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Pope appoints ex-Fox News correspondent as Vatican spokesman

By | July 11th, 2016|News, SR News|

The Vatican has named a former Fox News journalist and member of the controversial Opus Dei group as its chief spokesman, while a Spanish female reporter will serve as his deputy. The appointment of Greg Burke, 56, was announced following the resignation of Federico Lombardi, a Jesuit priest who has served as spokesman for Pope [...]

New Media Literacy

By | June 14th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Keralites claim to have high rate of literacy. However, it is ironic that many do not even know what they mean by 'high rate' and 'literacy.' It is all the more shocking that the Catholics, the leader in education have only a superficial understanding about the meaning and significance of 'literacy' albeit their claim of [...]

Eco-Theology for seminarians, inspired by Pope Francis

By | May 31st, 2016|Ecology, News|

Pope Francis' Laudato Si is making impact not only on ecology, but on the seminary curriculum as well. The report on “Catholic Ecology Courses in Catholic Seminaries”, conducted by Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem (ICDF) reveals the range of their efforts to incorporate environmental issues into seminary coursework. Rabbi Neril who is founder [...]

MST Priests plant tree saplings in Laudato Si Seminar

By | May 21st, 2016|News|

Priests of Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle (MST) have delved a day reflecting and discussing Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on care of our common home. Laudato Si includes among the other papal documents MST priests have chosen for their personal and collective reflection during their Inter Regional Meetings of all member priests [...]

Communicating Mercy (Book)

By | May 3rd, 2016|News, Vallikatt|

Communicating Mercy, the forthcoming edited book by Dr Jose Vallikatt, deals with various aspects of Christian life in relation to mercy. Communicating Mercy approaches mercy from a cultural perspective with a special emphasis on how Pope Francis tries to present the Church as communicating mercy to the modern world. The first part of the book [...]

The Church and Culture

By | May 3rd, 2016|Resources|

The Second Vatican Council has given a new dynamism in the domain of culture, especially in the Constitution Gaudium et Spes. During the Second Vatican Council, the Church recognized that a dramatic gap had established itself between the Church and culture. Today it is indeed an arduous task to understand the extreme variety of cultures, [...]

Models of the Church

By | May 3rd, 2016|Resources|

Church as Institution: Clerics (Pope, bishops, priests, deacons) responsible to the laity for teaching (professing approved doctrines), sanctifying (Administering legitimate sacraments), and ruling (governing faith and morals). Church as Community (Body of Christ): A worshiping community of believers who by their faith become a sign and instrument of the union of God and man. Church [...]

The Church and Internet

By | May 3rd, 2016|Magisterium, Resources|

Along with the development of various media technologies the Church takes a fundamentally positive approach to the media. Even when condemning serious abuses of media, the Church considers that “a merely censorious attitude on the part of the Church...is neither sufficient nor appropriate”. The modern media of social communication are cultural factors that play a [...]

Ethics in Internet

By | May 3rd, 2016|Magisterium, Resources|

The Internet is the latest and in many respects most powerful in a line of media—telegraph, telephone, radio, television—that for many people have progressively eliminated time and space as obstacles to communication during the last century and a half. It has enormous consequences for individuals, nations, and the world. In this document the Pontifical Council [...]

Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education

By | May 3rd, 2016|Education, WCD Message|

1. The theme of the Forty-first World Communications Day, "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education", invites us to reflect on two related topics of immense importance. The formation of children is one. The other, perhaps less obvious but no less important, is the formation of the media. The complex challenges facing education today [...]