Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Vatican to Host Meeting for Bloggers

Zenit News service reports that:
"The Vatican is hosting a meeting for bloggers, both to better understand what bloggers need, and to present media initiatives under way in the Church.

Supposing that a large group of bloggers will be in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the meeting has been scheduled for the following day, May 2.

Fr Frederico Lonbardi SJ
Director of the Vatican Press Office
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The Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications are sponsoring the event. The respective presidents of those two councils will participate, as will the director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

A communiqué from the culture council explained that the meeting will include two panels. The first will consist of five bloggers who will present some key issues, then opening the floor to general discussion. The second will include representatives of Church communication, who will talk about initiatives "aimed at ensuring an effective engagement by the Church with bloggers."

The meeting is open to all, but bloggers who wish to attend need to apply by emailing  and sending a link to their blog. As space is limited to 150 seats and there is a desire to have a representation of the entire blogosphere, entrance passes and further details will be distributed with a view to the diversity of language and geography, typology of blogs (institutional or private, multivoice or personal), subjects of blogs, and the timeliness of requests."

This blogger understands that at least 500 people have applied for the limited places available. It is obviously a useful and welcome initiative from the Vatican. Unfortunately this blogger will not be able to attend.

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