WYD pilgrims get training on how to defend their faith
What to do when people say, 'You're a Catholic, aren't you?'”
- Michelle Baumann for Catholic News Agency
- July 28, 2013
Participants at a World Youth Day training session received a crash course in defending the Catholic faith, both in the media – including social media – and around family members, friends and coworkers.
“It's that moment when people turn to you and say, 'You're a Catholic, aren't you? How can you justify that?'” said Catholic Voices founder Austen Ivereigh, journalist and author of “How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice.”
Ivereigh explained that he co-founded the Catholic Voices project in the U.K. in 2010 because he wanted to ensure “that Catholics knew how to communicate when the media spotlight was on them.”
The program is now present in 12 countries, including Brazil, he continued. While it prepares people to interact with the media, is can also be useful to equip the faithful in the workplace, at family gatherings and hanging out with friends.
“We have to be prepared, above all...in that place of greatest tension between the Church and society,” he said.
Source: Catholic News Agency