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Caritas Internationalis Christmas campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 dicembre 2020

Caritas Internationalis’ Christmas campaign is focused on COVID-19. The confederation invites its benefactors to give a safe Christmas to all the people around the world who are suffering because of the pandemic and its dramatic consequences in terms of increased poverty and food insecurity.Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, promoted by Caritas Internationalis and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 38 Caritas organisations have supported programmes in to help more than 13.7 million people in countries such as Belarus, Ethiopia, Jordan, Rwanda, Iraq, Greece, Nigeria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Examples of implemented projects are available in booklet Responding with Love during the COVID-19 pandemic, by Caritas Internationalis.Caritas Jerusalem, for example, has provided medical assistance in Gaza where about 80% of the population depends on humanitarian aid and about 90% of families have no access to drinking water. Caritas India is carrying out awareness programmes on the prevention of contagion and is providing food assistance and basic necessities. Caritas South Africa has already received and supported more than 12,000 vulnerable people in six dioceses, mostly migrants who are now at risk of starvation and more vulnerable to the pandemic. Among them, there is an Angolan refugee mother of six.“This mother told me that Caritas’ help was the answer to her prayers!” says Sister Maria Rissini, director of Caritas South Africa. “But unfortunately there are many families that we are unable to support due to lack of resources and, sadly, we do not have the opportunity to feed the malnourished mothers and children who knock at our door”.This Christmas, Caritas Internationalis is asking for further help from its benefactors to fund nine more projects in Armenia, Burundi, Cambodia, Eritrea, Georgia, Haiti, Liberia, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.The projects include the distribution of food parcels and hygiene kits and personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.), as well as awareness-raising programmes on hygiene and the prevention of COVID-19 infection. The programmes also include the distribution of blankets, mattresses, heating fuel, winter clothes and tents to refugees staying in camps, so that they can cope with the cold temperatures of the winter months. Caritas also ensures that children in rural communities can continue their studies through distance learning programmes. Forty-five percent of children in developing countries have no access to the Internet.The COVID-19 pandemic showed us how interconnected and fragile we are. The fight against the spread of this virus is our collective responsibility. As Good Samaritans, we are called to demonstrate our unconditional universal love, meet the needs of the most vulnerable and bring consolation which can break desolation and create hope when everything is dark. This is the miracle of charity”.

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Christmas Special Integral Human Development «Steps on the path of good»

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 dicembre 2019

Merry ChristmasThe first proclamation, made by the angles of the birth of Christ, invites us to receive God’s love and to love him in return with the very love which is his gift. This brings forth in our lives and actions a primary and funda mental response: to desire, seek and protect the good of others. (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, n 178)
Il primo annuncio – fatto dagli angeli – della nascita di Cristo che ci invita a lasciarci amare da Dio e ad amarlo con l’amore che Egli stesso ci comunica, provoca nella vita della persona e nelle sue azioni una prima e fondamentale reazione: desiderare, cercare e avere a cuore il bene degli altri. (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, n 178)
El primer anuncio, hecho por los ángeles en el nacimiento de Cristo, que invita a dejarse amar por Dios y a amarlo con el amor que El mismo nos comunica, provoca en la vida de la persona y en sus acciones una primera y fundamental reacción: desear, buscar y cuidar el bien de los demás. (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, n 178) (photo: Merry Christmas)

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Britain’s nightmare before Christmas

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2019

Our cover this week is on the most important election in Britain for many years. Voters face a stark choice between Boris Johnson, whose Tories promise a hard Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party plans to “rewrite the rules of the economy” along radical socialist lines. Mr Johnson runs the most unpopular new government on record; Mr Corbyn is the most unpopular leader of the opposition. That leaves a low bar for the Liberal Democrats and, for all their faults, they clear it. Their economic approach is the most sensible; on climate change and social policy they strike the best balance between ambition and realism. Yet they will not win. So why back them? The principled reason is that the Lib Dems are closest to the liberalism on which this newspaper was founded. But there is a practical reason, too. Voters worry that backing the Lib Dems plays into Mr Corbyn’s hands. However, our modelling suggests that votes and seats would come from both the main parties. A Lib Dem surge would be the best way to restrain whoever ends up in Downing Street. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief from the Economist)

