Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 14:49 pm
Participants at a World Youth Day training session received a crash course in defending the Catholic faith, both in the media – including social media – and around family members, friends and coworkers.
“It's that moment when people turn to you and say, 'You're a Catholic, aren't you? How can you justify that?'” said Catholic Voices founder Austen Ivereigh, journalist and author of “How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice.”
Ivereigh explained that he co-founded the Catholic Voices project in the U.K. in 2010 because he wanted to ensure “that Catholics knew how to communicate when the media spotlight was on them.”
The program is now present in 12 countries, including Brazil, he continued. While it prepares people to interact with the media, is can also be useful to equip the faithful in the workplace, at family gatherings and hanging out with friends.
“We have to be prepared, above all...in that place of greatest tension between the Church and society,” he said.
Ivereigh delivered a talk on how to successfully defend the faith in the modern world and answered questions from pilgrims at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro on July 24. He was joined by Alejandro Bermudez, executive director of Catholic News Agency, who added suggestions on how to apply these principles to modern methods of social media.
The event, sponsored by CNA and Catholic Voices USA, was held in both English and Spanish and drew an international crowd of young people.
Ivereigh, who has been a journalist for years, rejected the portrayal of the media as anti-Catholic. Rather, he said, media outlets reflect the frame of modern society, which is their audience.