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I believe that the goal is to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of today, in order to appreciate their desires, their doubts, and their hopes... Do not be afraid to be this presence, expressing your Christian identity as you become citizens of this environment. A Church that follows this path learns how to walk with everybody!
--Pope Francis, address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical
Council for Social Communications
The Catholic Communication Campaign is a way that each of us can follow the call to enter into the world of new media and digital networks. Pope Francis emphasized the importance of this endeavor during his first audience with members of the media on March 16, 2013: "Be assured that the Church, for her part, highly esteems your important work." The Pope has given us an example of witnessing through new media, by his tweets and his daily homilies.
Whether you interact on social media sites throughout the day or rarely use email, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) provides high quality Catholic content for you. Through Internet, television, radio, and newspapers, the Catholic Church uses media to spread the Gospel message both locally and nationally. The Collection funds an array of Catholic projects, including the For Your Marriage campaign and coverage of important events, like the papal election of Pope Francis. Half of all donations collected in your diocese stay in your diocese to support your local communications needs.
The message for this year's 47th World Day for Communications emphasizes the importance of social networks. "Social networks are thus nourished by aspirations rooted in the human heart.The networks are increasingly becoming part of the very fabric of society, inasmuch as they bring people together on the basis of these fundamental needs. Social networks are thus nourished by aspirations rooted in the human heart." When we join in these networks as authentic witnesses of our Christian faith, we bring the light of Christ to others.
The Catholic Communication Campaign is how the Good News gets around to you. Please be generous in the Collection, which will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014.
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