Church and Communication


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"…
Omaha. At 50, 'Mass for Shut-ins' helps homebound feel part of faith community
OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Fifteen minutes before a recent taping of the "Mass for Shut-ins" television program, Serra Club of Omaha members moved quickly about the WOWT studio in Omaha, each with a specific job. One of the lectors, Judy Tamisiea, placed the linens on the altar. Another lector, Tom Haller, asked retired Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss of Omaha, the celebrant that night, how to pronounce a name in his assigned reading. And Tamisiea's husband, Dr. Paul Tamisiea, serving as the commentator, or host, reviewed his script. But as Dan Warnke, producer and director for WOWT, counted down to the…
Ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of erection of the International Association SIGNIS
On October 24, 2014 the official ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of erection of the International Association SIGNIS took place on the premises of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The President of the association and the staff were present together with the Superiors of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. SIGNIS is an international association, born in 2001, from the fusion of two associations who had already received wide approvals and recognition from the Holy See (International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisuals, and International Office for Catholic Radio). In order to efficaciously offer her contribution to…
Davenport. Public now has access to Iowa Catholic paper's treasure trove of news
DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- Famine in Ireland, a monsignor's thoughts on divorce in 1884, and commentary on the Second Vatican Council as it was happening. These topics and countless more fill some 80,000 pages of The Catholic Messenger's newly digitized archive, dating back to Jan. 6, 1883. This treasure trove of news is available to anyone with access to the Internet -- at no charge! The Catholic Messenger's board of directors believes the weekly, diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Davenport is an invaluable resource on the local and universal church that should be accessible to the public. Advantage Companies…

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