“I’ll be glad if pope comes on YouTube,” says Archbishop Celli

“I’ll be glad if the pope comes on YouTube,” says Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications speaking to a group of 20 communications professors and doctoral students at Rome’s Pontifical Salesian University Faculty for Social Communications, 1 December.

“Don’t be afraid of the reality of the means of communications,” says archbishop Celli explaining the need to be engaged in media ministry., who comes from Vatican Diplomatic Corps.

“We are not ‘born digital’ as the young people of today. Though people of my age are imported into the digital world, we need to present the Gospel message in a meaningful way using technologies of today,” says 67-year old Italian born prelate

 “It is my endeavour to have close collaboration with academic centres and listen to the deans of communication faculties and the bishops during their ad limina visits on the actual problems connected with Church and daily life issues,” says the bishop hailing from Rimini the native town of Italian movie legend Federico Fellini (1920-1993).

“We need to form Missionary Teams for Social Communications,” said the bishop calling on doctoral students and faculty to take turns as a practical step to train 100 young media workers from 8 countries of the AMACEA group of East Africa over a three year period.

The Message for the 43rd World Day of Social Communications due to be published on 24 January 2009, Feast of St. Francis of Sales, patron of journalists rightly coveys the practical concept of media for relationship and dialogue. The message reads: “New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship.”

Archbishop Celli was secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See before he replaced Archbishop John Foley who, after 23 years at the head of the Council, was named pro-grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, June 2007. For his diplomatic efforts to improve dialogue between the Holy See and countries like China and Vietnam, Abp Celli was awarded the “Freindadametz 2005″ prize. He also played a decisive role in launching the Vatican’s Web site in 1997. CMP

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