Church and Communication


Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines chief on papal news: "More substance, please"
DAGUPAN City ( — While many are still “high” from the country’s Petrine encounter after Pope Francis’ historic visit, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) makes a rundown of what unfolded over the past few days, noting, however, that recent reports on the apostolic trip tends to lack substance. “The focus is being turned towards the surface and not the substance. As expected, there were much interest on what the Pope ate; the type of chairs he sat on; the vestments he wore; the vehicles he rode in,” shares CBCP president Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas…
Beyond the digital, into the heart: a Vatican take on communication
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - The Vatican's top communications official said that true interaction requires more than just phones and internet – and that dialogue is an interpersonal encounter we learn even from our mother's womb. “The first way of communication, the source of my learning is the womb of my mother,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli told CNA at the Jan. 23 presentation of Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day. “Can you imagine what that means? That from inside the womb of my mother I am starting to listen, I am discovering the sound of the voice of my…
Listen to the report about the 49th Message for World Day of Communications: Communicating the Family
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963).  The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” The World Day of Social Communications is celebrated in almost all countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. The announcement comes on the eve of 24 January, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, and the day on which the message traditionally is released.…


49th World Communications Day Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love 2015 Message of His Holiness Pope Francis The family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October.  So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications Day should have the family as its point of reference.  After all, it is in the context of the family that we first learn how to communicate.  Focusing on this context can help…
Vatican press impressed by PH reception for Pope
Manila ( — Members of the Vatican Accredited Media Personnel admitted they were impressed by the warm welcome accorded His Holiness Pope Francis by hundreds of thousands of Filipinos since yesterday. Gerard O’Connell, associate editor and Vatican correspondent for America, said it was a delightful sight to see thousands of children dancing to welcome the pope. He added he was impressed by the respect and admiration given the Successor of Peter on the second leg of his trip to Asia . “I am impressed [by] the people’s manifestation of faith,” he said.Thousands of young people performed three dance numbers for…

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