Follow usTwitterFacebook


14 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Choo-choo: Now tourists can take a train to see the Castel Gandolfo gardens

With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station Friday to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal …

Read more

03 Dec 2015 Articles No comments

Watch Trailer of “Call Me Francesco” – A Movie portraying Pope Francis’ life till his election

"Call Me Francesco" Trailer....Watch Directed by Italian filmmaker Dan…

Read more

04 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as b…

Read more

08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (116)

As a Catholic, may I witness my grandson's Lutheran first communion?

Full Question My husband and I are Catholic; our daughter and her family are Lutheran. Her son is now going to make his first holy communion but at a Luthe…

Read more

16 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (5)

The Origin and Meaning of Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is not only a very old devotion in our Church, but one that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy E…

Read more

15 Jul 2016 Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Vatican condemns Nice attack that has killed 84 people

The Vatican has condemned a terrorist attack in Nice that has left at least 84 people dead. A lorry rammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Prome…

Read more

23 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Lords to debate Bill on ending abortion disability discrimination

Lord Shinkwin's Bill will have its Second Reading on Friday in the House of Lords The House of Lords is to debate a Bill to end abortion on the grounds of disa…

Read more

04 Nov 2016 News Comments (1)

Catholic Church will never ordain women priests, says Pope Francis

Francis discussed the ordination of women, refugees and the Venezuela crisis during his latest in-flight press conference The Catholic Church’s insistence that…

Read more

30 Sep 2015 Articles No comments


1262 The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purifi…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Offer African youth access to sacred texts, Pope tells Vodafone

Pope Francis praised Vodafone’s charitable work but encouraged the company to provide access to religious texts

Pope Francis praised Vodafone for providing African children, particularly refugees, access to online educational resources.

But he also called on them to offer “digital access to the sacred texts of various religions” in local languages, saying it “would be a beautiful sign of care for the religious dimension so deeply rooted among African peoples, and a sign also of encouraging interreligious dialogue.”

The pope’s remarks came during an audience on October 5 with representatives of the Vodafone Foundation and the managing director of the Vodafone Group, who explained their Instant Schools for Africa programme to the Pope.

Launched this autumn, the initiative provides a “digital school in a box.” One hard-shell wheelie suitcase contains a 3G modem, 25 tablets, a laptop, a projector, speakers and a battery charging station, according to the Vodafone Group. The kit provides free access to online educational resources for students in central Africa, ages 7-20.

The “instant classrooms” were also being distributed to schools in refugee settlements in Kenya, Tanzania and Congo in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Millions of children spend an average of 17 years displaced from their homes and with limited access to education, the Vodafone Foundation said. It said it hoped to reach at least 62,000 children and young people in refugee settlements by the end of 2016.

Pope Francis wished them success with their project, “which from what I have heard, I like a lot.”

He said he liked that it was something “constructive, and today we need to be constructive, to do things that lead humanity ahead, and not merely look on as bombs fall on innocent people, children, the sick, entire cities.”

“Build, do not destroy,” he said.

He noted the project was a part of wider public and private efforts “to promote a more inclusive and supportive world.”

He expressed his appreciation for the initiative and suggested they “provide these young people with some orientation in methodology, so that they can learn not only how to use tools, but how to use them as tools, thus enabling them to bring out the best of these means in a free and critical way.”


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories