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USCCB News Release Archives

 
11-028
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bishops of the Americas Discuss Successes, Challenges of Communicating the Gospel with Modern Social Media


BALTIMORE, Md. (February 11, 2011)— The annual meeting of the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano or CELAM), accompanied by four bishops from the four regions of Latin America and the Caribbeanthe presidents of the Conferences of Bishops of Peru, Chile and Panama, as well as the Secretary General of Brazil­ — took place in Baltimore, Maryland on February 7 - 9.  The purpose of the meeting was to foster collegial bonds among the bishops of Canada, the United States and Latin America.
           
The theme of this 36th gathering of the Bishops of America was “Communion and Communication”.  The dialogue consisted of an exchange of views on how to transmit to the modern world the Gospel message and the image of the Catholic Church made up of the faithful gathered together in Christ Jesus.
           
From their experiences and perspectives as Catholic bishops from different regions in the whole American continent, the participants discussed successes and challenges in communicating and living the faith as a result of the rapidly changing means of social communications. Together they shared their experiences of how the new media can serve to bring together and to expand the knowledge and personal experience of the message of Christ in a rapid and accessible manner both within the Church and in society at large. They also discussed the challenge of forming, in all members of the Church, a spirit of deepened reflection on the wide ranging contents of newly developed means of social communication, in light of the Gospel message.

The list of participants in the gathering follows:

Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM)

His Eminence Cardinal Dom Raymundo Damasceno Assis, Archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil; President
Most Reverend Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, Archbishop of Mérida, Venezuela; First Vice President
Most Reverend Andrés Stanovnik, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Corrientes, Argentina; Second Vice President
Most Reverend José Leopoldo González González, Auxiliary Bishop of Guadalajara, Mexico; General Secretary
Father Sidney Fones Infante, Adjunct General Secretary

Presidents of Episcopal conferences of Latin America

Most Reverend Dom Dimas Lara Barbosa, Auxiliary Bishop of Río de Janeiro, Brazil
Most Reverend Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Archbishop of Santiago, Chile
Most Reverend Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, O.F.M., Archbishop of Trujillo, Perú
Most Reverend José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, O.A.R., Bishop of David, Panamá
     
Catholic Conference of Canadian Bishops (CCCB)

Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, President
Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta; Vice-President
Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall; Co-Treasurer
Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton; Co-Treasurer
Monsignor Patrick Powers, General Secretary

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Most Reverend Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, Vice President
Most Reverend José Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, Chairman, Migration Committee
Most Reverend George Murry, SJ, Bishop of Youngstown, Secretary
Monsignor David Malloy, General Secretary
Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, General Secretary-elect
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Keywords: Catholic bishops, Latin America, Canada, social media, Gospel, evangelization, Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, CELAM, U.S. Catholic bishops, USCCB, Canadian Catholic Bishops

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