Church and Communication


An English bishop encourages students for the priesthood to communicate via social media
(PCCS) - During the first week of July 2014, Mons. Paul Hendricks, an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Southwark, England, has been conferring the ministries of Lector and Acolyte on students from the Venerable English College during their annual summer vacation — or to give it its Italian name,« villeggiatura » — at Palazzola, the College’s villa just outside of Rome. Overlooking Lake Albano, the villa sits midway on the steep caldera opposite the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo — not only the traditional summer residence of popes, but also the ancient Latium city of « Alba Longa »,…
Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - At a press conference on Wednesday, the head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that British life-long peer, Lord Patten, has been appointed to oversee Vatican Communications. Former Chairman of the BBC Trust and current Chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Francis Patten is a British Conservative politician and administrator who served as the last Governor of Hong Kong prior to the handover to Chinese rule. Patten was Member of Parliament for Bath in the south of England, before becoming a cabinet minister and party chairman. He accepted the post of…


A committee has been appointed to propose reforms for the Vatican Media
A committee has been appointed to propose reforms for the Vatican Media. The committee will publish a report and a reform plan within the next 12 months after considering the COSEA report. The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings. Building on the recent positive experiences with initiatives such as the Pope App and the Holy Father's Twitter Account, digital channels will be strengthened to ensure the Holy Father's messages reach more of the faithful around the world, especially young people. The members of…


A congregation of religious women aims to distribute 75, 000 copies Bibles in poor communities
MANILA ( – A congregation of religious women aims to distribute 75, 000 copies Bibles in poor communities by October this year as part of its 75th diamond jubilee celebration. “Both the rich and the poor need to relearn from the Bible and strengthen their faith,” Sr. Evangelina Canag, former provincial superior of the Daughters of St. Paul, said. Bibles for families Called “Biblia sa Bawat Pamilya”, this project of the Daughters of St. Paul,will circulate copies of the Bible in different dialects across the country to promote a deeper understanding of Scripture, Daughters of St. Paul provincial superior Sr.…
The Pope in your pocket: new 2.0 app launched
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the work being done by all the Vatican’s media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world. The Pope’s words came on Monday as he was given a personal viewing of the new updated version of  “The Pope App”, developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Council President Archbishop Claudio Celli, accompanied by project coordinator, Thaddeus Jones, met with the Pope to demonstrate features of the app, which was released in the iTunes and Google Play stores on July 4th. Available in five languages,…


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