Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bishops' Documents on Media

Pastoral Plan for Church Communication (Link to be updated, God willing the document is still available).
Highly recommended, but only available in Italian (from the Italian Bishops Conference):
  (This links to a pdf file of about 200 pages. The printed version comes with a disk featuring the content in video format.)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vatican Documents on Media

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI
Redemptoris Missio, Pope St John Paul II
Letter to Artists, Pope St John Paul II


World Day of Social Communications Messages 

2017: "Fear Not, for I am with You" (Is 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time
2016: Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter (50th World Communications Day)
2015: Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love
2014: Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter
2013: Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
2012: Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization  (NB: Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization was that year)
2011: Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age
2010: The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word
2009: New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship (on social networking)
2008: The Media: At the Crossroads between Self-Promotion and Service. Searching for the Truth in order to Share it with Others.
2007: Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education
2006:The Media: A Network for Communication, Communion and Cooperation
Messages for  1979-2005
Messages for 1967-1978

The Baragli Project

Currently in Beta (and in Italian only), the Baragli Project is a collection of any and all Church documents related to communication (not just technological communication).  The list of available documents (only the pertinent section is provided from the link) goes all the way back to the Muratorian Fragment and the Acts of the Apostles!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Various Online Resources

  • Catholic Web Solutions: SND ministry offers solid help and guidance in navigating trends in new media and how they relate to Catholic ministry concerns. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter! 

  • Center for Media Literacy

  • Admongo : FTC site helps children 8-12 identify the ways they are being marketed to.

  • SQPN (Star Quest Production Network): "A multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs .... to respond to the Church’s call to use the media for religious information, for evangelization and catechesis and for formation and education."

  • The Catholic Guy: Three-time Emmy winner Lino Rulli does radio right as Sirius Radio's Catholic Guy. His style is irreverent (and at times, you could say, unredeemed), but it's helping address a young adult audience in an effective way, showing that you do not become instantly stuffy upon entering into a sacramental life. Here's his talk to the SQPN conference in Boston (August 2010).

  • Word on Fire: A great service for the evangelization of culture! Father Robert Barron's videos, articles and homilies.
The caliber of artwork you can find and use
for free from certain major museums.
This image of The Annunciation was made
available by The Getty.

More and more communication is visual. If you aren't a photographer or artist, where can you find suitable images that you can use freely and without copyright worries? Several major art museums have begun to offer access to their digitized holdings, free for non-commercial use. So go ahead and put that masterpiece on your blog or institutional website. In some cases, you can download a high-quality image to use on prayer cards,  vocational literature or in a scholarly work for publication. (Read the fine print, which varies from site to site.)