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Christmas goes digital

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

This year once again, the gifts under the Christmas tree will be emitting beeps, buzzes, and radio waves. According to the Consumer Technology Association, holiday consumer tech sales are poised to hit a record $96.1 Billion in the U.S. this year. This could be a smart watch, a game console, or of course a smart phone. This also means that Bosch will figure prominently under people’s Christmas trees, even though few may realize it. There’s at least one Bosch MEMS sensor in more than half the smartphones on the planet, and five of them on average in every new car. And there are millions more in drones, game consoles, fitness wristbands, and vacuum-cleaning robots. Bosch has produced more than ten billion of these miniature sensors in its wafer fab at Reutlingen since 1995. “MEMS sensors are the building blocks of the connected world. They endow everyday objects with sensory perception and connect them with the internet,” says Jens Fabrowsky, member of the executive management of the Automotive Electronics division at Robert Bosch GmbH. With the number of connected devices rising fast – Gartner expects the global count to come to 20 billion by 2020 – MEMS sensors are sure to become chip-sized superheroes that we simply cannot do without.

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This Christmas, European church leaders unite for refugees and migrants

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

Brussels. In the spirit of Christmas, European church leaders are affirming the values of dignity, respect and compassion for refugees and migrants. Today a strong Christmas statement signed by church leaders from Europe and beyond was jointly issued by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and was presented to Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament in Brussels.
More than thirty signatories of the statement come from diverse church traditions across Europe, including Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and African-Instituted, among others. At the same time, regional and international Christian organisations, chapters of Christian world communions and ecumenical organisations have endorsed the statement.Speaking after the handover ceremony, Vice President McGuiness commented, “This statement is timely, challenging and is really worth reading. It calls upon all of us who have strong shoulders to bear greater weight than those who have less strong shoulders. It reminds us that everyone has a responsibility and that we need to care and if we don’t care at Christmas time than what is the best time to care for those less fortunate.”“We commit to more fervently articulating and working towards our vision of an inclusive and participatory society – for newly arrived and all inhabitants,” reads the statement.
Offering theological reflection on the story of Christmas and displacement the statement subthemes read: “Jesus became human, Jesus the refugee, Jesus the stranger”. The statement features a Christian approach to action and policy in church and society arguing for safe passage to protection and realistic labour migration policies in Europe. The church leaders also stress the need for solidarity as a guiding principle for governing migration and refugee reception.“While drafting the statement and collecting signatures we recognised how broad the consensus is on this topic among churches. This, I see as sign of hope, just before Christmas, in the normally very bitter and controversial debate on this topic,” said CCME General Secretary Torsten Moritz.“This declaration signed by many Christian authorities in Europe points out the plight of those currently on the roads of exile and knocking at Europe’s doors,” said CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger. “We address this call to peoples and nations in Europe, to political leaders and the churches,” he added.The Christmas statement is available in English, French, German and Russian.

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Trollbeads: Get Christmas cards from all over the world!

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 novembre 2018

Trollbeads is in the lead when it comes to playing with the company’s customers. Several times each year, events are hosted both online and in the stores. Right now in this sweet season, it is time for the Share a Christmas Card with a Stranger-event. A beloved event that has been hosted by Trollbeads for many years. Share a Christmas Card is a fun worldwide event where all friends and customers of the brand are invited to tap into one of the many holiday traditions: Sending physical Christmas cards (not digitally!) – but this time to a stranger! Everyone can join the event.The event works in a system that delivers the name and address of five other participants. This means that during December, participants will also receive Christmas cards from other Trollbeads friends from all over the world.
It is free to participate, and by being a part of this event, the participants are even able to win prizes every day of December! It is possible to sign up now and the lottery will start on December 1, 2018.A magical event at a magical time of year! And you won’t understand it completely before you sign up for it yourself. Join the fun!
Trollbeads, a Danish family-owned jewellery brand, was established in 1976. Trollbeads is the original bead-on-bracelet concept. At the core of the brand lies self-expression through 600 different beads in sterling silver, 18 karat gold, Murano glass, freshwater pearls, amber and gemstones. Trollbeads jewellery is available in more than 30 countries through the company’s own flagship stores, independent retailers, and online at http://www.trollbeads.com.

