Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 15, 2006
Canada's Catholic media offers a variety of information sorces and websites
The Catholic Register
With World Communications Day just around the corner on May 28, the Catholic media in Canada are offering parishes across the country some easy tools to help raise awareness about their ministry.
Canadian Catholic News (CCN) has teamed up with Salt + Light TV to develop a web-based set of bulletin announcements and other suggestions to publicize the day. Readers can find it on the web at www.saltandlighttv.org/celebratewcd.
World Communications Day is celebrated by the Catholic Church each year on the feast of Ascension.
In his first message for this occasion, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "Daily we are reminded that immediacy of communication does not necessarily translate into the building of co-operation and communion in society."
He invites us to "reflect on the idea of media as a network facilitating communication, communion and co-operation."
The Church has long urged Catholics around the world to engage mass media to help in evangelizing and counter false messages about humanity and religious faith. It also supports its own media in newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines, book publishers and websites.
In Canada, a group of Catholic newspapers from coast to coast have created CCN to improve its journalism and compete better with mainstream media. And three years ago, Salt + Light TV appeared as a digital station to provide 24-hour coverage of the church in Canada and the world.
Websites are now helping to supplement traditional media with fast responses and in-depth information on the Church, its traditions and beliefs.
Some CCN members have websites containing recently published material including:
The Catholic Register at www.catholicregister.org
The Prairie Messenger at www.stpeters.sk.ca/prairie_messenger/
The B.C. Catholic at http://bcc.rcav.org/
The Western Catholic Reporter at www.wcr.ab.ca.