Church and Communication


Communication as encounter, between authenticity and pragmatism
( -  What is the impact of digital communication on thinking and living the faith? Can the virtual encounter be communication and an opportunity for an authentic encounter? And how can Christian witness be expressed in the digital universe? These are some of the questions which the bishops with responsibility for social communications in Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences, accompanied by their experts, will tackle in Athens in the light of Pope Francis’ Message for the 2014 World Communications Day. The meeting, promoted by CCEE’s Commission for Social Communications, chaired by His Lordship Mgr José Ignacio Munilla Aguirre, Bishop of San Sebastian (Spain),…
Baltimore. Singing friar says Franciscan message of simplicity appeals to children
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- One would think that a Franciscan friar committed to a vow of poverty would not need a lesson in simplicity. But that was exactly what Brother Alessandro Brustenghi, an international recording artist, said he received when he came to Baltimore to sing with "Francis in the Schools," a California-based, nonsectarian program devoted to sharing the message and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi with city children. During the Oct. 17 concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brother Alessandro serenaded more than 800 children from mostly inner-city Baltimore…
Successful Kickstarter campaign makes dreams come true for composer
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) -- After attending a "lavishly produced" play at the large, Protestant church on the west end of town, composer Tom Quiner of Holy Trinity Parish in Des Moines, Iowa in the U.S. decided it was high time this quality of evangelization was offered to Catholics. Quiner, who has produced theatrical productions such as "The Day I Lived Forever," "The Guy Agnostico Show" and "The Pope of the People" launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 in one month. "The whole mission is part of a ministry that my wife and I embraced called evangelization through entertainment,"…
Monsignor Paul Tighe discusses how the Vatican has embraced digital platforms like twitter and also developed the Pope app. Monsignor Tighe serves as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin.


App brings God into digital environment, creates 'space' for meditation
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Amid the imposed and often fast-paced routine of everyday life, an app is giving people a reason to quiet their minds through light meditation and prayer. PeaceQuest is an immersive 3-D app designed to take users on a spiritual journey and allow them to establish a deeper connection with God and with themselves. Father Stephen Fichter, a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, and Kathe Carson, president of the video production company Kathe Carson Inc., created the app in December 2013. Father Fichter said their motivation came from recognizing the "constant intrusion"…

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