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Pope Francis thanks his 40m Twitter followers

“I want to encourage lay people and Catholics generally to stay involved in social media. You could say it’s a negative environment, there’s a lot of nasty comment, a lot of rough dealings with people. But then we’d abandon that field and let the trolls have it” - Bishop Paul Tighe.


Church Support Group & BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education announce partnership

Sydney-based Institute of Theological Education and Bray-based communications and technology services company to offer high quality distance theological education online in Ireland and the UK.


Primate pays tribute to much-loved Fr Michael Ross SDB

“He gave great witness to his faith in the way in which he bore his illness with courage and dignity, and in the way he accepted his final diagnosis.”


Social media, pastoral director and healthcare appointments in Killaloe

Youngest priest in the diocese, Fr Michael Geraghty, who was ordained in 2015, to head up Killaloe's social media engagement.


Irish Columban reports on Fiji cyclone disaster

Tropical cyclone claims the lives of 42 people and damages parishes and schools and other infrastructure.


Ossory appoints theologian to communications role

Fr Dermot Ryan is director of adult faith development in the diocese as well as chairperson of the Ossory council of priests.


Mgr Paul Tighe appointed to senior Vatican role

Appointment as assistant secretary to the Pontifical Council for Culture is a sign of Pope Francis' personal appreciation of his work: Archbishop Martin.


Mother Angelica’s condition is declining

EWTN founder, fed through feeding tube, offers suffering 'for Jesus'.


‘Communication is the core activity of the Church’

Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, marks 40th anniversary of the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth.


Church must harness best of new communications

Primate suggests Maynooth offer a theology course specifically tailored for those working in Church communications and religious affairs.


Pope creates dicastery to oversee communications

New Secretariat for Communications will act as umbrella for nine communications offices including Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Vatican Radio.


Good response to pilot station Radio Maria Ireland

"Initially we will reach out to those devoted to the Church, but once we are established we hope to bring lukewarm Catholics back to faith."


Pope releases World Communications message

Archbishop Eamon Martin, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Communications, welcomes this year’s message from Pope Francis.


Spirit Radio now broadcasting in Kildare

But proximity to RTE's bandwidth making it more difficult for Spirit to roll out service on FM across whole of Ireland.


Fr Lombardi honoured for communications role

Head of the Vatican's Press Office awarded an honorary doctorate by Rome university.


World Communications Day focuses on family

“Today the Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful."


Pope Francis says internet is a gift from God

In first message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis chooses: Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter.


Spirit Radio celebrates three years on the air

Over 160,000 people tuning in to the station with 'passion for life'


Teens gel with older generation in digital classes

Technology bridges generations as teens and seniors discover each other


Pope Warns Against Spiritual Harassment and Theological Brainwashing

"The fundamental challenge is not a technological one ... but of bringing people to Christ."


Interview with Catholic Comment speaker – Tony Curran

Tony Curran explains the purpose of Catholic Comment, why he got involved as a speaker and his sense of the need for lay catholics to find their voice.


Soul Waves Radio – Broadcasting Faith, Justice and Social Issues

Jo Smith interviews Miriam Gormally about the interviews that Soul Waves Radio makes available weekly to over 30 local and community radio stations and posts to their website.


Sacred Space – the website and book

Brian Grogan SJ explains the inspiration behind the widely popular on-line prayer resource and how it has also turned into a publishing success.


Salt and Light TV

Fr Thomas Rosica, founding CEO of Salt and Light Television, Canada’s first national Catholic Television Network is joined by Sebastian Gomes who joined Salt and Light TV earlier this year.


Fr Thomas Rosica on Catholic Media

Fr Thomas Rosica, the founding CEO of Salt and Light Television, addressed the topic – is there a Catholic Media and is the Media for Catholics?


Interview with Catholic Comment

Watch an interview recorded at IEC2012 with one of the organisers of Catholic Comment – Petra Conroy – and one of their newly trained speakers – Kevin Leavy..


Fr Paddy Byrne on Twitter

Fr Paddy Byrne explains why he opened his twitter account (@frpaddybyrne) and what he has learned about engaging with people on-line.


Communicating the Gospel – Celebrating 40 years of World Communications

Compiled by Brenda Drumm, this book brings together the Papal World Communications Day messages of Popes Paul IV, John Paul II and Benedict XVI over the past 40 years and some of the key church documents on social communications issued duing that period.


What is World Communications Day?

Every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses of how it can best use them to promote gospel values. Patrick Duffy explains what it is and refers to both the achievements and new initiatives of CatholicIreland.net.


A journal for today

The editor of “Studies”, Fergus O’Donoghue SJ, writes about the cultural apostolate he and his counterparts in other countries exercise through being editor of the Jesuit cultural journals.

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