Thursday, 21 May 2009

"Blessed Be the Net?"

I was fortunate to attend the annual Catholic Media Lecture in London given by Fr Lombardi SJ (pictured right) who is Director of the Vatican's press office. He encouraged communicators to meet the challenge of using the internet to engage positively to further the Gospel message of the Church.

He said "One of the biggest challenges facing us at present is that of interactivity, and, I would say, of 'positive interactivity'. How ought we to tackle this challenge at all levels of the Church’s life? For me specifically, the challenge presents itself to the communications efforts of the Holy See, and our experience at Vatican Radio comes to mind. In recent years the internet has been for us an important tool that has made it possible for us to deliver content to countless users of all kinds. Now, however, the reality of the situation that is emerging is one in which the great thing is not simply content distribution, but greater and greater interactivity."

The full text as well as podcasts of Fr Federico Lombardi's address, “Blessed be the Net? A Roman perspective on the problems of new communications”, can be found here.

The Vatican as well as running Vatican YouTube announced this week that it is set to unveil its newest Web page. Called 'Pope2You.net', the site aims to bring the words and messages of Benedict XVI to young people. This includes a Facebook application, iPhone apps and WikiCath. Presenting the Gospel in new and exciting ways for young people.

This diocese is also shortly to relaunch it website for young people called YAAB which among other things will include a Twitter feed. Please watch out for more on all of this.

'Proclaim his help day by day, tell among the nations his glory and his wonders among all the peoples.' Psalm 95

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