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Pope Francis presented with new version of “The Pope App”
Vatican City (PCCS) – Pope Francis this week took the opportunity to view the latest version of  “The Pope App”, developed under the direction of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Council, accompanied by project coordinator, Thaddeus Jones, met on Monday with Pope Francis to show him the app, which was released in the iTunes and Google Play stores on the 4th of July.  The Pope expressed his appreciation for the efforts and the work being done by all the Vatican’s media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world.…


Washington. Media giants take turns going on consolidation buying sprees
WASHINGTON (Catholic News Service) -- In the media industry -- or, as is the case here, the multimedia industry -- the question continues to be asked: How big is too big? The telecom giants' answers seem to be: Not big enough yet. Comcast, which bought NBC Universal a few years ago, is already the nation's largest cable TV provider. Earlier this year, it declared its intent to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable TV provider, for $45 billion. AT&T, which is thought of primarily as a phone company -- its acronym once stood for American Telephone & Telegraph…
Pope's influence stretches beyond Vatican, into Twittersphere: survey
Geneva ( -- Pope Francis has by far the most clout of any world leader on Twitter because he is so widely retweeted, a study of political use of the social network showed on Wednesday. With 14 million followers for the nine different language versions of his @Pontifex account, the cyber-savvy pontiff boasts just a third of those notched up by U.S. President Barack Obama. But that it not the key measure, said Matthias Luefkens, who steers the annual Twiplomacy survey. “It's not the number of followers which is really important, but the reach, the engagement,” he said. The real…
Today has seen the launch of the official website for the second series of European Catholic Social Days
St.Gallen CH ( - Today has seen the launch of the official bi-lingual (English-Spanish) website for the second series of European Catholic Social Days (Madrid, Spain, 18-21 September 2014) on the theme “The Christian faith and the future of Europe’. 150 delegates from the Bishops’ Conferences and church bodies throughout the continent will gather in Madrid to reflect on the Church’s mission in contemporary society and link the debate on Europe to the Church’s social teaching. The meeting, promoted by two European episcopal organisations, ComECE (the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) and CCEE (the Council of…
Speaking notes of Archbishop Celli at Media Convention in Charlot #CMC14
  Speaking notes of Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, 2014 Catholic Media Conference - #CMC14 Charlotte, NC, U.S.A., 19 June 2014   My Dear Friends in Christ, It is a pleasure to be here with you once again for this annual conference bringing together Catholic media professionals from across North America. I make a point of being here whenever possible, since it is a privileged occasion to meet many of you face-to-face, something I believe is essential. I would like to compliment the organizers on the rich program of meetings and workshops you…

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