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‘Conflict minerals’ — Demand for cellphone metals fuels war in Congo, priest says

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Catholic News Service

Global demand for metallic ores used in cellphones is thwarting efforts to end war and violence in Congo, said an African priest.

Any person who possesses a cellphone or other electronic device with components derived from such “conflict minerals” is benefiting from bloodshed, said Father Richard Muembo, rector of a Congolese seminary firebombed earlier this year. Read more »

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Padua students doing Stations of the Cross with their smartphones

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Staff reporter

 

WILMINGTON — Throughout history, Catholics have spent Lent with the Stations of the Cross. The Stations devotion has been passed along, often through writing and live performances. Today, however, the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is accessible in ways unimaginable just a generation ago – through QR codes and a smartphone application.

As is often the case, young people are leading the way with the electronic Stations of the Cross. Students at Padua Academy now have another use for their ever-present technology, with information about and reflections on the Stations available with a scan by a smartphone. Read more »

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