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Lord Patten outlines vision for reform of Vatican communications
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - The head of the new committee to reform the Vatican’s media operation, Britain’s Lord Patten, says the Church’s resources must be “spent as effectively as possible” to communicate its unique message of “healing, love, hope and generosity of spirit.” Speaking to Vatican Radio on Wednesday at the end of the first meeting of the committee, the former chairman of the BBC Trust said the Vatican, like every media organisation, faces the challenge of integrating rapidly changing technologies with traditional forms of communication. The committee, set up in July, includes 11 media experts from Europe, the…

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Article: Blogging Nuns, Tweeting Monks, And The Catholic Church's Digital Revolution
(www.fastcompany.com) - Do you believe in... the power of Facebook to fan the flock's passionate flames? In 2006, Julie Vieira was getting ready to take her vows to become a nun. As she browsed the web, it became clear to her that nuns had an image problem on the Internet. “The pictures of nuns that popped up in searches were mostly of women in erotic nun outfits or ugly cartoons,” she says, over the phone. “Those of us who have devoted our lives to this vocation didn’t have a voice on the Internet; we were not representing ourselves.” So, in…
Sri Lankan bishops launch papal visit website
UCAN.- The Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) has launched an official website for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country, scheduled for January 13-15.  The website, www.popefrancissrilanka.com , is available in English, Sinhala and Tamil, and contains information on the visit, events, liturgical celebrations and media accreditation.  CBCSL president, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo said that in Sri Lanka Pope Francis would be able to "experience the essence of the Asian culture".   "Sri Lanka is a country where people belong to various ethnic groups and religions. The pope will have the opportunity of experiencing the whole of…
Evangelization and the ‘Digital Continent’
U.S.A. (www.kofc.org) - An interview with Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, about The Pope App, the Church and new media. After decades of diplomatic service with the Holy See, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli was appointed to lead the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2007. Under his leadership, the council has launched a number of new media initiatives, including the Vatican’s official YouTube channel in 2009, the Web portal News.va in 2011 and the @Pontifex Twitter handle in 2012. The Knights of Columbus directly supported the development of News.va as well as “The Pope…
Communications Sunday Upcoming: Bishops Celebrate It With A Media Workshop
Southern African (www.sacbc.org.za) - Our bishops will prepare for the celebration of Communications Sunday (7 September) with a media workshop on media facilitated by the Vatican team consisting of Prof Sean Patrick Lovett, Bishop Moses Hamungole (both of Vatican Radio) and Mgr Janvier Yameogo (of Pontifical Council of Social Communications). The workshop will run from 2nd-4th September at Lumko Pastoral Centre, Benoni under the theme “Discovering! Experimenting! Experiencing! Discerning!”. This is a joint effort of the Centre of Research and Education in Communication (France), Vatican Radio, Pontifical Council of Social Communications, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Office…




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