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Rene – The template

Imagine the page you are looking at is the front of a freezer.  (May sound mad but this analogy has helped many of my assistants understand what is going on in the page.)

The front of the freezer is the template which offers the basic design of the site.  As such it might have the brand name and even some sort of design, moulding, freezer life notes for contents etc. The point is that there are some items which are given and can only be altered during manufacture of the freezer.  The template here is a bit more flexible.  If we decide to change elements on the template I can do it within certain parameters.  These are pretty wide but there are some impossibilities.  One can also use a different template for different pages but that should be done with care for the corporate identity.

This template contains a  (this is Heading 4 in the paragraph dropdown.)

  • header,
  • horizontal menu,
  • breadcrumb (tells you where you are in the system) e.g. <You are here: Home News Around the World>
  • an area for articles
  • around two dozen positions where modules, banners, copyright may be placedImagine placing fridge magnets on your freezer.  They can be placed in one site and then moved to another.   The only static element is the one for articles, even if this may not appear so when modules are added.
  • Now I am able to type.

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"...Until we raise a common voice, we will not only not be heard, we will not even be listened to....   

My hope is that by speaking out together - a strong chorus of calls for reform - we can provide a common, a clear, a strong and ongoing voice for the yet incomplete vision of Vatican II.

In common cause, let us band together across the world. By our desire to be heard on particular issues - all of them important - let us not lose the strength of our common voice by reducing it to a whisper.

In light of this, we invite individuals and organizations to join together in making known our opinions for the good of our Church. By uniting our voices, it is not about abandoning the unique work of your organization but rather about how your work can enhance global reform."

Sr. Joan Chittister, CCRI Special advisor

"We have to join our forces in order to reach a real breakthrough in this window of opportunity." Hans Kung, CCRI Consultor


"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Ethiopian proverb]


"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." [Kenyan proverb]

"(The Christian faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful." (Canon 212 §3)

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