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Christmas Tour dell’Euphoria Gospel Choir

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 novembre 2016

euphoria-gospelNapoli. Parte sabato 3 dicembre alle ore 20 il Christmas Tour dell’Euphoria Gospel Choir il coro polifonico che nasce a Napoli nel 2010 in seno alla Chiesa Battista di via Foria 93. Il progetto cresce e si amplia grazie all’impegno artistico e umano del M° Emanuele Giovanni Aprile, direttore del coro. Entra più tardi nel progetto, come vocal coach, la cantante Annita Vigilante, presente nel panorama gospel napoletano già da molti anni. Oggi l’Euphoria Gospel Choir conta circa 25 membri tra bassi, tenori, contralti e soprani, che condividono la gioia e l’euforia della lode attraverso il canto. Oltre ad essere uno spazio artistico di ampliamento delle conoscenze musicali e miglioramento della tecnica vocale, il coro rappresenta per un’occasione di crescita spirituale. Voci diverse, diverse storie di vita e di fede, diverse spiritualità che si intrecciano e si fondono per esprimere nel canto quanto sia straordinario l’amore di Dio per l’umanità e il creato: tutto ciò si concretizza in un’energia canora molto speciale. Lo scopo del coro è quindi quello di tradurre il gospel, il Vangelo, nei ritmi di una musica attuale ma dalle origini antiche, facendosi portavoce di una “buona notizia”, che non esclude nessuno ma riguarda tutti. Ospiti della Chiesa Ecce Homo di via Cerriglio 12, sabato 3 il coro Euphoria sarà protagonista di una serata ad ingresso gratuito dedicata all’arte con visita guidata gratuita della Chiesa a cura di Insolitaguida. Domenica 4 dicembre alle ore 19 (ingresso gratuito), il tour prosegue con una data in memoria di Claudio Taglialatela vittima innocente di camorra presso Villa Fernandez la villa vesuviana di Portici confiscata dalla camorra e gestita adesso da diverse realtà associative. Sabato 10 sarà la volta di un’occasione ecumenica alla Parrocchia Immacolata Concezione di Cercola ore 20 (ingresso gratuito) mentre domenica 11 il coro prenderà parte all’esibizione del Pastor Ron Gospel Show alla Basilica di San Gennaro extra moenia (biglietti su etes.it). Sabato 17, infine, l’Euphoria Gospel Choir si esibirà presso la Comunità Crescere Insieme di piazzetta San Vincenzo alla Sanità (ingresso gratuito) dove da poco si è insediato un nuovo progetto sociale che vede impegnate realtà che operano per persone a rischio di esclusione sociale. (foto: euphoria gospel)

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La campagna di ATS pro Terra Sancta a favore delle famiglie di Betlemme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 dicembre 2013

The Terra Sancta building in Jerusalem by night

The Terra Sancta building in Jerusalem by night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A Natale Ritorna alle Origini” è la campagna lanciata da ATS pro Terra Sancta per aiutare i bambini e le famiglie di Betlemme. L’intento è sostenere le pietre vive più fragili, cioè i bambini poveri, in quel luogo così speciale della Terra Santa, proprio lì dove Dio si è fatto bambino.“Con i fondi raccolti si desidera sostenere l’educazione dei bambini più bisognosi e con problemi di apprendimento, oltre che – afferma padre Pizzaballa, Custode di Terra Santa – fornire loro le cure mediche essenziali”.In questo periodo di Avvento, Betlemme si riempie di festa, di gioia, di persone che vengono a rivivere qui quel momento che ha cambiato la storia dell’umanità. Eppure le difficoltà non mancano e a farne le spese di un sistema sociale estremamente fragile sono soprattutto i più deboli, i bambini.“Sono tanti i bambini di Betlemme a cui i frati tendono la mano, bambini che senza appoggio non avrebbero speranza. Nascere a Betlemme oggi significa, infatti, venire al mondo in una terra difficile, segnata dalle sofferenze e dalla povertà, soprattutto per i più piccoli. La comunità cristiana – continua padre Pizzaballa – si sta riducendo di anno in anno, sempre più persone sono costrette a emigrare e chi rimane stenta a occuparsi dei propri figli, a prendersene cura, a farli studiare. Inoltre, nei territori palestinesi non esiste alcuna forma di assistenza medico-sanitaria pubblica: le cure legate a qualsiasi tipo di malattia sono a carico delle famiglie che spesso non possono permettersi spese mediche così ingenti, soprattutto nel caso di malattie croniche o cure urgenti. Il nostro obiettivo, come frati francescani della Custodia di Terra Santa per quest’anno – conclude il Custode – è di destinare a Betlemme 200.000 euro. E crediamo che, con un piccolo contributo offerto da ognuno, potremo aiutare 300 famiglie palestinesi e 250 bambini”.

