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Italian Catholics launch web tv channel aimed at youth

The new year has seen the launch of a new initiative by a number of Catholic groups of a web tv channel aimed at youth. Unfortunately the webcasts are in Italian but the following is the media statement released in English over the weekend to the media

(from the Official Press of 01/02/2004 5:20 PM Papaboys Foundation - (January 2nd, 5:10 pm) -

Starting January 1st, 2004 Papaboys Web Television, the first Catholic television through the web, targeting youth but not just youth, will begin their web transmissions. It is an experiment in evangelization in its first phase that hopes to become a testimony of the online enterprise that a group of young people decided to take on over a year ago. There will be not only videos, interviews, and other services, but soon a series of interesting programs that will be planned during the year will be aired in order to achieve a regular and real programming. The first official production to be realized and produced in collaboration with Concao Nova Tv (Brazilian Satellite Channel) and Maria Vision (Latin American Satellite Television) will be the evening gala of Christian music Kristianamente Musika, a sort of Oscar Award ceremony for Christian music, as the Italian press has dubbed the event, that took place recently at the Christmas Village in Rome's Villa Borghese and that will be transmitted on satellites and on Telepace. Christian music will play a big role in Papaboys Web Television and it will have a particular place in constant airing. Based on the creation of Papaboys Web Television that commits itself to the will and to the protection of Mary, as you can see on our new site, we propose to you:


The objectives of the promotion, of the development, and of the defense of our ideas of communication to young people in this modern and industrialized society that is filled with hubbub and subliminal messages that take them in the wrong direction, they can be most easily reached and pursued through the use of modern means of communication: the internet, radio, television, online journalism. The value of solidarity, in clear decadence, can be rinvigorated exactly through these marvelous, simple, and economic means of communication. In fact, it is quite extraordinary that the tecnological convergence coincides with the convergence of knowledge, culture, economic and political entities, and of organized instruments of civil and social welfare. The interface of this dialogue with the "center," once represented by the seats of political parties, parishes, or by social-cultural circles, will inevitably be represented by the mediating seats of the web and of community radio-television (interactive) with an immediate and direct relationship in a context of maximum efficiency and democracy. Contrary to that which came in the first industrial revolution with the "technology of the mechanic," which apportioned shops and stratified the interpersonal relations of the community, the new "technology of communication" is characterized by a great capacity for aggregation.

For the "centers of power and representation," with the new interactive means of communication, it will be increasingly more difficult to avoid direct contact with the basics. Institutions, by means of interactivity, in the end, will have to abituate themselves to dialoguing in a "non-ritual" way with their own citizens and with their representatives. Therefore, a scenario in which one can see the development of a system of relations based on the purification of lost values of solidarity and of the direct "base-vertice" dialogue, which existed in the old communities organized into artigian businesses in some cases, still present in small city centers, is now imaginable and possible.

This is not to say that Papaboys Television is a concept that brings one back to old times; rather, it is an ascertainment of modern reality seen instead through "new media" for the service of Jesus. In such a scenario, the purification of the method in which reality is represented must be followed. In summary, one must affirm a new mode of dialogue that tends to become securely "self-regulated," truer and more sincere, permanent, but often influenced by the structure that will govern the means of communication. And here is the weakness. If one wishes to, until now, impress onto institutional positions and onto the centers of power through the immediate, meritable, direct, and frank dialogue and if one does not wish to undergo the conditioning of the ownership of the media, he must have it in his possession and learn to handle it. Just as the "captain of industry" in the old times determined the rules of industrial relations, today the "kaptain of kommunication" has begun to detail the new mediatory rules toward which, undoubtedly, one will be able to rise to power. From this is born the race for the conquest of the means of communication that cannot be just appanage for the great economic groups that will use them for commercial ends and to obtain power. In fact, the new tecnological means, thanks to the easy usage, the modest investments required and to the great opportunity for convergence, are ideal for being used, in the regime of self-management, as well as by non-lucrative and non-profit organizations, like us at


The Church has a double aim when it comes to the means of social communication. One is the aim to encourage their correct evolution and their proper use for the good of human civilization, of justice, and of peace, for the elevation of society at the local, national, and community level, for the light of the common good and in the spirit of solidarity. Considering carefully the grand importance of social communication, the Church seeks an "honest and respectable dialogue with the media responsibilities," a dialogue that first begins with the elaboration of the politics that surround them. "This dialogue implies that the Church makes an effort to understand the media—their objectives, methods, rules of work, internal structures, and modality—and that it sustains and encourages those who work for them. Using this comprehensive understanding and support, it becomes possible to make significant proposals that aim to eliminate the obstacles that impede human progress and the declaration of the Gospel" (from: The Church and the internet—National Office for Social Communication).

We congratulate ourselves for, as it is written in the official documents, the fact that this type of project will be adequately valued by the preposed bodies: either way, we will give you news. Soon, from today on, therefore, beyond the Papaboys site', you will also be able to navigate and await the next surprise. Let God bless us.

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5 Jan 2004