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Bombay archdiocese trains priests to go digital

Updated: March 01, 2010 09:06 AM GMT
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MUMBAI, India (UCAN) -- The archdiocese of Bombay, the largest diocese in India, is training priests in its 119 parishes to use online and digital media to communicate the Gospel. “It is part of the ongoing formation for our diocesan priests and Religious priests working in parishes,” said Father Gilbert de Lima, dean of the St. Pius X College, the archdiocesan seminary. The move comes after Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 World Communications Day message in January, urged priests to utilize new media technology in their pastoral roles. Father de Lima said the archdiocese’s Conference of the Diocesan Priests, will host a one-day seminar on interactive media on March 4. He said over 100 priests had registered for the workshop. “The priests will be given hands-on training on web hosting, blogging, group SMSing, making short documentaries and posting them on YouTube, counseling in Internet chat rooms” as well as in traditional print and electronic media, said Father Melroy Fernandes, associate director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Communications Centre. The workshop will also help parish priests become media savvy and give a creative lift to parish bulletins, magazines and posters, said Father Fernandes, who is a coordinator for the course. He said priests are primarily communicators of a culture of values, and using online and digital media would make them more effective in reaching out to the masses.

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