Church and Communication


The choice of theme this years has clearly been determined by the Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and the Holy Father undoubtedly desired that World Communications Day would provide the appropriate occasion to reflect on the deep synergy between communication and mercy. In the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Year, in paragraph 12, the Pope affirms that: The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. He adds: Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy,…
Wireless carriers boost capacities to avoid ungodly strains during pope's visit
New York (  — When Pope Francis addresses the 2 million people expected to flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Saturday it’s a heavenly bet many will be pulling out their smartphones to immortalize and share the moment on social media and with family and friends. That's led U.S. wireless carriers to work in advance to avoid ungodly strains on their cellular networks. The papal trip is the equivalent of “15 Super Bowls,” said John Donovan, AT&T technology and innovations senior executive vice president. The company has invested more than $25 million to prepare its network for…
In Malaysia, troubled Catholic newspaper treads carefully
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNS). The Herald, a Malaysian Catholic newspaper that made international headlines by being banned from using the word “Allah” to refer to God, is finding self-censorship a necessary part of continued survival in a tumultuous political landscape. Jesuit Fr. Lawrence Andrew, who has edited the Herald since its inception in 1994, has good reason to remain cautious, he explained recently to Current events in Malaysia underscore continuing sensitivities among ethnic and religious groups in the diverse country. As a result, independent media groups are facing increasing political pressure. The pressure is best illustrated by the three-month…
Fr. Lombardi speaks about the Vatican Secretariat for Communication
Vatican City ( - The Prefect of the new Secretariat for Communication reported to the Council on the first steps taken so far and in particular on the appointment of a group to draw up the Statutes for the new Dicastery. The working group has been constituted and has already commenced activity. It is made up of representatives of the institutes variously involved. The Statutes, while taking into account the progressive phase of consolidating the different entities that will form the Secretariat, defines the structure of the Dicastery as “definitive”. Particular attention will be given to evaluating legal and administrative…
Cardinal Tagle recently reminded those involved in communications to use their skills and talents in inviting others to a Jesus encounter
Pasay City ( – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle recently reminded those involved in social communications and mass media to use their skills and talents in inviting others to a Jesus encounter. Vehicles of encounter “I hope that through our social communication ministry, through the way we communicate, people will encounter God. May we be in the family and in the social communications ministry, be vehicles of encountering God,” he said in a recorded message played during the 9th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards (CSCBA) organized by the Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc. (ACCI) with the the Catholic Mass…

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