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Winner of PubWest Best Holiday Book King of Style Special Holiday Promotion

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 dicembre 2013

The Guthrie Theater & Gold Medal Park

The Guthrie Theater & Gold Medal Park (Photo credit: jpellgen)

The 2013 PubWest Winner for Best Holiday Gift Specialty Book King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson Is A Must-Have Holiday Gift
Special Offer for the Holidays from Dec 2-24th Includes Reduced Shipping Worldwide and Autographed Copies from Fashion Designer
Los Angeles, California….Dec 2, 2013 …..This year’s 2013 Gold Medal PubWest Award Winner for Best Holiday Gift Specialty Book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, authored by fashion designer Michael Bush who served as Michael Jackson’s longtime personal designer for 25 years, has announced a special holiday promotion for Holidays 2013. The book which has gone on to become a best-seller and a favorite for fans around the world won the 2013 Gold Medal at this year’s PubWest Awards for Best Gift-Holiday-Specialty book. In celebration of the award, Michael Bush, the author, will personally autograph and date each book ordered as a Christmas or holiday gift. In addition to the exclusive offer, all books ordered for the holidays will receive reduced international shipping. The promotion runs from December 2, 2013 through December 25, 2013 at midnight ESTThe King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories created and worn by Michael Jackson includes hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes-look into the process of collaborating with the world’s most legendary and powerful entertainer of our time. The book includes personal stories from the author, never before seen photographs and a fascinating look into the world of fashion that only Jackson could have created. It has gone on to win rave reviews from fans, critics and media from around the world. In addition to the PubWest Award the book has also been awarded the Independent Publishers 2013 Gold Medal Award.“I am beyond thrilled that the book has won the Gold Medal at the PubWest Design Awards this year for best Holiday Specialty Gift book,” said author Michael Bush. “Working with Michael Jackson for as long as I did was inspiring, fascinating and remarkable. Having now received two Gold Medal Awards from two different award programs only reiterates what a tribute this book is to Michael’s enduring legacy and what a fantastic holiday gift it would make for any fan”

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The Miracle of Christmas Comes to Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons (MOSI)

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2013

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Dublin, Ireland….The classic Christmas movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has found Kris Kringle meandering the halls of the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) at Newbridge Silverware and in a sight befitting of only the miracles Christmas can bring, he has left his bright red Santa Claus suit for all to enjoy. Beginning Thursday, November 21, 2013 and through Monday, January 6, 2014 the most magical piece of movie memorabilia, the original red Santa suit worn by the merry Kris Kringle will exhibit exclusively at the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor’s Centre located at R445 and Main Street in Kildare, Ireland. In the 1947 Christmas classic movie, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming he really is Santa Claus it leads to an investigation to determine his authenticity proving to all that Christmas indeed is the most special of times. The original movie stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle and Ireland’s most beloved actress Maureen O’Hara along with John Payne, Natalie Wood, Jack Albertson and a host of other award winning actors.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the original piece of movie memorabilia along with vintage movie images. Guests can also find the best gifts for the Christmas season in the showroom adjacent to the museum. From the beauty of the Romance of Ireland collection to jewelry and cutlery with distinctive Newbridge Silverware quality, the gift-giving has only just begun and the stockings can be filled with care at one of the world’s most popular shopping destinations offering new designs and hundreds of beautiful gift ideas. This Christmas season personal gifts that will stand the test of time and become treasured family traditions are offered by Newbridge Silverware. New patterns and products tell the story of beauty, grace and an unmatched heritage.
Newbridge Silverware is one of the world’s most iconic brands and Ireland’s premier designer of fine cutlery, housewares, jewelry and giftware. Newbridge Silverware has also established itself as a complete destination for fans and customers. The Newbridge Visitors Center hosts the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI), an extraordinary collection of authentic costumes and personal effects from some of the world’s most popular celebrities. The collection includes garments worn by Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Tippi Hedren, Ingrid Bergman, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and so much more. The Silver Restaurant, also part of the Newbridge Silverware destination, is a classic restaurant offering guests an award winning culinary experience. From its rich heritage firmly placed in Irish history since 1934 to its modern day offering of products and incredible destination experiences, Newbridge Silverware has become one of the world’s most revered brands. For more information on Newbridge Silverware.

