As well as these written materials there are free pamphlets in PDF and eBook formats to download, and also audio files of talks given at the bi-annual youth conferences which take place in the UK.
The Movement is expanding its outreach with the forthcoming re-launch of its Magazine, and the production of more videos to be shared online in the near future.
It’s a website worth watching for any Catholic interested in spreading the Gospel to the people of our time.
Africa (canaafrica.org) - Paulines Publications Africa has launched its new collection of electronic books (eBooks) and electronic commerce (eCommerce) website at Cardinal Otunga Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Wednesday morning event was presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau, on behalf of John Cardinal Njue.
The historic event is a response to the need to contribute to electronic publishing in Africa and particularly “to evangelise the people of God using the latest and fastest means of communication which the internet offers.”
“Electronic publishing has gone far in other continents but Africa, with its fast-growing technological reality, is lacking in electronic publications that can help in the development of the continent,” reads in part the media brief circulated ahead of the launch.
“Several publishing houses have converted their books into electronic format all around the world. And many authors now have their books in EBook format which are sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo online stores,” the urgency of the initiative is explained, adding “In our continent we still lag behind and only very few publishing houses have ventured into such extensive mission of having not only an online sale but also electronic books for every category of persons within and outside this continent.”
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of the Commission for Social Communications of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Bishop Martin Kivuva congratulated the Daughters of Paul for the initiative, describing their achievement as “a milestone for the Church.”
Bishop Kivuva challenged the congregation to embrace new technology and use it to grow in Christian faith.
“The new technologies are not only changing the way we communicate, but communication itself, so much so that it could be said we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation,” Bishop Kivuva said and added, “To inhabit the web requires you to establish connections, build bridges, open thresholds in our world through offering the charity of truth.”
He also appealed for capacity building of Church personnel saying, “We need ongoing courses for religious who are maybe left behind. We need them to embrace technology.”
According to the media brief by Paulines Publications Africa, “This new product comes with a downloadable app (Pauline eReader App) for all android devices. These devices include tablets, phablets and smartphones with Android Mobile Operating Systems, e.g. Samsung tablets, Huawei tablets and smart phones, Techno products, etc. It is easy to download the ‘Pauline eReader App’ from Google Play Store and view all the available eBooks.”
The launch of the e-books and e-commerce is viewed as a breakthrough event for the Catholic publishing in Africa as well as the publishing industry in Kenya, the region and Africa.
Paulines Publications Africa is a communication project of the Daughters of St Paul, an international religious congregation using the communication media to evangelize and to promote the dignity of all people.
The audio of Bishop Martin Kivuva was sent to CANAA by Waumini Communications, KCCB.
Meanwhile, at the Vatican on Thursday, November 27, 2014, Pope Francis received in audience the members of the Pauline Family, encouraging them to take the Gospel to the most diverse cultures and social contexts.
Below is the message from Vatican Information Service.
This morning the Pope received in audience the members of the Pauline Family, the group of institutions that encompasses the Society of St. Paul and the Daughters of St. Paul (Paulines), dedicated to the apostolate through means of communication. Founded by Blessed Giacomo Alberione (1884-1971), the Pauline Family is composed of ten members: five religious congregations, four aggregated institutes and an association of lay collaborators. This year it celebrates the centenary of its foundation and, to commemorate this anniversary, Francis invited them to renew their “commitment to living and communicating faith”, especially through the editorial and multimedia tools typical of their charism.
He also encouraged them to continue the path their founder opened up and which the Family has followed so far, “always keeping your gaze on broader horizons”, adding that we must never forget that “evangelisation is essentially connected with the proclamation of the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ, or have always denied Him. … Everyone has the right to receive the Gospel. Christians have the duty of announcing it without excluding anyone. This impulse to move towards the people, but also to existential peripheries, this 'Catholic' impulse, is something you have in the blood, in your DNA, for the very fact that your founder was inspired by the figure and the mission of the apostle Paul”.
Francis explained that Blessed Giacomo Alberione saw, in the announcement of Christ and of the Gospel to the masses, the most authentic and most necessary form of charity that could be offered to men and women who thirst for truth and justice”.
He added, “you too are called to serve the people of today, to whom the Spirit sends you, with creativity and dynamic fidelity to your charism, identifying the most appropriate ways of announcing Jesus. … The imagination of charity knows no bounds, and knows how to open up ever new roads to bring the breath of the Gospel into the most diverse cultures and social environments”.
“Vatican Council II presented the Church to us as a population on the move … a vision that expresses Christian hope. … Therefore, our being a Church in progress, while it roots us in the task of announcing Christ and His love for every creature, also prevents us from being imprisoned by earthly and mundane structures; it keeps the spirit open and makes us capable of outlooks and demands that find their fulfilment in the beatitude of the Lord.
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 Asia through his visit," the cardinal told reporters at a press conference on Friday in Colombo that was held to announce the website's launch. Sri Lanka is the first leg of Pope Francis’ Asia trip, after which he will proceed to the Philippines, Jan. 15-19. Details of the trip are not yet finalized.
Barcelona (www.ccee.eu) - On the occasion of the meeting of CCEE’s Commission for Social Communications (CCS), taking place at this time in the Spanish city of Barcelona (8-10 November), the new website of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences - www.ccee.eu - was presented to participants. The site is now live.
The graphics, using the CCEE colours and logo, are the work of the Dutch designer Patrick Jimenez Quinayas.
The new bi-lingual version (Italian – English) presents the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and its activities to the visitor. Alongside sections which illustrate the management of the European episcopal body and its members, there are various sections which enable an in-depth examination of the various areas of work tackled by the Council, through its commissions, working groups or institutional meetings.
In the news section, linked to the calendar present on the homepage, the visitor can access information on past and future meetings and the latest news. The professional working in communications will also be able to ask directly to be included in the CCEE mailing list and will find other useful information for his or her work in the ‘Media’ section.
Kolkata (Times of India): The Archdiocese of Calcutta on Tuesday launched a website http://www.archdioceseofcalcutta.in to mark the completion of 125 years of its foundation in the city. On September 1, 1886, the catholic hierarchy was set up in British India by Pope Leo XIII and the Vicariate Apostolic of Bengal was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese and christened 'Archdiocese of Calcutta'.
"We have a mission of service in education, healthcare and social development. To mark the occasion, we are going to organize a series of events this year," said Archbishop of Calcutta Lucas Sirkar. Commenting on the event, coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta Thomas D'Souza said, "We have already opened a 70-bed hospital at Midnapore especially for the poor. It will help to treat patients suffering from leprosy, TB and HIV/AIDS patients. We wish to reach out to the poor and the marginalized section of the society and strive for empowerment to the maximum extent possible."