Papal Message for World Communications Day


wcdayThis being Sunday, my normal day of “rest” from my computer, I don’t want to do a long post here, but simply want to invite you to read Pope Benedict XVI’s newly released message for World Communications Day 2010.  This eloquent encouragement for priests to explore and embrace the true potential of new media technologies is music to my ears!  Catholic News Service has a full story here, and I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve had a chance to read and digest this message.  I’ll be back this week with more on this topic, including  my thoughts on a few priests who are role models for this type of evangelization.


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. Last year, the Pope’s message in anticipation of World Communications Day addressed the issue of yourth using the “new media technologies,” i. e. social networking and the internet in a wholesome way for the good–to build up our youth. This year, he is encouraging priests to use these same technologies. I would draw your attention to, a safety first social networking site for kids and teens–designed for kids to be themselves, have fun, develop thier interests, stimulate their creativity–in short, using the new media technologies for the good. was featured in Zenit and the National Catholic Register last year as an example of the new media being used for the good to build up our youth. It also has public boards that leaders of youth groups, teachers, priests can use to post information and respond to questions, without adults going behind the public wall into the community. I say hooray–and long overdue.

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