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Conferences explore ways for Church to become more media savvy

The website of Vidimus Dominum carries reports of a conference held in Rome last week sponsored by the Union of Superiors General urging "we need to know how to train young religious in publishing and social communications". The meeting was the first of its kind and assessed the areas of common interests and problems. Among the proposals for the future, the importance of the formation was stressed, especially for the young people who are undertaking the journey of the consecrated life, in order to give to them the tools and the opportunity to know the publishing and social communications sectors.

On the other side of the world a conference took place in Miami for representatives from Catholic radio and television networks, internet portals, newspapers and film production companies. CNS carries a report that the Cardinal-Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Lopez Rodgriguez is urging the creation of a Catholic television network that will span all of American from Alaska to Argentina. Cardinal Rodriguez is the Chairman of this group that has been meeting for four years under the banner "New Evangelisation of America". About 1500 or 10% of the 15,000 commercial radio stations in the US are Christian radio stations but only about 50 of those are Catholic. Catholic newspapers in the US have more than 20 million readers.

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