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Le celebrazioni liturgiche del santo Natale

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 dicembre 2011

Italiano: Cattedrale di Palermo (Palermo)

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Palermo Il cardinale Paolo Romeo, sabato 24 dicembre, vigilia di Natale, alle 17.30 celebrerà la Santa Messa alla Missione di “Speranza e Carità” diretta dal missionario laico Biagio Conte. Alle ore 23 in Cattedrale presiederà la Santa Messa nella Veglia di Natale. Il giorno di Natale, domenica 25 dicembre, sempre in Cattedrale, avrà luogo il solenne Pontificale alla presenza delle Autorità civili e militari della città alle ore 11.
Giovedì 29 dicembre 2011, i ministranti dell’Arcidiocesi d Palermo si stringeranno attorno all’Arcivescovo per la solenne celebrazione Eucaristica che avrà luogo in Cattedrale alle ore 16.30. Come per l’anno scorso, ai ministranti presenti sarà consegnato un omaggio a ricordo dell’evento.
Venerdì 30 dicembre 2011, Festa della Famiglia in Cattedrale. Il programma prevede alle ore 18.30 il Concerto Gospel Project con brani a cappella, alle ore 19 la Santa Messa che sarà animata dal gruppo Gospel Project. Seguirà un momento di fraternità tra le famiglie, gruppi famiglie parrocchiali e i movimenti.
Sabato 31 dicembre alle ore 18, ancora in Cattedrale la Santa Messa e il canto del “Te Deum”.
Domenica 1 gennaio 2012 alle ore 11 l’Arcivescovo celebrerà a Palazzo delle Aquile la Santa Messa per la Solennità della Santa Madre di Dio. Infine venerdì 6 gennaio 2012 alle ore 11, in Cattedrale solennità dell’Epifania, Santa Messa in occasione del 28° anniversario dell’ordinazione Episcopale di Sua Eminenza Paolo Romeo, Pastore e Padre della Chiesa palermitana.

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Christmas Comes Early for Train Travellers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

A Danish Christmas tree illuminated with burni...

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London. Train Travellers Could Save a Fortune on Festive Travel Over the Next Fortnight As train tickets for travel in the week of Christmas start to go on sale, thetrainline.com reveals that its customers saved over a quarter of a million pounds[1]on festive fares last year, by booking in the first fortnight of October alone. The busiest days for travel this Christmas are predicted to be Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th December, based on thetrainline.com’s booking data over the last five years[2]. Usually, around 85% of tickets for travel on those days are booked in November and December but by booking now, huge savings are up for grabs. Iain Hildreth, Marketing Director at thetrainline.com comments: “The cheapest Advance train tickets for travel in the Christmas week have started to go on sale, so it really makes sense to book now if you can, to stand the best chance of making the greatest saving.”
Advance train tickets can be purchased online now at http://www.thetrainline.com. Check out the Ticket Alert page to see whether tickets are on sale for travel this Christmas for your train operating company. thetrainline.com is the leading UK rail ticket retailer and rail ticket information provider, offering fast and easy access to timetables, fares, reservations and tickets through its Internet site and contact centre operations in the UK train travel sector. In addition to its own website, http://www.thetrainline.com, it operates retail websites for many of the Train Operating Companies who sell rail tickets online, as well as providing a rail business travel service direct to a number of blue chip corporations and travel agents.

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