Loading
Catholic social media summit stresses evangelization
By Antonio Anup Gonsalves
Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, speaks at the Catholic Social Media Summit in the Philippines. Credit: Youth Pinoy.
Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, speaks at the Catholic Social Media Summit in the Philippines. Credit: Youth Pinoy.

.- A youth symposium on social media in the Philippines highlighted the call of the new evangelization to explore digital means of sharing the Gospel.

“If we are to share the Good News with our brothers and sisters in the ‘digital continent,’ we must speak a ‘language’ they can understand and be present as authentic witnesses to our faith,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission on Social Communication.

Msgr. Tighe delivered the keynote address at the Philippines’ Catholic Social Media Summit, held at Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila from Nov. 23-24.

The event, organized by Youth Pinoy in collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Youth and the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, drew more than 400 participants from across the country.

In his address, Msgr. Tighe discussed the challenges facing the Church in the digital culture and the need to effectively communicate the Word of God to today’s social media generation.

He stressed the importance of being good citizens of the digital world, open to dialogue and witnessing a life that is consistent with evangelization. In addition, he emphasized that the language of digital and social communications are conversational and interactive.

Speaker Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III, media office director for the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that Christians who want to participate in the movement to “evangelize” the digital continent should be like Mary.

Presenting the image of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth, Msgr. Quitorio said online evangelizers should “carry the Word in their wombs,” just like the Blessed Mother.

“Only when you are filled with the Word will you be qualified to post about it on social media,” he said.

The closing day of the Social Media Summit also coincided with the feast of the Christ the King and the closing of the Year of Faith.

At the closing Mass, Mons. Tighe reflected on Christ’s Kingship, which is “all about service, of reaching out to others, not about looking after one’s own interests.”

He noted that the way of Jesus is “not controlling, not dominating, not having power but giving yourself and spending yourself in the service of others.”

“You are the people that make up the social media,” he stressed. “You are the people that make up the community of the internet. Use your power, your voice, your talents, your abilities to make social media a place of solidarity.”

Msgr. Tighe cautioned participants to resist the temptation to use the power of social media to promote themselves in order to become popular or well-liked.

Rather, he urged the young people to transform social media into a “place where we look out for one another, where we support one another, where we care for one another.”

Tags: Social Media, Communications


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Jul
28

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Gospel
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »

Saint
Date
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Homily
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: