Church and Communication


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…
SIGNIS Services Rome Launches New Website
Rome ( - SIGNIS Services Rome (SSR), the pastoral and technical office of SIGNIS, is launching a new website presenting its services in the field of Internet, radio, TV, cinema, music and training: Along with the new website, SSR is introducing two new services for cinema and music. Cinema in a box is a complete system for film and video projection, all in one box including HD projector, Bluray/DVD player, audio system and widescreen. Easily transportable, it allows people to organize screenings and discussions with easy-to-use professional material. Music in a box allows artists to have a high quality…
Friar's photos of Archbishop Romero show 'humanity that lived in him'
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) - Franciscan Brother Octavio Duran captured many of the iconic images of Archbishop Oscar Romero during the final two years of the Salvadoran archbishop's life. Today, some of those pictures are being recirculated in news reports from the Vatican about Archbishop Romero's possible recognition as a martyr for the faith. The recommendation by a panel of theologians advising the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes is a key step in the sainthood cause for Archbishop Romero, an outspoken defender of the poor during his country's civil war. On Jan. 8, the panel declared that Archbishop Romero was…
Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - Speaking about the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis said on Thursday that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.  His comments came during a wide-ranging press conference with journalists accompanying him on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second and final leg of his journey to Asia. During the press conference, Pope Francis was asked by a French journalist about the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of expression.  He replied saying that both are "fundamental human rights" and stressed that…

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