Church and Communication


AMARC launches an international program featuring contents produced by community radios
Brussels/Montréal(AMARC/SIGNIS) - More than 250 community radio practitioners met in Accra, Ghana, in August to participate in the 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). This unique event has helped to address issues related to development, sustainability and growth of community radio in the world. One of the strengths of AMARC is that it can count on talented journalists, producers and artisans who work tirelessly in the many resorts that make up the network. With this support, AMARC launched an international program of thematic radio campaigns featuring content produced by community radio. Structured around various…
Promotion of media education for children in Nigeria
Kaduna/Brussels (CNSN/SIGNIS). The President of SIGNIS Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Walter Ihejirika has advocated the promotion of media education among children in the country, condemning in strong terms their continued exploitation through making them passive contributors to media contents in the digital world. Fr Ihejirika made this remark in his address to declare open a four-day Video Clinic Workshop for children, organized by SIGNIS Nigeria at the Media Service Centre, Kaduna. The theme of the programme was: Media and the children. According to him, as prime citizens of the digital era, making children mere consumers of digital products is an exploitation.…
Jack Byrne, media literacy and Community radio in Dublin
Malibu/Brussels (Connect!on/SIGNIS) - “When it comes to media literacy, I am a missionary, like St. Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland,” said Jack Byrne, who has earned his own description. Byrne is modest: he has actually carried media literacy beyond Ireland, since he is not only the founder and first Chair of NEAR Media Cooperative in Dublin North East, but also the founder and Secretary of Craol, the Irish Community Radio Network, and the founder and former President of Amarc Europe. There are now 25 community radio stations and two community television stations in Ireland, according to Byrne two years ago.…
Project “The Church and Communication”  is an “online digital library”
Città del Vaticano (PCCS.VA) - “The Church and Communication” is an “online digital library” featuring documents of the Papal Magisterium on communication. The site gives access to excerpts chosen from over 1,100 documents, translated into various languages, from the first to the twenty-first century; features a “navigator” which helps to explore available online sources; offers a platform for reading and personal study; and provides an open environment for collaboration. The site is geared towards those interested in the subject, and especially those working in Church educational and formation centers which do not have large libraries. The project is being promoted…
The Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrated Mass at Vatican Radio
Vatican City (Vatican Radio)  - The Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrated Mass at Vatican Radio on Tuesday (29 September) and told its staff that they were “instruments of the Church” reaching out to the world and urged them to be examples of correct information. The cardinal was presiding over a Mass celebrated at the Radio’s headquarters to mark the feast day of St Gabriel, its patron saint.  Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:   In his homily Cardinal Parolin reflected on Vatican Radio’s mandate to communicate the words, gestures, actions and proposals of Pope Francis. He described it…


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