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Changes afoot at the Vatican.va Portal
(PCCS).-The Web Portal of the Holy See, www.vatican.va, which receives on average half-a-million hits per month, has recently made some interesting changes to its interface. Unlike traditional home pages which invite the visitor to select a language, Vatican.va recognizes the language settings of your browser and welcome you to the site in that language. The first page is now designed with two menu areas on the left-hand-side, corresponding to the Holy Father and the Church’s teaching Magisterium; whilst the second menu area offers the visitor multimedia information regarding the Holy Father and the Vatican Curia (under the concepts of «…
Sharing Pastoral Resources for the 48th World Day of Social Communications. #Encounter
Vatican City.- Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter is Pope Francis' theme for the coming World Day of Social Communications on 1st June, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. As in previous years, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS), has issued a call for the sharing of pastoral resources by the communications offices of the local Churches around the globe; these resources would take the form of audiovisual productions, prepared on the above theme. It is the vocation of PCCS to "encourage and support the Church, and her faithful, in the production and distribution…
Mariathon 2014! Worldwide solidarity begun in its second edition
Rome (radiomaria.org) -  The display of worldwide solidarity begun in 2013 is now in its second edition. Millions of listeners throughout the five continents are awaiting these days (between 9th and 11th May) to pray, give their testimony, and lovingly help those countries where Radio Maria has just started broadcasting and where we hope it can start its activity within the next 2 years. Like last year, there are 11 projects which we want to specifically support and of which we want to give you a brief overview: India: was the first of these projects to be officially inaugurated on…
Sydney (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)  - Marking the 48th World Communications Day, celebrated on 25 May 2014, the Catholic Church in Australia celebrates the stories of twelve individuals from dioceses across Australia through a digital storytelling project entitled ‘Stirring Hearts’. View the Stirring Hearts trailer:  www.stirringhearts.org.au/about  Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter is the 2014 theme for World Communications Day promulgated by the Holy Father Pope Francis. Stirring Hearts is a response to the Holy Father’s message that speaks of social networks as one way to experience the call to discover the beauty of faith and the beauty…

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan: "We need competent lay people to represent the Church"
Roma.- "The day of old, fat, balding bishops like me being the best spokespeople for the Church is long gone: now needs to have trained, competent lay people to represent them!". With a personal sense of irony, Cardinal Timothy Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, shared this belief when opening the IX Professional Seminar for Communications Offices (April, 28-30, 2014), promoted by the School of Church Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Speaking about the "cultural challenges for Church communicators", the archbishop offers "seven observations" about how to realize efficacious institutional communications, the fruit of his experience…




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