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Cuba will host communications seminar for bishops organized by the Vatican

Thirty-five bishops from Central America and the Caribbean will meet for a communications seminar that will take place in Havana in February.

The four day seminar is organized by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications. It'll give the bishops a chance to develop stronger communications strategies for their dioceses.

MSGR. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI

President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications

"Nowadays, all the Church's activities are tied to communications. And this is important. Along with the bishops, we will meditate, we will have this four-day, intense seminar. We will ask ourselves what it means today to communicate, how to communicate and what to communicate.�

The seminar will be modeled after Pope's message for World Communications Day. In it, he asks Catholics to go beyond connecting with people, and to establish "authentic encounters.� He also called on them to become "Christian witnesses� in the digital world.

According to the Msgr. Celli, the Council's president, that's a role that even bishops have to take part in, not just the faithful.

MSGR. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI

President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications

"We realize that we are called to be witnesses about what we have. So the problem is not technological. Instead, there's the human dimension to communication that will allow the bishops to become truly authentic men that dialogue with authentic men and women.�

Msgr. Celli said the seminar will help the bishops discover that communication is more than passing on messages. It'll create that dialogue, as well as a culture of sharing, and growth as a community.

But he added that the biggest benefit will be reaching out and helping the people that are suffering. Like any mother would, Msgr. Celli says the Church can protect and help them.

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