May 4, 2010.
The Church should open itself more each time to new media just as social websites and reporters covering religious information should have a deeper knowledge of the specific identity of the Church.
This is one of the conclusions that has reached the 300 participants in the 7th Professional Seminar for Church Communications Offices organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Archbishop Claudio María Celli
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“We know Jesus, but we must discover how to present Jesus to humanity today and also to understand what humanity is. I will say we are longing for God and many don’t probably, and so we must rediscover what’s in the heart of people and what we can give.”
Father José María Laporte
President, Congress organizing committee
“Of course we as the communications of the Church we should try to improve our way to try to explain ourselves but also in the world people should try to understand ourselves a little bit better.”
With the title ‘Identity and Dialogue’, communicators from all over the world addressed the role of the Church in the public debate and some vaticanistas explained their job and difficulties. Spokespeople from the United States, Slovakia and Italy also did this.
They also analyzed how they should address the crisis of sexual abuse, the communications strategy of the Pope’s trips and the presence of the Church in the press or in movies.
Msgr. Paul Tighe
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“Part of the role of the communications officer is to help maybe the Church at times to understand the urgency, the stridency, the rigor of the demands of media, to understand where that’s coming from, to understand also how in many ways there’s a desire there to find the truth.”
Spokesperson, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“There are Catholic communicators from all over the world here, so it was fascinating to me to hear their perspective on various issues and at the same time to see that we have much in common.”
In the general audience, Pope Benedict XVI greeted the participants in the Congress and asked them to continue spreading the Christian hope. Work that press offices and reporters multiply through forms of communication.