Powerful earthquake in Iraq and Iran

Yesterday, November 12,an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 caused hundreds of casualties in the Iraq-Iran border. 11 people died and thousands are wounded in Iraq, while in Iran the earthquake killed around 348 people and left 6,603 wounded. The devastated areas show entire buildings which had crumbled by the powerful tremor. The epicenter of […]

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