Monday, 2 February 2009

Let it Snow - Prima Nix

I lived in Rome for 4 years in the 1980's and snow such as we see today in England and Wales is even rarer there. It did in fact snow twice in that 4 years even though it had not snowed at all in the previous 14 years! The picture shows a Roman tram running despite the snow. On one occasion the snow fell during University term time and so we had a day off as few of the students from elsewhere in the city could get into the University. This was known as 'Prima Nix' (the first Snow). I am likewise held at home today because of the thick snow but 'Prima Nix' or not with modern technology the work goes on. Last week's blog on World Communications Day below quoted from Pope Benedict's message for the day which reminded us of the great value of modern technologies for communication and how we need to use them for the benefit of all.

Today is also of course Candlemas, the Feast of Presentation of the Lord in the Temple where Simeon declares that Jesus is 'the light to enlighten the Gentiles'. Communications in the Church are about being part of that light to the nations and it is something that we need to work on and develop. The current debate around the lifting of the excommunication on the the Bishops of the Society of St Pius X and the views of one its Bishops on the holocaust show quickly a positive story can turn to bad. We need to continue to ensure it is the Good News we proclaim and not bad news.

To that end in the diocese we are organising a day for all those in working with the media either on a diocesan level or in their local area on Saturday 4th April at the Diocesan Offices in Crawley. We hope lay people and clergy will be able to attend and share ideas and information; And that we can continue the task of developing skills and abilities to speak the Gospel in our times. To book a place and for more information email

'For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, the light to enlighten the Gentils and give glory to Israel, your people.' (Luke 2:30-32)

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