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  • Tanzania launches Catholic radio to spread the Word
  • Mexico's cardinal outlines how dangers of Pokemon craze can undermine family
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        ROME, 23 (NE) The Catholic Church in Tanzania has decided to launch a radio station to help the evangelization of diverse remote populations of the African country. Radio Faraja, as it will be called, will also aim to stop the growing number of victims due to diverse violent popular beliefs, specially regions most affected by witchcraft-related killings.

        Father Norbert Kija, coordinator of the project, announced the radio would broadcast religious programs to encourage conversion in the predominantly pagan population in Shinyanga town, one of the leading region in Tanzania with more witchcraft-related killings.

        Transmissions will specially cover the Western part of Tanzania, as well as the area around Lake Victoria, where in the last years diverse cases of violence have taken place due to popular beliefs, causing the death of more than 500 people. Father Kija stated that the radio would devise programs that would aim to convert people and take them to discard old traditions encouraging violence.

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      Cardinal of Mexico issues stern warning against the entire Pokemon craze as very subversive

         The Archdiocese of Mexico City, headed by Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera has issued a stern warning to parents over the violent and sexual tones of the runaway phenomena known as "Pokemon" and other Japanese cartoons. In an official bulletin the Archbishop pointed out that these are but the tip of the iceberg in undermining the sacredness of family, empowering children to believe that they alone can possess powers which then allow them to disobey their parents and the laws of God. continued inside.


        MEXICO CITY, 22 (NE) Through the weekly publication "Desde la Fe," (From the Faith) the Archdiocese of Mexico warned on Monday about the dangers that the Japanese "Pokemon" cartoon series could mean for Mexican children. As the archdiocese pointed out in its official bulletin, behind the huge merchandising phenomenon "one finds, as in many Japanese cartoons, a combination of elements that incite violence and sexual perversion among children".

        In a similar way, the Mexican archdiocese invited parents to reflect on the television programs seen by their children, avoiding those whose contents could affect their faith and values. "The whole idea behind Pokemon is to show children that they can turn into a powerful force and that they therefore do not have to listen to their parents," the publication affirmed. "These cartoons are not as innocents as they seemů They could be the tip of an iceberg with dramatic consequences."

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    January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

      "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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