Editorial: Papal canonizations, a special time for CNA

Catholic News Agency logo_CNA_World_Catholic_News_1-5-12The canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II are a very special time for the ACI Group because both of these saints impacted our founding and mission.

We began just over 34 years ago and have sought to respond to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization, which was deeply shaped by John XXIII’s calling for the Second Vatican Council. The Council focused on how to evangelize man in a rapidly changing world and considered the evolution of social communications and its impact on humanity.

The ACI Group – which includes Catholic News Agency (founded in 2004), the Spanish agency ACI Prensa (1980), and the Portuguese ACI Digital (1997) – is committed to responding to the challenges of the New Evangelization explained by Pope John Paul II: “entire groups of the baptized have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live a life far removed from Christ and his Gospel.”

Practically, this means that we must use new technology and social communication to bring the truth of Jesus Christ, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the message of the Pope to strengthen the faith of practicing Catholics, renew the faith of fallen away Catholics, and reach non-believers with Christ’s message of love, mercy and truth.

Today, this mission has led us to open offices and station correspondents around the world: in Rome, the United States, Spain, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia and especially, as Pope Benedict XVI called it, the “Digital Continent.”

During the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II, we reported from the corners of the world, bringing stories of how these two great saints touched the lives of normal people with the extraordinary love of Christ. Stories of how these two Popes inspired so many to live holy lives, of men and women who heard the vocational call to the religious life and of lay men and women who were motivated to dedicate their lives in service to others or to construct holy families like the Holy Family of Nazareth.

We give thanks for these 34 years and ask for the intercession of our Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II to be able to faithfully continue this work of evangelizing the world through social communications.